Your Girl Cheryl
Cheryl T. Goodman is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Creative Writing/Verbal and Visual Communications. A classically trained pianist, “dance hobbyist,” published feature writer, successful grant writer, and on-air radio and television personality, Ms. Goodman has studied, worked, and performed in the professional arena of arts and entertainment since 1982, and specifically, non-profit arts administration since 1985.
Ms. Goodman’s work experience in the areas of development, marketing, programming, special events production and technical assistance includes several years of service on the local, state, and national levels. She has created and implemented funding and performance programs for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her expertise in the performing arts has been sought on grant review panels, artistic competitions, advisory committees and conference panels for the Michigan Council on Art and Culture, Kentucky Arts Council, International Conference of Blacks in Dance, Opera America, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Southern Arts Exchange, Maryland State Arts Council, NAACP and Baltimore City Public Schools. Over the years, Ms. Goodman has represented music, theatre and dance artists for performance throughout the east coast as a booking agent and written community, government, corporate and foundation grants for individual artists and small and major arts and community organizations such as The Hippodrome Foundation, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Arena Players, Baltimore Reads, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and Bowie State University on a part time basis acquiring close to $1,000,000 in just the past few years.
As a producer and presenter, Cheryl Goodman has staged events over the years featuring national artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, Cyrus Chestnut, Terence Blanchard, Roy Ayers, the late Stanley Turrentine, and Sweet Honey in the Rock and in nightclubs, theatres, and festivals such as St. Peter’s Church in NYC, Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY), Lisner Auditorium (WDC), Lorton Correctional Facility (VA) and more. Since 1994, she has produced jazz festivals and concerts and is the founder of the Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Cheryl was the Associate Convention Director of the JazzTimes Convention, the largest international gathering of jazz industry professionals held annually in New York City for many years, producer of the Annapolis Jazz Fest for two years, a consultant to Billboard magazine on the first Billboard/BET on Jazz Conference and for the past five years, producer of the successful Cylburn Sounds: Jazz Under the Stars, a free, mid week jazz series running in the summer and fall in northwest Baltimore featuring local and regional jazz performers and attracting more than a thousand attendees at each event.
In the area of dance, Ms Goodman founded and produced since 2003, Dance Baltimore!, a free, all day dance festival with youth and professional presentations staged at The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Murphy Fine Arts Center and Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. The event won the “Best Dance Event in Baltimore” award from Baltimore magazine in its first year and attracted an audience of close to 3,500 in its third year. Throughout the year, Ms. Goodman produces a number of dance concerts for Dance Baltimore at The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland, Theatre Project, The Creative Alliance at The Patterson and other venues that feature exemplary local and
regional professional dance ensembles. Dance Baltimore has been contracted in past years to provide performances for Artscape, the country’s largest outdoor arts festival; Black Engineer of the Year Awards Ceremony, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and more. Dance Baltimore was acknowledged for its role in the community with the Community Organization Leadership in the Arts Award from Muse 360 in February 2008. Ms. Goodman founded Dance Baltimore, the arts service organization in 2003, and currently serves as its Executive Director (www.dancebaltimore.org)
Ms. Goodman is published as a feature writer and critic in several national art and entertainment trade newsletters, online services and magazines such as Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Stage Direction, DanceNews, Inside Arts, JazzTimes, Midwest Jazz, Down Beat, Savoy, Baltimore’s Sunspot, and BET Weekend and has interviewed dance, theatre and music greats such as Martha Graham, Judith Jamison, Patti LaBelle, Regina Belle, Patrice Rushen, Katherine Dunham, Gladys Knight, David Parsons, Dr. Billy Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Miriam Makeba and more. She is currently the founder/editor of the digital magazine, What’s HOT in the DMV with “Your Girl Cheryl.
She was an on-air adjudicator/panelist for the cable television show “Jazz Discovery” on Black Entertainment Television (BET) for four years with notable jazz masters such as Chick Corea and Herbie Mann and served as head judge in Vocal Music/Contemporary for the annual national ACTSO Competition of the NAACP (1996 – 1999). She was producer/host of “In the Spotlight,” a 30-minute talk show in Baltimore featuring personalities such as international supermodel Carre’ Otis and Malikah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, for two years. She is currently on air at WEAA FM in Baltimore as “Your Girl Cheryl” with What’s Hot for the Weekend and regularly hosts concerts and special events throughout the metropolitan area (www.yourgirlcheryl.net).
Ms. Goodman has provided technical assistance to many arts and community organizations and arts professionals over the years as well. She has been a Consultant with the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) moderating workshops in its Organizational Development Assistance (ODA) program in the areas of board development, marketing, strategic planning and fundraising throughout the state and worked in that capacity for four years. Ms. Goodman has also been a featured speaker at a variety of city and regional arts forums and conferences sponsored by MSAC, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, Southern Arts Federation and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Ms. Goodman has appeared regularly on and provided services for the Smithsonian Institution; The Baltimore Museum of Art; National Endowment for the Arts; New Jersey Jazz Society; Maryland Council for Dance; Station North Arts & Entertainment District; The Tremont Hotel; Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Arena Players, WJHU-FM; WEAA FM, WJZ-TV13; WMAR-TV, WBFF-TV; Howard University; Maryland Film Commission; Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Theatre Project; The Community College of Baltimore County; Baltimore School for the Arts; Towson University; The Writers Center; National Association of Black Storytellers and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.