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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Baltimore Green Network outdoor community art program, Lots Alive supports the creation of temporary outdoor artworks sited on vacant lots along Park Heights Ave. Designed in partnership with Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Baltimore Green Network, Lots Alive aims to breathe life into underutilized vacant spaces through creative interventions.
For this grant cycle, six artists were selected and seven vacant lots were identified as sites for activation in the Park Heights neighborhood:
Community artist LaToya Peoples created two artworks at 3820-3822 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215: Helping Hands and Future Dreamers. The interactive works feature free-standing painted hands holding various tools, including pencils, books, hammer, plants, vegetables, and life-size cutouts of various professionals (astronaut, artist, science researcher, builder, firefighter). The installations are designed to inspire and engage youth.
Andy Dahl’s Step Up, Step Down at 3919 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 is a series of constructed stairs with recessed planted raised beds and stepping and resting areas, that point to a Park Heights history of homes and families that were once there while also contemplate a neighborhood’s present and redefining future. One may step up, step down, or remain to reflect on the past, be present in the moment, or contemplate the future.
Arts On The Avenue by artists Sean Hennessey and John Henderson (H&H Collective) is an illuminated, four-sided obelisk with panels mounted onto the framework. The panel dimensions will vary in size, color, and texture. The artwork will be installed at 4215 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.
Elzie Williams II created The Patches Of Bliss at 4217 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215; a hand sewn, weather-proof quilt placed on a wall and printed with collages depicting a plethora of diverse faces juxtaposed together as endless faces - to expose the underlying racial narratives built into the images we consume and accept every single day.
Sunrise, created by artist Kirk Seese, is a message about positive thinking and being intentional about our lives. The artwork was created using direct printing on wood. The artwork will be installed at 4217 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.
For more information on this project please contact: Chris Brooks, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 410-752-8632, firstname.lastname@example.org
Managed by the Department of Planning’s Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Green Network is a city-led effort to use sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective practices for stabilizing and holding land for redevelopment, and reusing vacant land to green neighborhoods, reduce stormwater runoff, grow food, and create community spaces.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.