Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Open Walls Baltimore

Friday, May 25 2012 was the opening celebration for Open Walls Baltimore. Open Walls Baltimore is a street art project curated by local street artist Gaia and Station North Arts District. With the help of PNC bank Baltimore has seen street art murals go up in and around the Station North Arts District vicinity. Created by street artists from around the world, Open Walls Baltimore uses art as a neighborhood revitalization tool, stimulating dialogue about urban blight, abandoned buildings, and what makes community. 

The event on Friday evening was possible in part due to Power in Dirt's efforts! The event was held on an adopted vacant lot on the 1700 blk of Barclay. We were so excited to be at the event, and we had a lot of fun and met many wonderful people!

 Executive Director of Station North Arts District Ben Stone introduced the event and some of the artists present at the event. After, our own Power in Dirt VISTA Anna Evans-Goldstein got up on stage to explain how if we can re-imagine a vacant lot (or an empty wall?) as a positive space for creation instead of a negative eyesore in our community by adopting it and turning into a green space - well then Baltimore will be a beautiful city and a leader in neighborhood revitalization!

Please see some of the pictures from the event below and check us out at www.powerindirt.com

Check out our new banner!

The crowd is forming...

A wonderful community garden on the other side of some trees from the adopted lot that held the event

They even have a chicken coop! The City recently have written into the new zoning code regulations about owning chickens in the City - so cool!

Everyone excited for the music to start! Mark Brown, Scottie B, and Dan Deacon played!

Hanging out before the dancing begins!

Boy, what a crowd! 

Thanks a lot!

Written by Anna Evans-Goldstein of Power in Dirt

1 comment:

  1. I was here...it was fun!!! Unfortunately the result of the concert was even more litter on an empty lot. Wish this event could have more strongly encouraged the message of power in dirt.