Culture, Featured, Money & Power

City’s Plan to Potentially Repurpose Confederate Statue Bases Leaves Artists Wary

2 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 07, 2017 11:45am

Pablo Machioli’s “Madre Luz” sculpture knocked down on Aug. 17. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Seeing his “Madre Luz” sculpture in shambles last month was difficult for artist Pablo Machioli. The day after Mayor Catherine Pugh had Baltimore’s controversial Confederate monuments removed, activists placed his work depicting a pregnant black woman, child on her back and fist raised, atop the empty base in the Wyman Park Dell that had held statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

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Jurors for Installations, 12 ‘Neighborhood Lights’ Spots Announced for Light City 2018

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 3:38pm

“Light Happenings Part II,” by Labbodies. Photo by Stephen Babcock.

Believe it or not, nearly four months have already passed since the second annual Light City Festival, and the wheels are already in motion for the third rendition next spring.

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Mayor Pugh Signs Executive Order to Reduce Threat of Evictions for Artists in DIY Spaces

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017 3:51pm

The Bell Foundry in 2013, by Tyler Merbler

In a move designed to add a new layer of protection for artists who get kicked out of spaces deemed to be in violation of city building codes, Mayor Catherine Pugh today issued an executive order allowing officials to let artists remain in their buildings, so as long as their safety isn’t threatened.

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Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

Artists, Advocates Chime in on Discussion About Safe Art Spaces at Community Meeting

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 17, 2017 2:41pm

Dozens of artists, community leaders, students and others met at the War Memorial Building downtown Thursday night to share their hopes and concerns in the city’s quest to create safe artist spaces in Baltimore.

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Mayor’s Task Force Plans Art Space Inventory, Eyes Safety and Financial Assistance for Artists

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 9:30am

Task force members gathered at the Maryland Institute College of Art on Feb. 7, 2017.

Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mayor’s Safe Arts Spaces Task Force was by all definitions productive, but one key component of the second meeting was conspicuously absent: commentary from a crowd of the city’s artists who will, in theory, use the spaces.

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

BMA to Host Workshop, Discussion Panel Centered Around Black Art Entrepreneurs

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 06, 2017 9:43am

Courtesy BMA

For all of its present-day economic issues and social challenges to overcome, Baltimore in 2017 faces no shortage of creative voices, particularly in its black communities. Next weekend, the Baltimore Museum of Art is providing a platform for those voices to convene and share their recipes for success.

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Mayor Pugh Launches Task Force to Create Safe Working, Living Spaces for Baltimore’s Artists

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 1:13pm

Just over two weeks after city officials condemned the Bell Foundry building in Station North and evicted dozens of artists in the process, Mayor Catherine Pugh today announced the formation of a task force entrusted with creating more safe, livable and workable spaces for Baltimore’s artists.

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

In Wake of Bell Foundry Closure, Baltimore Rock Opera Society Launches Fundraiser for a Permanent Home

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 5:18pm

A rendering of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s planned space, “The Paradise,” by Greg Bowen

Last Monday, city officials pushed dozens of artists out of the Bell Foundry art space in Station North due to fire code violations. Among the unfortunate creatives suddenly left without studios and practice space were the dedicated members of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

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Culture, Featured

Artists Selected for ‘Neighborhood Lights’ Component of 2017 Light City Festival

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 3:14pm

Courtesy What Works Studio

Courtesy What Works Studio

Eight local artists or artist teams have been selected to take part in Neighborhood Lights, the community-based artist-in-residence program for the second annual Light City festival.

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Featured, Lifeline, Station North

Spontaneous Evictions Leave Artists at Bell Foundry Space Without Studios

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 12:04pm

The Bell Foundry in 2013, by Tyler Merbler

The Bell Foundry in 2013, by Tyler Merbler

Dozens of artists who have been working out of the Bell Foundry space in Station North are in need of new studios and supplies after being suddenly evicted on Monday afternoon by city officials.

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