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This Week:  Idra Novey with Jordan Tierney + Jenenne Whitfield at The Ivy, The Indigenous Art Gallery opening at Baltimore Center Stage, One Maryland One Book launch, Hard Histories at the BMA, Kim Rice opening reception at Gallery in the Sky, Hoesy Corona at Current Space, ORIGIN opening reception at Baltimore Clayworks, RESONANT SPACE opening reception at MONO Practice, and Soul of the Butterfly at The Peale — PLUS IA&A at Hillyer call for proposals and more featured opportunities!


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Idra Novey: TAKE WHAT YOU NEED (With Jordan Tierney & Jenenne Whitfield)
Wednesday, September 6 :: 6pm
@ The Ivy Bookshop

Join us for an evening featuring Idra Novey and her latest novel, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED! Baltimore’s own American Visionary Art Museum features in the novel, and to bring the novel to life, we are thrilled to have Jenenne Whitfield, Director of the American Visionary Art Museum, and Jordan Tierney, 2023 Baker Artist Awardee, to join Novey in conversation.

After our conversation about TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, stay and celebrate the spirit of creating beauty from the overlooked. In the bookstore garden, we’ll build a collaborative sculpture out of discards, in the manner of Jean, the artist in Idra’s novel. We’ll supply the found materials from Baltimore’s urban streams.

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Click here to order TAKE WHAT YOU NEED!

Idra Novey’s novel Take What You Need is about an off-the grid artist whose work eventually finds a home at the American Visionary Art Museum. The novel was named one of the New Yorker’s Best Books of 2023 so far, and was a spring fiction pick with The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Take What You Need was a 2023 selection for NPR’s Nerdette Book Club. Novey teaches fiction writing at Princeton University.

Jordan Tierney’s artwork speaks for the urban streams of Baltimore and the beings struggling to survive there. The found wood and trash gathered on foot are her raw materials for sculpture. She won the Baker Artist Award for Visual Art in 2023. Her work is in many public and private collections.

Jenenne Whitfield, D.D. serves as the Director of the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Baltimore. Prior to her new appointment, she was President of the critically acclaimed Heidelberg Project, founded by Tyree Guyton in Detroit. Under Ms. Whitfield’s direction, The Heidelberg Project has risen to international status and is currently recognized as one of the most influential art environments in the world. Her leadership, knowledge, and experience have prepared her to take the helm after AVAM’s founder and only director, Rebecca Hoffberger retirement. She defines her path as: Developing and cultivating key educational and civic relationships within the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; Creating national alliances with other visionary art institutions; Enhancing internal operations and infrastructure; Expanding AVAM’s already outstanding local, national, and international status. Whitfield says, “it’s not about replacing, it’s about passing the baton, growing and expanding.” She welcomes the new challenge with open arms.



The Indigenous Art Gallery | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7 :: 5:30pm
@ Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage in partnership with the Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC) has  opened a new Indigenous Art Gallery at Baltimore Center Stage. This gallery showcases some of the region’s finest contemporary local Native American artists, and highlights the core tenets that Native people are still here, Native people are diverse, and that Native art and practices are connected throughout time. The gallery is free and open to the public during regular box office hours at BCS.

“The Indigenous Art Gallery makes erased histories visible while honoring the tradition and legacies of the Piscataway, Susquehannock, Lenape, and Lumbee peoples and the many Indigenous peoples who care for our lands and waterways today,” noted Annalisa Dias, Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation at BCS. “We walk in immense gratitude to the Baltimore American Indian Center for their ongoing trust and collaboration on this project and more. We look forward to deepening our collaboration for years to come.”

“Indigenous art embodies decolonization, incorporates history, past, presence, future, family, economically marginalized communities, and confronts environmental issues, through a balance of beauty, tradition and innovation,” said Tomalita Peterson, Executive Board Secretary at Baltimore American Indian Center. “We are deeply honored for this opportunity to work side by side with Baltimore Center Stage to showcase some of our finest contemporary local Native American artists.”

The new gallery aims to highlight the fact that BCS’ land acknowledgment, a practice of acknowledging the traditional Indigenous stewards of the land on which the theater works at the beginning of public events and in written public materials, is more than just a symbolic gesture; it showcases the vibrant and diverse works of contemporary Native artists in the Baltimore community, highlighting their unique perspectives and creative expressions. BCS has worked with partners at the BAIC to deepen relationships with local Native artists: the gallery features artworks by Baltimore Native artists Judy TallWing (Apache), Ashley Minner Jones (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), Joshua Webster (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), Dean Tonto Cox (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), and Tanelle Schrock (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina).

