This week, the Station North Arts & Entertainment District announced the winners of the second round of funding for it’s “Think Big” Grants for projects taking place between March 1st and June 30th of this year. The “Think Big” Grants are one of the initiatives activated by a $150,000 “Our Town” Grant, which station North secured from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an nearly an additional $300,000 raised from other sources, including the William G. Baker Memorial Fund, and private contributions.

The acquisition of these funds provided a marked shift in the trajectory of Station North, allowing for such events and projects as Final Fridays, the three rounds of “Think Big” funding, the Open Walls Mural Project which kicks off its latest wall at 329 E. Lafayette Street later this week, as well as the upcoming National Symposium on Arts & Entertainment Districts to be held at the beginning of April.

Image from Round 1 Funded Project with Rhymes with Opera

The overall goal for the “Our Town” grant are to increase the number of artists living, working, exhibiting, and performing in Station North, bring positive attention to central Baltimore, forge connections between existing nodes of activity in Station North, demonstrate that arts create economic viability in marginal neighborhoods, and maintain and grow the audience for Station North venues and artists.

Image from Round 1 Funded Project with the Maryland Film Festival

The announcement of Round 2 funding comes at the same time Station North is working to renew its designation as an Arts & Entertainment District, which expires later this year. Maryland was one of the first states in the country to create legislature to assist in the official designation of Arts & Entertainment Districts, designed to revitalize and stimulate communities, by offering a variety of perks including tax incentives for artists and business within the designated districts.

Early next month, Station North will be hosting The National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts (NSACED), which “seeks to bring together policy makers, practitioners, and artists to engage in dialogue on the economic, social and cultural impact of designated and natural arts and entertainment districts.  This two-day symposium will offer the opportunity to learn about existing policy and incentive programs, and discuss critical issues facing diverse arts and entertainment districts throughout the U.S.”  Early registration closes this Monday, so get your tickets now. Station North is  offering $5 registration for students and Station North and Highlandtown artists.

Image from Round 1 Funded Project at the Winter Festival of Wonders

For anyone living, working, or spending time in Station North, it is clear that something big is happening here. With the announcement of round 2 funding of the “Think Big” grants, a whole new round of projects will pop up in Station North, contributing to the ongoing growth and success of the area.

And with that said, we are pleased to announce the second round of projects to receive “Think Big” funding. An all-star jury, comprised of Doreen Bolger, John Berndt, Diane E. Cho, George Ciscle, Daniel D’Oca, Sarah Doherty, Marian April Glebes, Gary Kachadourian, Elliott Rauh, Jann Rosen-Queralt, Andrew M. Rubin, Steve Yasko, selected these projects from a highly competitive pool of applicants. These projects showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Station North, while highlighting a diverse collection of venues and partners in the District. Funds are available for one additional rounds of proposals; the third round’s deadline is May 15th.


Cut Out Shadows/Paint/Dance | Julia Foote

Shadow /Paint/Dance  is a series of six workshops for children incorporating painting, movement, and music.  Classes are on May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and the Dance/Painting Party is May 27th at City Arts (440 E. Oliver St).

Photo from Adapting Cinderella – photo courtesy of Britt Olsen-Ecker Photography

Adapting Cinderella|Glassmind Theater 

Adapting Cinderella is a cross cultural fusion of the story of Cinderella told through dance, text, and music.  Written and produced by the Glassmind Theater, Adapting Cinderella will run through March 25th at the Load of Fun Theater (120 W. North Ave).

Baltimore Irish Trad | Laura Byrne & Baltimore Irish Arts Center

Baltimore Irish Trad, presented by Laura Byrne and the Baltimore Irish Arts Center, is a festival featuring Baltimore’s traditional Irish music community.  The two day event, which will offer workshops and concerts, takes place on April 28-29 at Liam Flynn’s Ale House (22 W. North Ave).

Go West | Breon Gilleran and Stewart Watson

Go West is a mixed-media exhibition at Area 405 (405 E. Oliver St) featuring work from 11 international artists.  On June 9 participating Go West artists will take part in a panel discussion on art making in a global context, successes and challenges while working in foreign countries, and opportunities for residencies and workshops abroad.   The exhibition will run from June 1-30, with the panel discussion planned for June 9.

10 Minute Play Festival | Unsaddest Factory 

The 10 Minute Play Festival, produced by Unsaddest Fatory, will bring together more than 60 local playwrights, directors, actors, and artists for a four-day festival of 12 original 10 minute plays. The Festival will take place June 21-24 at the Bell Foundry (1539 N. Calvert).

Sounds of Station North | Michael Shank Sounds of Station North will capture a snapshot of life in central Baltimore through sound recordings collected from several locations within Station North Arts District. Sounds of Station North will debut on June 29th at the Windup Space (12 W. North Ave).

Image from the Copycat Project – Photo by Alex Wein

Copycat Project | Alex Wein and Rob Brulinski

The Copycat Project is a pictorial and historical documentation of the Copycat building (1501 Guilford Avenue), paying homage to its inhabitants and their ability to adapt and beautify their spaces within the building.  The Copycat Project will mount an exhibition open to the public starting on Saturday June 30th at 7pm at the Penthouse Gallery of the Copycat building, with a closing reception on July 15th at 7:00pm (exhibit visits between those dates upon request). Help the Copcat Project receive additional funding through its ongoing Kickstarter Campaign, which ends in just 2 weeks!

LowD | Load of Fun Arts and the Baltimore Node

The LowD is a large format low resolution LED signing device that will be installed on North Avenue, near the Howard Street.  The project will be completed by Load of Fun Arts in co-operation with the Baltimore Node, and will function as a creative platform for local audiences and those traveling through the area.

Explore Baltimore Heritage | Baltimore Heritage 

Explore Baltimore Heritage will consist of a walking tour and online/mobile application that will connect heritage tourists to the Station North through an exploration of 10 historically significant places in the Station North Arts District.  Explore Baltimore Heritage is scheduled to launch debut during Final Fridays in June, July, and August.