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Impact Hub Baltimore
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21201
Composer Judah Adashi presents “The Beauty of the Protest” and “Rise.” One year after the Baltimore Uprising, composer Judah Adashi joins Impact Hub to share music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Cellist Lavena Johanson will perform Adashi’s “The Beauty of the Protest,” a response to the iconic Uprising photos of Devin Allen. Adashi, Johanson and friends will also perform selections from “Rise,” a work created with poet Tameka Cage Conley, that bears witness to America’s civil rights journey from Selma to Ferguson. The evening will include recordings of Dr. Cage Conley reading poetry from “Rise.”
In our east wing there will be an exhibition featuring the photographs of Devin Allen and his mentees from Ericka Alston’s Kids Safe Zone in Sandtown.
MICA Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217
Featuring: Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote, New York, NY
Lise Anne Couture is the co-founder and managing partner at New York City-based Asymptote Architecture. Asymptote Architects has distinguished itself globally with projects that range from visionary urban masterplans, to sculptural towers, to conceptual art installations- and everything in-between.
Though many of Asymptote’s early designs went unbuilt, their parametric building forms are increasingly becoming physical architecture. Projects such as Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi, ARC Multimedia Theater in South Korea, and Kaohsiung Marine Gateway in Taiwan, demonstrate Asymptote’s ability to create physical works which stimulate the senses and seem to confirm the notion that beauty is an essential aspect of the built environment.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218
Learn the sudsy details of crafting cold-process soap and work with clays, essential oils, dried herbs and flowers to customize your own small-batch blend. Meet and chat with other Baltimore-based creatives and take part in a private gallery talk and tour of the BMA’s Imagining Home exhibition. Coffee, cocktails and seasonal snacks provided.
Your ticket includes workshop and all supplies, gallery tour, snacks and sips.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218
Arts Every Day will host its annual student art show from April 26th – May 1st. The exhibition will be on display at The Walters Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden. The exhibition will showcase over 100 pieces of arts-integrated work from students in Arts Every Day Schools across Baltimore City.
On Thursday, April 28th from 6-8 pm, Arts Every Day will host a reception for its annual student art show at the The reception will feature poetry readings, dance performances, and presentations. Station North’s own Kevin Brown will be emceeing. This annual exhibit showcases how teachers integrate visual arts, music, dance, theater, and media across grade levels and subject matter such as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. For the first time ever, teachers will showcase their work along with students. In true collaborative fashion, the integral relationship between teacher and student learning will be shown and celebrated.
This event is the second in a series of events in celebration of Arts Every Day’s tenth anniversary. The event will reflect on Arts Every Day’s last decade of work in providing arts integration experiences in Baltimore City Public Schools.
MICA Falvey Hall
1300 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217
Join Us Thursday, April 28th from 6-7 pm to hear from our UP/Start MICA Venture Semi-Finalists and celebrate as we award up to $100,000 in investment funding to winning teams.
About the UP/Start Venture Program:
The Up/Start Venture Program, an initiative of MICApreneurship, focuses on incubating and building creative business ventures within the MICA community. Working with industry partners, the UP/Start Venture Program provides mentorship and capital to help nurture venture ideas into sustainable businesses.
Katja Toporski: Etudes
Friday, April 29 : 6-9 pm
Baltimore Jewelry Center
Exhibition dates: April 29 – May 27, 2016,
Artist Talk: Thursday, May 12, 6 – 8 pm
The Baltimore Jewelry Center is pleased to showcase the recent work of artist Katja Toporski. Time, its relevance and our perception of it, is the subject of Toporski’s work. She often incorporates shards of copied historic artifacts in her work. Looking back at those ancient artworks can inform our understanding of our current world as we are looking forward into the future, while giving us the sense of security that comes from such objects. Using 21st century technologies and materials and placing those ancient originals in a contemporary composition allows the pieces to hover in the twilight area, between past and future.
‘sindikit presents the Friday Performance Series, curated by Jaimes Mayhew with Kristen Anchor performing from her MAGIC MOVIE MACHINES series.
Performance will start promptly at 7:30pm, door will open at 7pm.
About the MAGIC MOVIE MACHINES (SERIES)
Live visual and audio performances with modified projectors, found 16mm film, leader, stock, spray paint, bleach, power tools, dirt, abrasives, etc. Looping 16mm is manipulated live, changing the visuals, audio, and “narrative” over time.
