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COVID-19 in Baltimore and Maryland

Ongoing Baltimore Sister Cities Food Drive for our hungry neighbors: Support food insecure members of our community by donating to the Maryland Food Bank!

City of Xiamen Donates 50,000 Surgical Masks to Baltimore

May 29th, 2020 On May 24th, a shipment of 50,000 surgical masks valued at nearly US$ 25,000 arrived at JFK Airport in New York for further transport to Baltimore. This is a gift from Baltimore’s sister city of Xiamen, China to the City of Baltimore to assist in the city’s COVID-19 response efforts. It follows an April letter of support from Xiamen Mayor Jiahan Zhuang to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. The masks will be kept at the Baltimore City Emergency Operations Center and distributed based on requests received from local health care institutions to meet critical shortages of this equipment.

More about this project can be found in the press releases linked to below:

Local Baltimore media reports:

Other featurettes:

  • Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. podcast
  • Sister Cities International post

Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month 2020

May 2020 Pursuant to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 outbreak, the in-person 2020 celebration in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library was unfortunately cancelled. We’ll be back in 2021 – but in the meantime, we encourage all members of the BXSCC community to visit virtual APA-themed displays from our community partners:

Towson University’s Asian Arts & Culture Center and partners created a virtual Asia North celebration: https://www.towson.edu/campus/artsculture/centers/asianarts/collection-resources/asia-north/
Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective’s Virtual Art Gallery: https://baltimoreapac.org/apahm-virtual-art-gallery

Baltimore Sister Cities Joins the Enoch Pratt Free Library Imagination Celebration

Saturday, October 24th, 2020 Postponed from March 28th, 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Further details to come.

Baltimore’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Celebration

Saturday, May 15th, 2021 (projected)
The 2021 celebration will be held at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Library, with a projected event date of Saturday, May 15th.
Check back for more details.