“Baltimore Center Stage strives to be a crossroads where people from all backgrounds across the many communities in Greater Baltimore can gather and find a cultural home through art. With that mission, we as an institution recognize the responsibility to make this space a place where Indigenous culture bearers, artists, artisans, makers, and their kin can thrive,” added Adam Frank, Managing Director at BCS.

Admission to the Indigenous Art Gallery is free to the public and open during regular BCS box office hours, Tuesday through Friday, 12PM to 6PM.



One Maryland One Book 2023 Launch [virtual]
Thursday, September 7 :: 6pm

Maryland Humanities welcomes There There author Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho) as the organization kicks off it’s One Maryland One Book 2023 programming. Orange will discuss the state of modern Native American literature, how THERE THERE fits into that legacy, and more. A Q&A will follow. Participants must register to receive the link for this virtual event.

Orange’s novel tells the interconnected stories of a cast of twelve Native characters from across generational lines, as they converge toward the Big Oakland Powwow. Together, they give a riveting portrait of the urban Indian experience. Orange will discuss the state of modern Native American literature, how There There fits into that legacy, and what readers can and should think about as they join in during the fall.


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Hard Histories: Reckoning with Racism, Forging Just Futures
Thursday, September 7 :: 6-7:30pm
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

History tells us how we got here. Hard histories show us a way forward.

“Baltimore’s Hard Histories” kicks off on Thursday evening, September 7, 2023, with a keynote conversation between columnist Jamelle Bouie, civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill, and museum director Asma Naeem, led by Hard Histories at Hopkins director Martha Jones. Hard histories promote change at colleges and universities, but also in the Supreme Court chamber, on the pages of the New York Times, and at the galleries of the Baltimore Museum of Art. These leaders will discuss the promises and the challenges of work that reckons with the myths, silences, and partial truths that undergird racism and discrimination. How, they will consider, do frank confrontations with the past promote transformations in our landscapes, narratives, leadership, and missions? How does understanding the past promote justice and equity in the present?

John Guess, Jr., CEO of the Houston Museum of African American Culture, will host this conversation.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration via Eventbrite required.

About Our Speakers:

Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and former political analyst for CBS News, covers U.S. politics, public policy, elections, and race. His political instincts provide audiences with unique insight on the past, present, and future of our national politics, policy, and the state of race relations. As he did while writing for Slate and the Daily Beast, Jamelle shares eye-opening perspectives on issues concerning the issues at play in America today. His work stimulates provocative, much-needed thinking on critical national affairs issues and helps audiences to analyze current events through the lens of human history and in the age of social media. He deftly illustrates how the past reveals itself in the present, and how policymakers, citizen activists, and cultural influencers can seize the power of information to make a difference.

Sherrilyn Ifill is a civil rights lawyer and scholar who, from 2013-2022, served as the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation’s premier civil rights law organization fighting for racial justice and equality. Today, she serves as a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation and is the inaugural holder of the Vernon E. Jordan, Esq. Endowed Chair in Civil Rights at Howard Law School where she directs the 14th Amendment Center for Law & Democracy. Ifill joined the staff of the LDF as an Assistant Counsel in 1988, where she litigated voting rights cases for five years. Her 2008 book On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century, was highly acclaimed, and is credited with laying the foundation for contemporary conversations about lynching and reconciliation.

Asma Naeem (she/her) is the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She previously served as the Museum’s Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and has organized exhibitions on the work of such artists as Candice Breitz, Isaac Julien, Salman Toor, and Valerie Maynard. Prior to the BMA, she held curatorial positions at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where she presented, among other shows, an early career retrospective of the work of Titus Kaphar, and an historical and contemporary exploration of the silhouette through the lens of gender, race, and technology. She has written widely on American art, contemporary art, critical race theory, the South Asian diaspora, and museum studies. Her book, Out of Earshot: Sound, Technology, and Power in American Art, 1847–1897, was published by University of California Press in 2020.

Dr. Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, Professor of History, and a Professor at the SNF Agora Institute at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose research explores how Black people have shaped the story of American democracy and today extends to work on memorial landscapes, family memoir and the history of the U.S. Constitution. She directs the Hard Histories at Hopkins Project which, since 2020, has examined the role of slavery and racism at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.

