See photos of the Preakness Day festivities and infield party

Single Carrot Theatre

Former MICA president: Artists need safe spaces

Former MICA president: Artists need safe spaces

The closing of the Bell Foundry last Monday due to numerous code and safety violations, just three days after the tragic fire in Oakland, Calif., that killed three dozen individuals including at least one MICA alum, should be a call to action for all of us. Already, many have stepped forward to address the immediate needs of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and the artists who were displaced when the Bell foundry was shut down. However, a greater challenge will be to find long term solutions to the needs of artists and arts organizations throughout the city for affordable and safe spaces to live, work and perform.

Baltimore's arts community has seen dramatic growth over the past...