Baltimore Launches Cultural Tourism Program ‘In Celebration of Women’

BALTIMORE, March 14 /PRNewswire/ — Best known for its famed Inner Harbor and friendly atmosphere, Baltimore is also home to substantial contributions by pioneering women who influenced the fabric of our nation and those who continue to keep a spotlight shining on the city’s cultural heritage. In recognition of these contributions, Baltimore announces its new ‘In Celebration of Women’ program, a travel initiative designed to encourage the exploration of the city’s cultural treasures through the diverse accomplishments of Baltimore women.

For a limited time, a travel passport offering discounted admission to over 25 attractions is available as a kick-off to ‘In Celebration of Women’. Beyond the popular trend of “shopping and pedicure” girls’ getaways, the initiative features exhibits and events at more than 30 cultural institutions. Also, a new, permanent micro-site, http://www.baltimore.org/women, includes program and event information, sightseeing itineraries, a trip-advisor blog, and biographical histories of women who have contributed to and continue to impact the city’s thriving arts scene. Some of the famous Baltimoreans profiled include Claribel and Etta Cone, whose impressive collection of fine art became the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Marin Alsop, whose recent appointment to conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra made history as the first woman to head a major American orchestra.

Among the dozens of attractions participating in ‘In Celebration of Women’ are the Walters Art Museum and the Contemporary Museum, which are currently co-presenting an exhibition of works entitled “Femme” by renowned contemporary sculptor Louise Bourgeois. Other exhibits include “Feast, Famine & the Female Form” at the Baltimore Museum of Art, ranked as one of the top 10 art museums in the country; a women in sports photo gallery at Sports Legends at Camden Yards; and “Race, Class, Gender does not equal Character” at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Making your trip to Baltimore easier, AMTRAK is currently offering a “buy one adult fare, get a second half off” travel discount; The Peabody Court Hotel has created the “Louise Bourgeois Femme Deluxe Package,” including overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and tickets to the “Femme” exhibit at the Walters Art Museum; and the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon is offering a 20 percent discount off of multiple services when you visit with a friend. The ‘In Celebration of Women’ passport and special deals are available online and at the Baltimore Visitor Center through May 2006; and the micro-site will continue to be updated with women-themed exhibits and events.

‘In Celebration of Women’ is a partnership between the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association (BACVA) and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. BACVA, a membership-based organization, is the official destination development and marketing leader for Greater Baltimore, responsible for generating incremental economic benefits to the community through the attraction of convention and leisure visits. For more information, please visit http://www.baltimore.org/.

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