The American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, Inc.

5128 Yellowwood Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21209

510-578-0336 voice - 410-578-0166 fax -


Grady Dale, Jr., Ed.D.  President




     (Baltimore, MD August 20, 2004) -- In solemn remembrance of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, The American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, Inc. (AIUPS), will dedicate its 2004 Fall Conference, "Creativity And The Arts: The Healing Humanity Connection" on Saturday, September 11, 2004 to Americans serving around the world.  The conference will be from 9:00 a.m. t0 4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Levering Building, Homewood Campus, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland.   

"We are pleased to partner with CivicWorks/AmeriCorps of Baltimore in this celebration of the resiliency of America's people to surmount tragedy", said Grady Dale, Founder and President of AIUPS.  "As a nation we are still in the healing phase of the horrendous attack of three years ago, he said. "Our wounds and our sorrow are personal and deep.  Throughout the ages, the instinct to surmount tragedy and continue to live is always accompanied by the imperative to sing, dance, draw, write, speak and build upon the creativity inborn in each of us.  Both  AIUPS and CivicWorks endorse the philosophy of "can do in spite of the odds" that rekindles the individual will.  This is an intergenerational, interdisciplinary opportunity for artists who share a common vision of a better world. They present their talents in dedication to those Americans whose lives we commemorate today." 


The Conference Keynote speaker will be Peter H. Rosen, Producer of Creativity Cafe: New School for the Millennium and KidCast for Peace, Solutions for a Better World.   Mr. Rosen will discuss how to use the new technology to enhance creativity and focus on peacebuilding work through building networks dedicated to teaching children about their role in making the world a better place. "As Americans we take pride in our individuality. We believe that one person can make a difference," said Dr. Dale. Like Peter Rosen, I believe in the power of the person. Each of us is a living legacy. Our goodness is the foundation for our great nation.  And I also believe in the power of the group to achieve change. As individuals we represent the past, the present and the future of democracy, the most productive and most successful social experiment in human history.  We did it by working together. As a team. Whatever our race, ethnic background or special circumstance, each of us has a "special spark of creativity"- something of great value to recognize and respect.  Working together we help our country become a stronger, more resilient place to live, work, worship and leave as a legacy to our children. "

Opening Dedication will be given by Father Michael K. Paul, Rector, Saint Katherine of York Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Other presenters are: 

Aria Montgomery, Folk Singer, Poet and McDaniel College Senior;

Dennis and Angela Botzer, Penny Whistle, Flute and Fiddle Musicians

Jermaine Gardner, Oberlin College Music Student and blind pianist

Jacqui Kess Gardner,  Nurse, Author and Inspirational Speaker

         Harold J. Confer, Church rebuilder, poet, peacemaker;

         Nettie Millard, Inspirational speaker, mentor of young writers, poet;

         Dr. Brenda Bowe Johnson, third generation painter, educator and author

         Rodney Taylor, meditation and spiritual guru,

Justice Owens - 7 year old liturgical dancer

         Malik Cooper - 7 year-old bongo drummer

         Professor Ronald Claxton,  Art educator and mentor

         Anthony Kim, High school math genius and violinist

         Edna O. Harris, inspirational "song in the night" nonagenarian, and

Dancers from the Greenmount Korean American Senior Center in Baltimore.

Presenters and exhibitors will include other musicians, painters, and educators.


     "The purpose of the Conference is to launch a new era of official appreciation of the hands-on, humanizing effects of the arts in our increasingly impersonal world of 21st Century high technology; ATMs, Voice Messages, E-mails, and digital interactions for everything from medical examinations to dating, mating, homebuying and childrearing via the internet.  We want to affirm the healing value of human touch, that spark from the Creator that distinguishes us from all other creatures, is special. "   


" Art lives, breathes, paints, writes, sings, reflects our feelings and resounds to the resolute beating of the human heart. The Creative Spirit surmounts and endures. Creativity instructs, builds and impresses new concepts on the human spirit. Music heals. Poetry Inspires. Painting Expresses Ideas and Energy. Dance Invigorates and Motivates. Sculpture provides perspective. Drama reaches within our souls to identify, articulate and resolve conflict", Dr. Dale said.


Now, more than ever before, we face with many challenges as a nation,  many

that are new and close to home.  We are a strong, resourceful and resilient people.   We demonstrate our dedication as we seek out and celebrate positive, life-affirming will. We highlight attributes of personal creativity and foster use of the tools at our disposal as building blocks to justice and universal peace," The time to harness the collective creativity of our people, regardless of age or social standing for the purpose of honoring our country is now. We cannot afford to wait for someone else to take the initiative. We are the leaders we have been looking for," Dr. Dale said.


The September 11, 2004 Conference is free and open to the public, but prior confirmed registration is required.  For information or to register, call Dr. Dale at 410-578-0336 or write to AIUPS at 5128 Yellowwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Helen L. Dale, 2004 Conference Coordinator



            The American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, Inc. (The INSTITUTE), is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 c(3) non-political education, research and community catalyst organization with a primary mission to raise awareness of and establish dialog about quality of life issues affecting residents in under-served areas of America.  The INSTITUTE was incorporated in the State of Maryland in 1992 by Grady Dale, Jr., Ed.D., ABMP, Clinical/Consulting Psychologist and a governing Board of Directors.  The INSTITUTE provides professional consulting services, resource development services in the areas of community health and mental health, workplace wellness, group dynamics, program development, monitoring and evaluation, education and training.  Program investigations focus on children, youth, developmentally disabled and physically disabled persons, the elderly, occupations in which minorities r substantial members of the labor force, support for impaired professionals, law enforcement, transportation and other areas of life where the life chances of women, minorities, older persons, urban workers and residents are most at-risk.

The INSTITUTE has a policy of affirmative action and non-discrimination by race, nationality, age, religion, sex, gender orientation or physical or mental disability in all phases of all programs, projects, employment, contracts or any initiatives in which it engages.  Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all activities of The INSTITUTE. 

The INSTITUTE operates with funds from contracts and grants for services and revenues generated from its programs.  Program activity initiated by The Institute is supported by participants and underwritten as necessary.  Contributions are tax-deductible. 5128 Yellowwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209.  410-578-0336. Federal ID 52-1831069. 


 The following honors were awared to Mr. Rosen

 Rosen's Award (Plaque)Rosen's Certificate award


















Dr. Grady Dale, Jr. Founder and President,

The American Institute For Urban Psychological Studies, Inc.

And Dana M. Stein, Esquire, Director CivicWorks/AmeriCorps

Cordially invite you to join them in an Inspiring


An intergenerational exploration of artistic creativity as a primal life force and civilizing factor in the human experience



2004 Fall Conference

Saturday, September 11, 2004

The Great Hall - Levering Building

The Johns Hopkins University

Homewood Campus - 3400 North Charles Street

Baltimore, Maryland






From Bach to Rock and Leotyne Price to Lauren Hill

From Mayan Cave Drawings to Romare Bearden Street Scenes

From Aristotle to Maya Angelou

From castle mural to death camp scrawls

From Sidewalk Graffiti to Michangelo's Sistine Chapel


Whatever the beat

Wherever the site

Whenever the evolution

However the situation

The Creative Spirit Surmounts

Art lives, breathes, paints, writes, sings, reflects our feelings and resounds to the resolute beating of the human heart.


Throughout the ages, the instinct to live is always accompanied by the accompanying imperative to sing, dance, draw, write and speak to future generations.








 In recognition of the important role of artistic creativity to the overall quality of life for people of all cultures, the American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies invites you to join them at its

2004 Fall Conference

Saturday, September 11, 2004

10 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland





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