John Guess, Jr. is the voice and architect behind the resurgence of the Houston Museum of African American Culture, where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Formerly a member of the first Congressional Black Caucus staff and Senior Legislative Director for the late Maryland Congressman Parren J. Mitchell. Guess has had the Museum sponsor difficult community conversations including “Did the Barack Obama Presidency Improve the Lives of African Americans,” and “Why Did 53% of White Women Vote for Donald Trump.” In 2021, Guess had the Museum inaugurate its only permanent exhibition, “The Stairwell of Memory,” which utilized three different artists to memorialize through portraits local victims of police brutality Sandra Bland, George Floyd and Robbie Tolan, and began an annual Bland, Floyd, Tolan lecture that brings together the mothers of police brutality from across the country. Most recently, the Museum became the first African American cultural asset to own a Confederate Monument. Guess was recently awarded an Honorary Degree for Humane Letters by the Johns Hopkins University.

About Hard Histories at Hopkins:

Launched in fall 2020, this project examines the role that racism and discrimination have played at Johns Hopkins. Blending research, teaching, public engagement, and the creative arts, Hard Histories aims to engage our broadest communities—at Johns Hopkins and in Baltimore—in a frank and informed exploration of how racism has been produced and permitted to persist as part of our structure and our practice.



[RE] Birth of a Nation | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7 :: 6-8pm | Ongoing through November 19
@ Gallery in the Sky

For her most comprehensive Baltimore City exhibition to date, Kim Rice continues to explore themes of redlining, gentrification, housing, generational wealth, and neighborhoods. Working with archival lustre paper and common materials, Rice’s art serves as a creative critique on historic policies that still affect American society today.

“Baltimore is the birthplace of redlining,” explains Rice. “The Federal Government used Baltimore as a model for oppression and replicated it across the country. I love this city. I see the tenacity and creativity of the people here and believe that if Baltimore was once a model for oppression, we can become a model of equity for the country. ‘[RE] Birth of a Nation’ is a love letter to Baltimore change-makers and creatives who are already doing the work. To the rest of us, it is a call for philanthropy and support.”

Rice uses craft-based media to examine the construct of race through a lens of whiteness. Woven, sewn, and linked together, her large-scale installations reveal the ways in which whiteness is woven into our everyday lives. “With Kim, I found a level of authenticity, vulnerability, honesty, and ownership of what white in America can look like and its proximity to Blackness using weaving as a metaphor,” says curator Kirk Shannon-Butts. “Kim is a great addition to The Baltimore Movement — a group of Baltimore-based contemporary artists who are influencing the culture of city, the country, and the world through their art.”

The choice to produce Rice’s exhibition in this particular gallery — 27 stories above the daily activities of Baltimoreans — serves to amplify her message. ‘[RE] Birth of a Nation’ is an artful, political, and societal 360 of Baltimore City and beyond. Viewers are asked to reflect on their lived experiences and the effect location has played on them. Rice’s goal is for the audience to see another perspective. “I am deeply interested in perspective,” Rice says. “The ways in which I can look at an issue or experience and my view will be completely different than that of someone else.”


Kim Rice holds a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been shown throughout the country including the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Northern Illinois Art Museum, and the Delaware Museum of Art. Born in Kentucky and raised in California, Rice now calls Baltimore home.


Gallery in the Sky is located on the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center, at the Top of the World Observation Level, 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. As the tallest regular pentagonal building in the world, the Baltimore World Trade Center is an iconic part of Baltimore’s skyline. Top of the World’s impressive 360-degree view of our beloved city invites tourists from all over the world, helping to amplify exhibiting artists and their work beyond Baltimore.

For hours and directions to Top of the World and Gallery in the Sky, visit



Artistry Unveiled: An Evening with Enoch Pratt’s New Resident Artist, Hoesy Corona
Thursday, September 7 :: 7pm
@ Current Space

Join us for an Evening with Hoesy Corona!

Explore the world of art with the Enoch Pratt Free Library as they introduce Hoesy Corona, their new Artist in Residence during a special evening at Current Space.

Thursday, September 7th
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(Current Space Garden Bar is open starting from 5-11pm with Happy Hour from 5-7pm)

Special Talk by Hoesy Corona
Step into the imaginative realm of Hoesy Corona as he shares insights into his artistic journey. Uncover the stories behind his thought-provoking creations and gain a deeper understanding of his creative process.

