Beatrice L. Levi

“In about 1955, a little group would meet in a café to hear about modern art, and we just expanded from that. And the more it grew, the more serious we became. We would get the Hopkins Art History Department to talk to us. We called it the Art Seminar Group. Now, with 220 members and a waiting list of 102, we're as diverse a group as you can find.” – Beatrice L. Levi

Beatrice L. Levi

Photo courtesy of Joan Roth.

Activist, innovator and visionary, Beatrice L. Levi has created educational opportunities for Baltimoreans of all ages. Born in Baltimore City, Maryland in 1919, Beatty was raised by her grandmother and mother after the death of her father when she was just five years old. Exposed to the cultural world of New York City by her uncles, Beatty had hoped to work in the New York publishing world before a bout with typhoid fever forced her to change her plans. Shortly after graduating from Goucher College, Beatty married Joseph Levi in 1941. In addition to her husband and daughters, Margaret and Alice, Beatty has dedicated herself to three important loves: the League of Women Voters, Tips on Trips and the Art Seminar Group. As a full-time volunteer for the League, Beatty worked to get out the vote of black Americans and on other pressing social issues. From 1971 to 1995, Beatty co-founded and operated Tips on Trips, an international travel consultation program providing interesting and innovative travel experiences for youth. As a co-founder of the Art Seminar Group, Beatty has brought arts education to hundreds of Jewish and non-Jewish Baltimoreans. In 2002, she received an honorary doctorate in Humanities from the Maryland Institute College of Art in recognition of her accomplishments.

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