WILLIAM ARCHER | FLUID MOVEMENT
A lover of learning, building relationships, and trying new things,
William is an avid participant in Fluid Movement
and a staunch advocate for the city of Baltimore.
Email William: williamjeffreyarcher[at]gmail[dot]com
How interesting!: William’s collections include over 45 modern board games, and over a dozen tiki mugs from tiki bars across the country!
What brought you to Baltimore?
I grew up living in the suburbs of Maryland, and Baltimore was essentially “The Inner Harbor” in my mind. Now, as a someone who owns a home in, works in, volunteers in, and spends the majority of my time in the city, it’s amazing to see just how much there is to this place. I’ve tutored and taught in city high schools, I swim in an annual water ballet in public pools, I marched in the Baltimore uprising, and I’m a staunch advocate and defender of just how great Baltimore is.
What do you like about Baltimore?
I like that people care. Baltimore is full of passionate, tight-knit communities that work to add to and improve the city in small and large meaningful ways. I guarantee you that you know folks involved with all sorts of groups ranging from the Station North Tool Library to Volunteering Untapped, and you don’t even know it. I constantly meet new people who are advocating for bike lanes, improving youth activities, or even running for local office.
New Baltimoreans should definitely check out:
Fluid Movement: Years ago, while scouring the internet for something to do on a Saturday, I came across a water ballet event at Patterson Park pool and went to find something unique and wonderful that I hadn’t heard of in any other city. Later on I would find out that a co-worker was involved and encouraged me to join – with nothing to lose I became a life-long member of Fluid Movement. I performed in my fourth water ballet in July 2018. The best way to describe it is the Muppet show meets synchronized swimming meets community theater.
The people, the mission, and the themes are inspiring. Fluid Movement welcomes everyone into their fold to provide performance art in unexpected places and does so with a community-building mindset. Local community members are offered discounted tickets, lifeguards participate in the shows, and leaders in the organization strive to be active advocates for good throughout the city.