With the anniversary of last year’s civil unrest approaching, cultural events will roll all day on Pennsylvania Ave. in Central West Baltimore on Saturday, April 16. The annual Boundary Block Party returns with plenty of art, music and people coming together. Later, the Say it Loud film festival amplifies fresh takes on social issues.
The No Boundaries Coaltion’s annual Boundary Block Party looks to bring people together across cultures in West Baltimore. It gets underway at noon in the Pennsylvania Triangle Park (Pennsylvania Ave. and Presstman St.) with music and dance throughout the afternoon.
Timed with the event, a pair of art happenings are set to unfurl. At 11:30 a.m., a 36-foot mosaic will be unveiled at 1947 Pennsylvania Ave. You’ll have to show up to find out what it looks like. Made with a grant from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the mosaic is a partnership between Baltimore Clayworks, Jubilee Arts and artist Dominique Hellegeth.
From 1-4 p.m., the first of a series of events titled Upresting will be held at 1401 Fremont Ave. The sessions are centered around an interactive quadrophonic sound installation developed by local artist Adam Holofcener. “The sound installation can turn an individual’s voice into a one-person protest, giving the voice of many to each individual,” according to a BOPA description. Another workshop is planned for April 23, with performances featuring additional local artists on the following two Saturdays.
At 7 p.m., the Say It Loud Film Festival unspools at 1947 Pennsylvania Ave. The series of short films is geared toward transforming the narrative of pop culture with new kinds of storytelling. Films include a look at Cuba’s only female boxer, three men using yoga in West Baltimore and the Baltimore Uprising that followed the death of Freddie Gray itself.
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