bs-ed-op-0208-art-spaces-20180206. Preserving long-term, safe, affordable arts space in Baltimore is a challenging issue, but the dedication and diligence of property owners, artists, officials and nonprofit organizations committed to the task is encouraging.
The suggestion to utilize vacant properties was one of more than 40 recommendations Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Safe Art Space task force made after working for the past year to address the many issues surrounding Baltimore’s lack of safe and affordable spaces for artists.
On Saturday evening, people from all over Baltimore—some coming straight from the Women's March in Washington—filed into Coppin State University's James Wheldon Auditorium, passing through the epicenter of the Baltimore Uprising to see acclaimed actors perform dramatic readings of an adapted version of Sophocles' 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy "Antigone."
On Monday evening, the Maryland Institute College of Art's Falvey Hall filled out to the lobby with well over 500 attendees for the city's first-ever mayoral candidate forum focused on arts and culture.
"The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe" transformed Pratt's West Monument Street mansion into a physical manifestation of Poe's fevered psyche, what the show calls "the mesmeric world." In this immersive performance, audiences are free to explore (most of) the Pratt House, presented as part gothic pageant, part haunted house, and part richly layered art installation.
The Really Big Main Street Music Festival is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 26, from noon to 8 p.m. There will be five stages scattered throughout town featuring 60 bands, including one of my son Dave's old favorites Kelly Bell.
A stretch of apple trees planted in the median of Callaway Avenue in Northwest Baltimore has become a rallying point for a neighborhood looking for recognition. Residents have spent their spring weekends tending to their own orchard, which is now bearing small apples. In the process, they want to show themselves, and others, that Callaway-Garrison is a terrific neighborhood.
Let us reframe the perception of Baltimore. While it would be unconscionable to ignore the historical causes and ongoing pain underpinning the unrest last week and peaceful protests since then, the Baltimore community must find a way to celebrate and broadcast our togetherness and the richly complex facets of our reality. Ours is not a city to fear or pity. To the contrary, ours is a city that has enjoyed genuine renaissance in recent years, and among its greatest assets are the authenticity and
Though people may describe the region around Baltimore City as "Greater Baltimore," area leaders — from government, business, non-profits and academia — could do more to fully embrace that term and develop the potential it implies. Doing so is a critical component for the continued rejuvenation of Baltimore City and the county communities near its borders.
Up and coming Single Carrot Theatre is making its move to its permanent home, in the old Mr. James Tire Shop, one of the Seawall redevelopment properties. Single Carrot will open its first show in the new space Jan. 24.
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance has established a new grant program dubbed the "Rubies" that will distribute $120,000 during 2014 to support the "long-dreamed of or newly inspired creative projects" of local artists.