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