About Kristen Anchor
Kristen Anchor is an audio visual artist, curator, teacher, and musician. Her work has screened at film festivals, events, and galleries throughout the U.S. Anchor plays drums for Baltimore’s all-girl lo-fi art pop band The Degenerettes, and is the creator of the out of this world performance duo Monster Drummer Thunderupagus. Anchor recently received an MFA in Imaging & Digital Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209
Please join us for a talk and slide presentation with Baltimore Clayworks’ student Mary Jo Kirschman who is a member of Potters for Peace, a US-based non-profit that works with subsistence potters in Central America and assists worldwide in the establishment of factories that produce life-saving ceramic water filters.
Mary Jo Kirschman spent an eye-opening two weeks as a “brigadista” with PFP in Nicaragua in February, 2016. The group built a wood kiln, exchanged pottery techniques with rural potters, and visited local filter factories.
THIS EVENT IS FREE. We do ask that you please RSVP so that we can gauge attendance and accommodate accordingly. This also allows us to contact you if there is a change in time, date or location.
La Bodega Gallery @ The Copycat Building
1501 Guilford Avenue : Baltimore 21202
Student work from REACH!
Serli Lala (photo cred.)
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201
EMP’s Cans n Drafts writers series brings you a fresh batch of new writing from this winter’s workshop. Instead of a reading, we’ll be having three nights of performances!
Enjoy new works from Ren Pepitone, Jonathan Jacobs, Tim Paggi, Nairobi Collins, Amelia Carroll, Zach Bopst, Christianna Clark, and Dave Iden.
The Women’s Exchange
333 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
The Women’s Exchange is proud to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for local artisans to bring to market handmade goods to Baltimore residents and visitors alike.
We are expanding on our previous “Made in Baltimore” Holiday Pop Up theme to feature products made across Maryland. The mission of the pop up is to promote, support, and celebrate Maryland artists and craftspeople with a in-state only retail venue. Baltimore vendors like Knit, Soy + Metals and Charm City Soaps will be joined by Triple-R-Farms Cowboy Jerky and Tiny Dog Press to give a full hand-made Maryland experience.
The shop will be open from April 29- June 19, 2016 on Thursdays from 4-8pm and Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-6pm.
1401 North Fremont Avenue : Baltimore 21201
Upresting is a sound installation, instrument, and tool for community expression. A patch created with the programming language Max/MSP, Upresting places the participant in a quadrophonic environment left with nothing but a microphone. The participant may speak/sing/shout/emote into the microphone and hear his or her voice get turned into the articulations of many. You might just think that you’re at a protest or rally — the awesome power of a group harnessed by the singular. This experience is meant for everyone who deserves the opportunity to be heard and has been denied that opportunity.
Upresting provides artists with interesting compositional and performance circumstances. We have invited different local artists to use Upresting as they see fit. During these performances, members of the public will get to see uniquely crafted pieces by artists like Joy Postell, DDM, Greydolf, Wendel Patrick, Adam Holofcener, and more!
If it is scheduled to rain during either day of the performances, please check back to this website for updates.
Maxine Taylor and Schroeder Cherry
Closing Reception Saturday, April 30 : 2-4 pm
Hamilton Gallery: 5502 Harford Road
Schroeder Cherry: Mixed Media Works on Wood
gallery I guest artist exhibition
Maxine Taylor: More Than Just Square
gallery II featured artist exhibition
Schroeder Cherry creates open-ended stories about African American history and culture. He uses acrylic paint and mixed media on wood, found objects and text to construct stories. “The watermelon frequently appears as a positive image. The nutritious fruit originated in Africa, but has been used as a negative image in black memorabilia. I am appropriating a negative stereotype and claiming it as a positive image for the black diaspora. Images of cotton also appear in my works, referencing “high cotton”, a metaphor for living the good life. My current works are inspired by the phrase, “Without the gaze.” The phrase was mentioned by Toni Morrison, who talked about her writing stories with black people as the central characters. Viewers are invited to examine my artworks and develop their own narratives.”
Maxine Taylor is an abstract painter. “My favorite media is watercolor and whatever I choose to add to it. Lately I’ve begun creating collages out of unfinished watercolors or acrylics on archival paper. It is very freeing as I must reinvent how to decide when a piece is working, and then finished. I continue to be aware of my surroundings and to channel my life experiences into my artwork.”
