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Traditions: American Visionary Art Museum

"Most museums, urban museums, are like fortresses. They say 'stay out, we have valuable things inside.' We wanted to be an extension of Federal Hill Park, right behind us, and be more like a Wonderland." In 1984 Rebecca Alban Hoffberger had the idea for a new museum and education center that would emphasize intuitive creative invention, and five years later the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) was born.

For this episode of Traditions we spoke with Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Life Centers of America Annual School Supplies Giveaway

Life Centers of America provide lots of important services to Baltimore citizens, and one of those is a chance to unwind and let kids be kids at their Annual Backpack and Supplies Give-A-Way. One of the best parts of our job is photographing happy faces, and they were certainly abundant this day!

These schools supplies will be a big help to lots of kids and families.

These schools supplies will be a big help to lots of kids and families.

There were lots of tasty treats for everyone.

Bless the man that works the grill on a hot day.

This child trap seems to be working.

Eye of the tiger.

Did you know there were napkin-pulling contests? Because we didn’t.

New hat!

Remember to take a break from bouncing every hour.

Slay.

This dance battle got heated.

Raise it.

Raise it.

Congratulation to these heroes on a great event!

Congratulation to these heroes on a great event!

Traditions: Tugboats on the Harbor

Drinking a beer at Ó Flynn’s on Hanover Street is where we met Captain Mark Stephen Rooney of McAllister Towing of Baltimore. There, he started to tell us all about his life growing up near the Port of Baltimore and the path that led him to becoming a Baltimore Tugboat Captain.