Artists and Neighborhood Change

Executive Director Letter
June 25, 2013

The Artists and Neighborhood Change conference organized by GBCA member Station North Arts and Entertainment District was thought provoking and engaging.  Not only did SNAE attract national and local thought leaders, activists and artists to its panels, but the conversations were deepened by the participation of developers, landlords, and others.  The local conversations on day two were particularly lively, but tempered by the wealth of knowledge and experience.  If you missed the discussion, watch the SNAE website for a video and recap in July.

Area 405, who played host on day-two of the conference, is now the site for Baltimore Performance Kitchen’s Romeo and Juliet in Station North.

If you haven’t seen it yet, checkout the terrific Baltimore Magazine article on the Baker Artist Awards and Sondheim Awards—just in time for the Sondheim exhibit at the Walters.

Oh, Rats!  What the heck is up with the Washington Post?  Really, REALLY?  Even when they run a positive article about Charm City it seems our esteemed neighbor can’t resist a dig.  But pages and pages in the Sunday magazine about rats in Baltimore?  I find it hard to empathize with Karen Houppert’s rant, especially since she never mentions engaging in a civic discourse with local activists or the community association to help make her neighborhood better.  In addition to what City Paper oddly calls acharming article, perhaps we will be treated to a gallery showing of the dead rat photos she took with her son?  Hmm, the mind reels at the possibilities.

OK, sorry I just had to get that off my chest.

All the best,


P.S.  Don’t forget, if you are already on the Baker Artist Awards site, you can update or refine your nomination even before the site opens for new entries in October.



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