Also exhibiting this month Hamilton Gallery artist members: Jude Asher, Ron Cohn, Donna DiSciullo, Ned Epps, Marcus Dagold, Amy Klainer, Ania Milo, Charles Mens, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Valerie Smith, Grace Sweeney, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Maxine Taylor, Linnea Tober & Alex Vanicky.
Hamilton Gallery welcomes all guests and neighbors to join us in enjoying our neighborhood and our city.
5502 Harford Road
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm
Orleans Street Pocket Park
2105 Orleans Street : Baltimore 21231
A new mural highlighting the vibrancy, diversity and progress within the C.A.R.E. community in East Baltimore will be unveiled, celebration to follow. The public is cordially invited!
C.A.R.E. community members often say, “This community has come a long way!” This same spirited sentiment and optimistic outlook has inspired the theme for the mural. Over the past five months, community artist, Ben Hamburger has been working in collaboration with both adult and youth community members to design and install the mural on a prominent wall on adjacent to the pocket park at Duncan and Orleans St.
The family-oriented unveiling celebration will include refreshments and opportunities to talk with participating artists and neighbors. Those in attendance will also witness the addition of several special finishing touches to the in honor of significant figures in the community.
The Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201
Join world famous mind reading duo Jeff & Tessa Evason for mindblowing feats of telepathy and ESP that will have you buzzing long after the show ends. Everyone who participates will be absolutely floored when Tessa reveals their birth date, a serial number on any bill in their wallet or even the name of the first person they ever kissed all while standing blindfolded on stage. Her intuitive gifts will make you gasp with surprise and maybe even unleash a spooked-out shriek!
Since 1983 this mind reading duo has performed in over 35 countries across the globe. The Evasons consistently deliver an interactive entertainment experience that has audience members sitting on the edge of their seat from start to finish.
This event is recommended for ages 16+
Presented by the Circus of Wonders
3326 Keswick Avenue : Baltimore 21211
In partnership with Pathfinders for Autism, we are hosting an exhibition in our Showroom Gallery! From April 14 – May 5, we’ll be featuring the work of our participating artists on the spectrum, as well as art submitted by other members of the autism community ages 13 and up.
Please join the artists for a pizza-fueled reception and gallery talk on April 30. Special guest Zosia Zaks — author, counselor, educator, & self-advocate, Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., CRC, who was diagnosed with autism at age 31. Author of numerous articles and the book Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (AAPC 2006), Zaks infuses presentations, professional development workshops, and writings with multiple perspectives. She will present on the opportunities and challenges of creative employment starting at 1:30. We are also excited to present a special performance from James Burrows, a fourteen year old musician on the spectrum. He will be performing with musical collaborator, Max Bent, live from 2-3 pm!
Special guest: Zosia Zaks
Author, counselor, educator, & self-advocate presenting on the opportunities and challenges of creative employment at 1:30 PM
A Way Out: Baltimore Youth Arts and Free Space and the Blank Page Project
Opening reception: April 30th, 2016 7-10pm
April 30th – May 21st, 2016
Platform Gallery: 116 W Mulberry Street
Gallery hours: Saturday 11-5pm
PLATFORM is proud to present a dual exhibition with works by Baltimore Youth Arts and Free Space in A WAY OUT. A WAY OUT celebrates the creativity and talent of the members of the Blank Page Project.
THE BLANK PAGE PROJECT is an artist educator-led initiative that provides arts programming to youth and adults, with a focus on those involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Our mission is to create opportunities, both within and outside of correctional institutions, which allow participants to gain creative, educational and personal skills. We believe that the arts are powerful tools for social change, personal discovery, and community building. They allow us to imagine and works towards a world that is free of oppression. Due to the distinct needs of participants, the Blank Page Project is comprised of two separate programs: Baltimore Youth Arts and Free Space.
BALTIMORE YOUTH ARTS (BYA), is an arts and entrepreneurship program for youth, with a focus on those involved in the juvenile justice system. BYA’s aim is to assist youth in gaining the creative, personal, and educational skills that will assist them in becoming leaders in their communities. BYA offers weekly programming at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center, and the BYA Community Studio. We also offer special programming at the Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center, the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center, and Gilmore Homes. In addition to regular classes, BYA invites local artists and entrepreneurs to share their work and processes with youth participants.
