About the Exhibit


Baltimore Dance Theater Company, 1970. Robert Breck Chapman Photographs.

This exhibit highlights the history and impact of the Baltimore Cultural Arts Program (CAP) which was born out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and the Model Cities legislation that was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1966. Baltimore was named as one of the sixty-three inner cities across the country to receive Model Cities program funding to fight urban poverty across the United States. The Baltimore Model Cities Agency provided funds to begin the Cultural Arts Project.

The exhibit includes a timeline of events and features archival photographs, ephemera, and records documenting the work of the Cultural Arts Program participants, program administrators, and individual events between 1964 and 1993.

This exhibit features images and documents from the Robert Breck Chapman Photographs, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association Records, and the Model Urban Neighborhood Demonstration Records collections all held by the University of Baltimore Special Collections & Archives. Click on individual images to learn more about each item.

Exhibit was first curated by Angela Koukoui in 2016. It was originally on display as a physical exhibition from the University of Baltimore Special Collections & Archives after Professor Nicole Hudgins, then-Chair of the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies, invited Special Collections & Archives to create an exhibit showcasing material from the department’s collections. 

Angela revised content for this digital exhibit in 2020 and it was added to this site between December 2020 and January 2021 by Laura Bell.

About the Exhibit