Strive – Film Screening + Fundraiser for The Peale Center

VIP reception (doors 5:30pm): $100
Screenings only (doors 7:15pm): $10 
Park for $3 across the street from the Theatre.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Peale’s renovations. We thank The Charles Theatre and for their support, as well as media partners The Real News NetworkBmoreArt, and the Out of the Blocks podcast.

Join us for the Baltimore premieres of Strive and By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival. The Peale, which served as Baltimore’s first public high school for people of color (1882-1888), is honored to help share these important stories in Baltimore, a city animated by young people who are striving to earn an education and build a future for themselves.

Strive is the award-winning film launching this winter on UMC (, AMC Networks’ online TV service, streaming quality storytelling about African American and urban life. It’s the story of Kalani Johnson (JoiStaRR), a high school student who must overcome the challenges of growing up in the projects to fulfill her dream of getting into Yale. Danny Glover, the renowned actor, activist, and board member of our neighbors, The Real News Network (TRNN), plays her college counselor. TRNN is generously lending their support as media partners for the event.

By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival
A feature in the landscape of Baltimore and other urban centers for decades, the city’s “squeegee kids” have received new attention from press and city leaders in recent months. With support from the Peale and the Arch Social Community Network, the Baltimore National Heritage Area is debuting a short documentary to share their authentic stories and help us learn more about these Baltimore entrepreneurs.

By Any Means Necessary is co-produced by the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BHNA); Tony Mendez and El Mar Y EL, LLC; Myles Banks and Stunt 311; Arch Social Community Network; and Noel Anton of TenderBridge, Inc. with support from the Peale Center.

  • 5:30pm: Doors open for the VIP reception, featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres by Tapas Teatro, and “artisanal selfies” – your silhouette cut freehand in the historical style by artist Lauren Muney.
  • 7:30pm: Screening of the mini-documentary, By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival, followed by the feature film, StriveThe screenings will be introduced by the artist Jeffrey Kent, the Peale’s artistic director.

Before the films, see the pop-up exhibition!

5:30-7:30pm in the Charles Theatre lobby

Daisy Brown, the Peale’s staff photographer, photographed the filming of By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival. Some of her photographs of the “G300 Squeegee Boys” team will be on display and available for sale in the Charles Theater lobby before the screenings, along with G300 t-shirts. All proceed of the sales of the photographs will benefit the photographer and the G300 team, some of whom will be on hand to meet event guests in person!

Also during the reception, tour recent and upcoming Peale exhibitions using new digital technologies: