Nora Howell Morgan
Jubilee Arts a Program of Intersection of Change
To Nora Howell Morgan, art is a catalyst for change and a tool for empowerment. As program director for Jubilee Arts a program of Intersection for Change, Morgan is credited with creating two programs that expanded Jubilee’s offerings to Baltimore’s youth.
Morgan created Art@Work, a five-week artist apprenticeship program that employs youth to create highly visible murals and mosaics in west Baltimore. Since its inception in 2014, the program has enrolled 198 Baltimore youth who have produced 25 outdoor public art projects in Baltimore neighborhoods.
Morgan also created Youth in Business, an annual entrepreneurship program that serves 23 youth who live in the Sandtown-Winchester and Upton communities of west Baltimore. The youth gain hands-on experience while operating an art-based business.
Morgan is convinced that the arts have transformative powers, especially for older youth – a belief that was amplified after the death of Freddie Gray and the civil unrest that followed.
“These events further affirmed Nora’s belief in the urgency of the need for more programming to serve older youth. She responded by using her strong collaboration skills to engage partners that could help expand the scale of the programs she was developing,” said Reverend Dr. Karen Brown, grant writer for Intersection of Change.
Morgan’s commitment to Jubilee Arts has increased the number of classes offered from 15 to 23; Increased attendance at the annual block party from 500 to more than 1,200 and saw class enrollment jump from 500 to 2,500.