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Station North Arts & Entertainment District director Ben Stone resigns

Ben Stone has resigned as executive director of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc.
Ben Stone has resigned as executive director of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc. (Handout)

Ben Stone, executive director of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc., has resigned.

His last day with the promotional group — which helped turn the neighborhoods of Charles North, Greenmount West and Barclay into the state's first designated arts-and-entertainment district — will be April 9.

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Stone, who has been executive director since August 2011, has accepted a position at Washington's Smart Growth America as director of arts and culture. On Wednesday, Stone said he was proud of the work done in Station North, and that his exit is based on an "opportunity present[ing] itself."

"I'm excited to work on something on a larger, national scale," Stone, a Baltimore native, said.

The Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc.'s board of directors is working to appoint an acting executive director while also conducting a national search for a permanent replacement.

Stone's work in the neighborhood includes initiatives like the Open Walls Baltimore festival of street art, the "Bmore Seoul to Soul" series, and the Ynot Lot, where public events are hosted.

Stone said he believes Station North is on the right path as a thriving arts district, and just needs further strengthen its relationships with the universities and community groups within the area.

"The work is far from done but it's moving in the right direction," said Stone, who will remain a Baltimore resident.

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