I recently sat down with Tiffany James, event coordinator for Doors Open Baltimore 2017. For those of you who have never attended this yearly event, it has something for everyone and it’s free. Check it out October 28th and 29th.
Doors Open Baltimore was launched four years ago, operating in similar manner to other “Doors Open” initiatives in various cities across the nation. The American Institute of Architects Baltimore branch, AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, are the driving forces behind this initiative. Through Doors Open Baltimore, AIA Baltimore makes it possible for city residents and tourists alike, to visit 50 architectural wonders in the Baltimore area.
This year is the first year that the program has been extended to two days, on Saturday, there will be access to 50 building for self-guided tours and open houses. Sunday is reserved for special events and guided tours only.
There’s also a slew of other events surrounding the weekend Doors Open Baltimore festivities. On October 26th from 6:00- 7:30 p.m at Morgan State University. Morgan State University Professor, Dale Glenwood Green, will present research findings on the Life and Legacy of Maryland’s early African American architects. There will be an opening lecture and there’s a bus tour hosted by Baltimore Heritage October 29, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. that will leave from the area of City Hall, a bicycle tour that will depart from the Federal Hill area on Sunday, October 29th 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and even kid friendly activities. For a full list of the events associated with Doors Open Baltimore, check out http://doorsopenbaltimore.org/events/
Doors Open Baltimore constantly grows, in the past, attendance had reached as high as 3,000 people until last year, when 9,000 people participated. This year is expected to be even bigger and better, especially with the social media campaign Tiffany has been running.
This is Tiffany’s first year working as an event coordinator for Doors Open Baltimore. She recently launched her own consulting business, TJ Phoenyx, and landed this project as her first major gig.
When asked why she choose to take this project on, she went into great detail on her innate need to help her community, a quality she picked up from her grandmother. She has a self describes “addiction to volunteerism” Tiffany primarily focuses on working with non-profits and social entrepreneurs with a focus on creating a positive social impact through story telling. She is driven by her ability to use her skill set to impact others.
In her role as event coordinator, Tiffany has helped to launch the #ExploreMoreDoors hashtag campaign to aide you in sharing your Doors Open Baltimore experience as well as connect with others who are out exploring. Through social media, Tiffany has used event attendee, site and sponsor interviews to show share the story behind Doors Open Baltimore, as seen through the eyes of the Baltimore community.
This project had to be a dream job for Tiffany, while she is a consultant, skilled in marketing, she is also a former student of architecture herself and graduate of the University of Virginia.
You can stop past the Maryland Historical Society at 201 W. Monument on Saturday morning to pick up a list of the buildings participating. Some of the buildings I’m most interested in are the Edgar Allen Poe House, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Centre Theater and Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. For a full list of sites, you can go to http://doorsopenbaltimore.org/sites/
Would you like to volunteer? You can by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpCqw8Cu4mkMklfnZ43TvGYX3V5YONe0PwvUC9THIksNWzTQ/viewform
Don’t forget to take plenty of pics as you ‘explore more doors’, there will be cut out hearts provided to use to show the sites you love the most. Hashtag your pics and you may end up being shared on the Doors Open social media pages. Add Doors Open Baltimore on Facebook.
To get more information on Tiffany James’ consulting company and services, Check out her website at http://www.TJPhoenyx.com