Donte Johnson and Jason Bass are respectively the general manager and first-ever Director of Culture & Impact for the Revival Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2019, Donte Johnson joined the Revival Hotel team as general manager, and set things in motion to turn the hotel into more than just a place to lay your head or to grab a drink. Johnson is committed to ensuring the hotel is a space that is inclusive and welcoming to all. This is done through various efforts as part of the Hotel's social impact focus--- a plan launched in January 2020 with the help of the Georgetown Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation to elevate and support minority-owned businesses and develop and nurture relationships with local organizations in order to make an impact on the local community and beyond. To advance its social impact efforts, Johnson hired the hotel’s first-ever Director of Culture & Impact, Jason Bass, who has spearheaded numerous efforts on behalf of the hotel including curated programming and events such as educational workshops, interesting conversations highlighting diverse voices from across the community (in celebration of Black History Month, Women’s History Month, around medical cannabis on 4/20, Earth Day, etc.), art pop-ups, etc.
Beyond their programming on-site, Revival works to support the Baltimore community through partnerships with local minority businesses, engaging in philanthropic efforts and providing assistance to the community wherever the need made be. Some examples of this include a commitment to engage with local and Black-owned businesses, which has resulted in vendor partnerships with Lor Tush (the hotel purchased a year’s worth of toilet paper) and Art of Balance Wellness Spa, both of which are women and Black-owned small businesses in Baltimore, and a soon-to-be-announced partnership with Black Acres Roastery, a Black-owned artisan coffee roaster located in the Highlandtown district of Baltimore, as well as an internship program with Morgan State University and the ongoing fundraising effort with Black-owned label La Fete du Rose (owner is a Baltimore native) to benefit the Baltimore-based Learning to Live Movement, providing travel opportunities for high school students of color. The hotel plans to continue modifying its vendor/supplier list to support local and minority-owned businesses to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses to grow and flourish. Throughout the pandemic, the hotel has provided free meals to those in need, discounted rooms to first responders and donated restaurant space to women- and Black-owned restaurants Urban Oyster and Breaking Bread (both which are still working out of the hotel to this day!).
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