Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Ensuring safe spaces for Baltimore artists

Ensuring safe spaces for Baltimore artists

Baltimore's arts community, which plays a key role in building the city’s creative economy and stabilizing neighborhoods, has a lot to be hopeful for since Mayor Catherine Pugh created a Task Force on Safe Arts Space and issued an executive order allowing artists to remain in living spaces despite building code violations as long there was no “imminent threat to life or safety.”

In the past year, Baltimore has not had one major space permanently close, even as Baltimore City’s Code Enforcement and Fire Departments have responded to safety concerns regarding more than 400,000 square feet of space where more than 300 artists live and work.

City officials instead have engaged...