Preview of Year-long Programming
Be among the first to glimpse the exciting year ahead! Hoesy will unveil a sneak peek of the programs, workshops, and exhibitions he has in store for the community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with Hoesy Corona and be part of a vibrant artistic dialogue. Mark your calendars for September 7th and join us at Current Space for an evening celebrating art, creativity, and boundless inspiration.

Photo Credit: The Nicholson Project | Anne Kim Photo



ORIGIN | Opening Reception
Friday, September 8 :: 6-8pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

“ORIGIN” is an exhibit that explores the concept of home and how it is defined, personally and culturally, by looking at different personal narratives, family histories, and cultural practices. It is the process of learning more about oneself and discovering the “true” self. It involves understanding what makes a person unique. Also, it requires people to be open to new experiences and willing to take risks to better understand who we are and what we want out of life. It can also involve reflecting on one’s past, understanding one’s values, and exploring one’s passions.

About the Curator

Kensuke Yamada was Born in Japan and came to the US to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where he received his BA. He continued his ceramics education at the University of Montana, receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, MT, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, and Guest Artist/adjunct instructor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University Philadelphia, A visiting Artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/ instructor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, also visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, KY. He is currently an instructor at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, AR. Yamada is a sculptor that creates layered narratives within his figurative works.



RESONANT SPACE | Opening Reception
Saturday, September 9 :: 2-4pm | Ongoing through October 14
@ MONO Practice

September 9 – October 14, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2-4 pm


Jacob Cartwright
Joanne Freeman
Jim Osman
Karen Schifano
Melissa Staiger

MONO PRACTICE is pleased to announce Resonant Space, a group exhibition curated by Patricia Zarate featuring the work of Jacob Cartwright, Joanne Freeman, Karen Schifano, Jim Osman, and Melissa Staiger.

The distinct two and three-dimensional work of the artists in Resonant Space is enriched by the reverberant tone they invoke in each other. The affinity of these artists can be seen in a lexicon of marks: lines, scribbles, scratches, smudges, dots, dashes, patterns, geometric and organic forms, textures and color, even as each stands firmly and uniquely in their approaches to art making.

The artists in Resonant Space are all current members of the American Abstract Artists (AAA). AAA was founded in 1936 in New York City at a time when American abstract art was met with vigorous critical and popular resistance. AAA is a democratic, artist-run organization that promotes and fosters understanding of abstract and non-objective art.

212 McAllister St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours: Friday, Saturday 1-4 pm, or by appointment







Soul of the Butterfly Talk: Chicory Magazine
Sunday, September 10 :: 1-2:30pm
@ The Peale

Kind of Blue Meets The Souls of Black Folk (An Exploration Of What Was and Is Possible) 

Sunday, September 10th at 1pm

FREE at The Peale

In the 1960s, Black writers in Baltimore utilized  Chicory,  a poetry magazine published by the Enoch Pratt Free Library from 1966-1983, as an artistic form for activism. Its five editors published the work by everyone from children to seniors, from social workers to people in prison about everything from bad housing and schools to celebrations of Black joy.

Soul of the Butterfly is a traveling exhibit that uses  Chicory  to tell the story of how Black artist-activists in Baltimore have been making change since the 1960s. Featuring poetry, artwork, and photos, it reminds us why the Baltimore Afro-American called Chicory “the most authentic microphone of Black folks talking ever devised.” It connects past and present by featuring work by young writers, artists, and creators in Baltimore in conversation with this history.

In “Kind of Blue Meets The Souls of Black Folk”, DewMore Baltimore will be taking a look at the cultural and historical intersections between Black Music and Black Language and how they have shaped and were shaped by both social movements and the movements of daily Black life in America. Featured speakers will be Victor Rogers (a.k.a. Slangston Hughes) and Devlon Waddell.

Their discussion will further explore how black words, through the lens of Chicory Magazine, reflected the range of blackness as experienced in Baltimore and was chronicled during the time of the magazines publication. They will contemplate from an Afrofuturistic perspective what it might have looked like in the years beyond Chicory had the magazines publication never ended, as well as asking the bold question: What may the future hold?

DewMore Baltimore uses art as a tool to increase civic engagement in marginalized communities throughout Greater Baltimore through innovative art-focused programming and community organizing via purposeful partnerships with community organizations, schools, and governmental agencies. DewMore aims to leave individuals and communities in a more actualized, engaged, and connected condition.



