If you’re an artist interested in moving to Baltimore – or just someone who enjoys art in Baltimore – there’s a great new project the horizon that’s sure to attract your attention.
On March 9, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman teamed up for a site visit to the new City Arts, an affordable residential development designed with artists in mind. Located in the Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore Station, City Arts is scheduled to open in January 2011.
However, developments targeted at artists are not just for the sake of artists – the presence of people who serve to push against cultural norms and contribute to local community growth are always conducive to community development. And as everyone knows, wherever the artists choose to settle, the rest of the world is soon to follow. (Walden, anyone?)
“At the NEA, we know that artists are placemakers,” Landesman said, as reported by the NEA website. “When you bring arts organizations and arts workers into a neighborhood, the ethos of that place changes: the arts are a force of social cohesion, civic engagement, and economic revitalization. We are thrilled that the City Arts development was made possible through an existing HUD program and a forward thinking public-private partnership.”
Targeted to low- and moderate-income artists, the development will include 69 rental apartments, 8 for-sale town houses, and a professionally managed visual arts gallery and performance arts space. 11 units will also be reserved for non-elderly disabled persons from the Public Housing Waiting List.
The project is being financed as part of the Recovery Act investments, which were intended to jump-start affordable housing development. City Arts will add much to Baltimore Station’s considerable assets, which include a plethora of cultural organizations and activities, entertainment venues, and proximity to public transportation.
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