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Baltimore mayor's task force on artists' housing meets for first time

Baltimore mayor's task force on artists' housing meets for first time

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's Safe Arts Space Task Force, formed after last month's shuttering of the workspace and performance venue the Bell Foundry due to safety violations, met for the first time Monday to discuss how the city can create a network of safe, cost-effective spaces where emerging artists can live, work and hold performances.

The meeting at the University of Baltimore Angelos Law Center mostly acted as an introduction and discussion between the task force and local artists, with both sides aiming to promote discourse around the complex issues of affordable housing for artists and public safety. Former residents of the Bell Foundry expressed concerns of expensive...

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