Mayor Launches Open Walls Baltimore
This article was posted by Martha Cooper 1 Year, 2 months, 1 week, 5 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes ago.
A serious street art project is happening in my hometown of Baltimore and I’m excited to be part of it. Open Walls Baltimore, aka OWB, kicked off last week with a standing-room only press conference in the WindUp Space, an appropriately funky venue. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in the house and delivered an enthusiastic speech opening with the line, “I love art.”
The lucky neighborhood designated to receive the murals is the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. It’s adjacent to the train station and the Bolt bus stop if you’re traveling from NYC. Gaia helped write the grant for the project, select the walls and curate the lineup of international and local artists.
Baltimore is an old and beautiful city that, sadly, has fallen on hard times. Architecturally significant buildings and ordinary rowhouses, abandoned and boarded up, line the streets. The underlying agenda for murals of course, is to stimulate real estate investment and this can be a double edged sword. However responsible plans are in place to continue to provide reasonably priced housing in the area. PNC Bank, the primary funding source for OWB has a community development program focusing on investments to low and moderate income people.
I personally would love to see Baltimore become an international arts destination. This venerable city deserves some love.
© Martha Cooper & 12ozProphet - Saturday March 10, 2012