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IA&A at Hillyer Invites Call for Proposals
deadline September 22

Hillyer is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions that take place between January and December of 2024. Through a competitive selection process, 25 to 30 artists and/or curators will be awarded a one month solo or group exhibition in one of Hillyer’s three gallery spaces.

The Selection Process

All proposals that meet Hillyer’s qualifications are reviewed and selected by Hillyer’s Advisory Committee, which is composed of established artists and arts professionals, and chaired by Hillyer’s Director.

During the selection process, Hillyer’s aim is to select emerging and accomplished artists that are local, regional, national and international. Curators are also invited to submit proposals. Artists and curators who are selected will receive the following:

Mentorship from Artist Advisory members
One month solo or group exhibition
A $350 stipend
Exhibition opening and reception
Assistance with installation
Assistance with labels and didactics
Marketing and press releases
Public programs



Best in Show, 2021, Rain Maker by Jennifer Hecker

9th Annual Workhouse Glass National | Call for Entries
deadline September 23
posted by Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce a call for entry for its 9th Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition, juried by artist Kristina Logan. This is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks.

Juror – Kristina Logan<

Kristina Logan has been working with glass for over 30 years and is recognized internationally for her precisely patterned glass beads, jewelry, and objects. Kristina’s work has been collected by The Smithsonian Museum of American Art: Renwick Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, and the Musée du Verre de Sars-Poteries, France.

The Corning Museum of Glass writes– “…the work of Kristina Logan stands out for its originality, sophistication, and innovation.”

Kristina is a passionate maker as well as educator.  She has taught workshops internationally and in the United States in private studios and at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack  Mountain School of Crafts, Urban Glass, and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.



Foundwork Artist Prize
deadline September 26

An annual juried award for emerging and mid-career artists working in any media

We are delighted to announce the open call for our 2023 Foundwork Artist Prize. This year’s honoree will receive an unrestricted $10,000 grant and studio visits with each of our esteemed jurors whom we’re honored to introduce below. The honoree and three shortlisted artists will also be invited for interviews as part of our Dialogues program to further public engagement with their practices. Artists, please see the “Foundwork Artist Prize” section in our FAQ for instructions on how to participate.



Teapots X | Call for Entry
deadline September 29
posted by Baltimore Clayworks

Application Deadline: Friday, September 29
Notifications of Acceptance: by Friday, October 27
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, January 13, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 13 – March 23, 2024

Juror: Mike Jabbur
As I consider applications, I have no preference for a single style or approach. I hope to see examples that emphasize practical form and function, sculptural exploration that maintains functionality, and metaphorical teapots that may not function at all—the so-called “teapot as sculpture.” I welcome teapots made with any clay bodies, firing methods, and forming processes. My hope is an exhibition that represents the diverse range of teapots being made in contemporary ceramics.



Request For Proposal : Artist Exhibition Program 2023-2024
deadline September 30
posted by Port Discovery

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is excited to provide a unique opportunity for local artists to present their work to a whole new audience and stretch their art-making practice beyond the traditional gallery spaces. The Artist Exhibition Program (AEP) is a year-long exhibition opportunity for local artists to present artwork on the children’s museum’s walls. Selected pieces will be incorporated into Port Discovery’s interactive exhibit spaces and common areas with direct impact on the visitor experience. This program is being supported in part by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Portfolios,

More Info:

Information Session Dates:

August 9, 2023 at 5pm : Information session at Port Discovery for the Artist Exhibition Program 2023-2024
August 18, 2023 at 9am : Information session at Port Discovery for the Artist Exhibition Program 2023-2024



The Portrait | Call for Submissions
deadline October 1
posted by SE Center for Photography

We use portraits as objects of remembrance and reverence, of seduction and glorification. They can stir, and confront, and drive us to action just as they can lull us in longing for a time since passed. Black-and-white and color, analog, digital and especially antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.

Our juror for The Portrait is Brian Clamp. Brian Paul Clamp, has over thirty years of experience in the field. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art from Columbia University, and is the author of over forty articles and publications on American art to date.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG) and an archived, online slideshow. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenville’s First Fridays, a celebration of art, food and music.



Gutierrez Memorial Fund’s Legacy Grant
deadline October 30

The Gutierrez Memorial Fund is pleased to present its 2023 Legacy Grant. The project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations, individual artists, and educators who are residents of Maryland and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage community and transform the built environment. For more information on eligibility and to download an application please visit

The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2023.



header image: Kim Rice, "Complicit" from Redlining series. Hand-woven self portrait and redlining maps

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