FREE SPACE, BPP’s adult program, operates within the following institutions: the
Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and Dorsey Run Correctional Facility. Participants are given access to time, materials, and classes that foster self-expression and offer an alternative to prison culture. Weekly classes create a safe space for incarcerated individuals utilizing the visual and literary arts while encouraging individual and collaborative growth. Free Space also invites visiting artists to introduce participants to new creative skills in hopes of helping to prepare them for post-incarceration.
This exhibition highlights artwork that was created by multiple artists, ages 3-60, within the program over the past year. Painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking come together to exemplify the immense talent and vision that these individuals possess, even while the majority of them spend days in settings that stifle creativity, individuality, and self expression.
Impact Hub Baltimore
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21202
Filmmaker Malaika Aminata’s documentary, Not about a Riot, documents Baltimore’s spirited response to the death of Freddie Gray. The filmmaker’s camp states: “In April 2015, unrest struck the city of Baltimore as tension between citizens and police escalated after the death of unarmed citizen Freddie Gray. As we all watched buildings burn on News outlets, and army tanks patrol the street, filmmaker Malaika Aminata took to the streets with her camera. The documentary captures the city coming together to clean, exchange perspectives, and find solutions to make things better. Creativity takes center stage and is used as a tool for social change. Not About A Riot, captures the story of the Baltimore Uprising from a perspective yet unseen.”
Malaika Aminata Clements is a freelance life experiencer whose ultimate purpose is to promote self-acceptance and understanding through creative expression. In 2013 she graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Print Journalism, and had since worked on a number of different projects that use the mediums of writing, videography, photography, music, dance, and theatre, to share stories that are often ignored.
Through OurNature, a creative catalyst co-founded by Malaika in 2010, Malaika aims to build community by creating spaces where genuine human interaction can take place.
The Hoffberger Gallery
7401 Park Heights Avenue : Baltimore 21208
This exhibition will highlight a selection of Matt Klos’s landscape paintings from the various places he’s traveled juxtaposed with interior paintings for which he is better known. As a tourist he paints in awe of the unfamiliar and this seems to amplify his sensitivity to the discreet metaphysics found within his familiar time worn studio subjects.
Exhibition runs from May 1-June 26
The Art of Caring
Sunday May 1st 3-7pm @AREA 405
405 East Oliver Street
AREA 405 is pleased to be the host again this year for the Art of Caring, a fundraiser for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in foster care in Baltimore City.
Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of The Visionary Art Museum and Kelly Ennis, Managing Principal of The Verve Partnership are honorary co-chairs of this important event.
With over 70 artists who have generously donated work to be auctioned off in the silent auction,we will be using an electronic bidding site, bidpal this year which will streamline bidding and make the event even more accessible and easy to bid on your favourite pieces by award winning and celebrated regional artists.
Complimentary food, beverages, and specialty cocktails are being supplied by restaurants and vendors including Sobo Café, Chiapparelli’s and Brown Rice! Live music , and our MC for the day is the amazing Michelle Antoinette AKA Love the Poet!
Tickets to this event are $50 each and a group of 4 or more tickets are $35 each
this supports the remarkable and necessary work CASA of Baltimore does every day for Children in Foster Care – please consider attending this event, now in its 6th year.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers appointed to individual foster children by the Baltimore City Juvenile Court. CASA advocates serve as a consistent adult presence by monitoring that child’s well-being and providing objective written recommendations to the court. These are some of Baltimore’s most at risk children. Learn more about CASA by clicking here
Located in a 168 year-old artist-owned warehouse within Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, AREA 405 is committed to showcasing and strengthening the vitality of the arts community within Baltimore. The primitive character of our giant warehouse provides a particular setting for exhibitions as well as studio space for the 40+ artists who work here at Oliver Street Studios and The Station North Tool Library which now, too, calls our building home. Our building’s long history as a brewery, industrial equipment maker and as a window blind manufacturer challenges and inspires exhibitors, performers, and visitors in a way that traditional, neutral white-wall spaces do not.
AREA 405’s continuing mission is to produce, present and promote arts and cultural programming by offering a venue for artists from Baltimore and beyond. Collaborating with art, cultural and community organizations throughout the region, AREA 405 has hosted scores of events featuring thousands of artists and tens of thousands of visitors since opening its doors in 2003. Area 405 is run primarily by volunteers and supports The Arts and The Community.
AREA 405 is run by Executive Director, Stewart Watson
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