Station North

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grants to Station North Artists


Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. announced the third, and final, round of projects to receive funding for its “Think Big” initiative, which helps artists and musicians advance their projects.

Station North, at 1800 North Charles St., received a total of $42,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

“A lot of projects are done on a small budget of $100 or so. With the funding, we could give them $1,000 or so and get to the next level,” says Station North Project Manager Rebecca Chan.

What’s Next for North Avenue?

Carolyn Frenkil, co-owner of North Avenue Market. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy of Bmore Media – North Avenue, like much of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, gets a lot of its buzz from its nightlife and reputation for a thriving underground arts scene. Poetry readings at theWindup Space, music and pizza at Joe Squared, a play at Single Carrot Theatre or a drink at Liam Flynn’s Ale House might be a typical night out for twenty-and-thirty-something hipsters.

Baltimore’s Annex Theater Re-Conceives Salome for the Tea Party Age


The Biblical story of Salome was adapted into a play by Oscar Wilde, an opera by Richard Strauss, and a film starring Rita Hayworth — but we’re willing to bet that the story has never quite been told in the way that Baltimore’s own Annex Theater will tell it this weekend.

Charles Street: Thoughts on Urban Duality


Baltimore Fishbowl intern Moses Hubbard, Mt. St. Joe ’11, wrote the following essay as part of his high school senior project. Moses and friends collaborated on “a multimedia artistic rendering of Baltimore,” ultimately completing a short movie with music. Moses’s writing served as the film’s poetic narration. “We felt a weird sort of pull from the city, like gravity, that none of us could ignore,” he says. Moses is a rising sophomore at Fordham University. 

Charles Street begins undramatically. It sprouts out where I-95 runs through the south side of Federal Hill, after a stretch of water and some train tracks, between two gutted warehouses. This first block is more parking lot than road, and a few abandoned cars can usually be found parked at haphazard angles along the street or in the grass beside it. It’s a humble origin for what becomes one of Baltimore’s most dynamic and important streets.

A Farmer’s Market Every Day of the Week

Photo of Hidden Harvest Farm by Ami Dang

Potential disaster alert:  It’s Tuesday in Baltimore and you’ve run out of kale. Lucky for you, there’s no need to wait until the weekend to re-stock your kitchen with produce from local farms. Baltimore has an abundance of farmer’s markets in all parts of the city, on all days of the week. Our roundup of a week’s worth of fresh produce is below. Got a favorite we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

Did Your High School Have Fashion Runways? Yeah, Didn’t Think So.


When it opens in fall 2013, the Baltimore Design School might be the coolest high school in a hundred-mile radius. Don’t believe me? Consider this:  it will have built-in fashion runways.

Don’t Miss the Open Walls Project: Finale Celebration Tonight at Station North



You’re driving down East North Avenue and just as you take the left onto Charles you look up and whoa! Huge mural. It’s a man lying on his side, fetal position, pulling off a mask that spirals away from him into a bright tangle of color and shapes. It must be 25-feet tall, and more than twice that long. All of a sudden the empty lot becomes a stage, a vantage point, somewhere to stand and take in the art. Sure it’s still dotted with empty cement buckets, and Doritos bags roll through like tumbleweed, but these things seem to matter less now.

The piece, recently completed by Argentinian artist Ever, is one of the most visible of 23 murals in Baltimore’s Open Walls project, which spans through Station North. Open Walls is an achievement in many senses – not only are the pieces artistically significant in and of themselves, they also represent a major collaboration among some of the foremost contemporary mural artists in the world, and a media success within and outside of the city. As a Baltimore native and resident, though, the most important part for me is their psychological impact, the way they transform the spaces they overlook. I wanted to see some more, so I rode around the area for a while.

New and Improved Station North Flea Market Kicks-Off on Saturday


Courtesy of Bmore Media – You just might find that treasure you’ve been looking for this weekend at the opening of the Station North Flea Market.

The season opens Saturday, May and will run on the first Saturday of every month until October at the corner of Lafayette and Charles Streets in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Previously the market was held on the unit block of East North Avenue, but the decision was made to relocate the market from a busy and loud location on North Avenue to an area better scaled for a flea market, says Ben Stone, executive director of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

One of the main goals of the market, Stone says, is to create a vibrant community event that engages locals, visitors, and artists alike. The market helps to build community for both older residents of Station North, as well as younger artists and students.

This year, the flea market will commission some small, affordable pieces of artwork. The goal was to create a way for people to get quality art rather inexpensively, Stone says.

Read more at Bmore Media

Station North: Is It Brooklyn Yet?



Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

For many locals, the term Station North, Baltimore’s officially designated Arts and Entertainment District, still draws a blank. Understandable really, because other than Joe Squared, the popular pizza and live music dive on North Avenue, what is there to see? But ask Charlie Duff, the charming and voluble head of non-profit development company Jubilee Baltimore, and you get a vivid picture of a neighborhood on the move.

“Baltimore is the number one city in the country for attracting young, educated kids over 25,” Duff begins, citing a USA Today  story about top metro areas attracting 25-34 year olds.  Between the percent change from 2000 to 2009 (we’re fourth), and the actual numbers, Baltimore does come out on top, and its vibrant arts and music scene is the most cited reason. The epicenter of that scene is Station North, where studios, theater companies, galleries, bars and clubs are coming up from the underground into the light of North Avenue, inviting comparisons to the arts scene that has revitalized large parts of Brooklyn, NYC.

Open Walls: Murals Brighten Station North


The Voice of America has featured Station North’s Open Walls mural project on its website.  See the video above that tells the story of the project.

Read the Voice of America story “Murals Brighten Baltimore Neighborhood”