On Sunday, November 27, the arts community of Maryland suffered a great loss with the passing of arts advocate and visionary leader, Nancy Haragan. As the founding director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and as a member of the Maryland State Arts Council Nancy was fearless in her advocacy for the arts and believed strongly in their power to transform the lives of individuals as well as communities. She was fiercely intelligent and had an insatiable appetite for knowledge and new ideas. And, she knew exactly what players to bring to the table to make things happen, the epitome of a mover and shaker. Because of Nancy and her work, Maryland is a more creative and vibrant place. She was an original and will be sorely missed.