Baltimore's art scene is defined by collaboration. Wherever you turn, artists seem to be working together concocting some mad scheme, creating a new work, or founding a new gallery or performance space. And yet, all this collaboration never equals conformity. The Annex Theater may be working with the EMP Collective to start a whole new strand of performance spaces on North Howard Street, but each of these venues remains fiercely independent, like the rest of the artists in town. With cheap warehouse space, a top-notch art school, and a low cost of living, Baltimore's art scene is poised to grow bigger . . . and weirder.