Five local art projects will be receiving grants of between $10,000 and $30,000, officials with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts announced Thursday.
Known collectively as the PNC Transformative Art Prize, the largest grant, $30,000, is being awarded for a fall display of The Monument Quilt, a project of art activist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. The quilt includes 1,500 squares that will spell out "Not Alone" and blanket North Avenue; the display will include "performances, healing workshops, church services, community programming, and an interactive fabric installation that invites Baltimore residents to respond to the question: 'How do you support survivors?'"
A $25,000 grant was awarded Baltimore Clayworks, which, in partnership with Jubilee Arts, artist Dominique Hellgeth and more than 100 Sandtown and Upton residents, has created a 36-foot tall mosaic mural for the façade of the Harris-Marcus Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. Working together, their plan is to "transform a vacant lot into a new outdoor classroom and community performance stage."
The Southeast Community Development Corporation was also awarded $25,000 for "Estas Aqui" or "You Are Here," a bus shelter and "future neighborhood landmark" at the corner of Baltimore Street and Highland Avenue.
A $20,000 grant was made to Section I for its Urban Arts Festival, a week-long celebration that will include "more than 100 visual, musical, and performing artists that will converge in Baltimore to transform a once-derelict site into the world’s largest urban art park." The festival is set to run concurrently with Baltimore Innovation Week, set for Sept. 25-Oct.3.
Finally, a grant of $10,000 was targeted for the Collective Minds Festival, set for Sept. 6 in Druid Hill Park. Featured acts will include Charles Cooper, Wendell “Supreme” Shannon, B’More Than Dance, Union Crew Line Dancers, Belly Dance with Alsana, Carolyn Victorian and the Druid Hill Drum Circle.
The PNC Transformative Art Prize, administered by the Office of Promotion & The Arts, is supported in part by PNC Bank and the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development.