New Data Hub

At Baltimore Art+Justice, we’re always looking for new ways for members to use our map, so  we’re excited to announce a new part of our website: the Datahub, a resource for researchers and anyone interested in the ever-changing cityscape of Baltimore.

Want to see how crime statistics and the establishment of arts districts are related? Want to explore how Baltimore artists and organizations can contribute to the fight to make food more healthy, sustainable, and accesible? Want to find a vacant lot to do a project in? Investigate these questions and more at the Data Hub: A Place to Play with BA+JP.

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Baltimore Art+Justice Project’s Artscape Spotlight

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 Artscape starts today, and BA+JP is very excited! Artists, performers, and tourists from all over the country and world will be in Baltimore. Deciding where to go can be a bit overwhelming, so here are a few possibilities for those who want to focus their Artscape visit on Baltimore locals.

North Avenue Food and Ale Fair

Friday (12 am- 7pm) @ Station North 

Showcasing local farmers, bakers and brewers during Artscape weekend in the Station North arts District’s North side.

Case[werks] Showroom and Gallery

Reception Friday (5-8 pm) @ 1501 St Paul Street

Memory: captured moments
featuring artists Rick Cleaver, Jim Condron, Robert Creamer, Kurt Godwin, Katie Pumphrey, Nancy Scheinman and Ronnie Spiewak.

Station North by Foot: Art, Music & Architecture at Artscape

Thursday-Saturday (6pm) @ 1 W North Avenue

Join Baltimore Heritage for “Station North by Foot:” a free one-hour tour through a rich history of art, music and architecture within blocks of Artscape.

The Alternative Art Fair

Thursday – Sunday @ Charles Street Garage, 1714 Charles Street

The Alternative Art Fair features displays from more than 15 non-profit exhibition spaces, pop-up venues, artist run galleries and artist collectives.  All of the participants embody a DIY approach in the way they curate, organize and promote their shows.  The work on display will range from traditional painting and sculpture to temporary installations built specifically for the fair and new media works.


Organization Spotlight: Y-LLEAD



After teaching Science/Math for 10 years, and while teaching art part-time, Melissa Moore started the product design studio, Nikkuu. During her time developing the design studio and volunteering with various community youth programs in Baltimore City, she was envisioning Y-LLEAD. Upon receiving an Open Society Institute Fellowship in 2013, programming for Y-LLEAD began in early 2014. The foundations of her work are centered around the intersections between design, alternative learning spaces, healing justice, spirituality, anti-racism, community collaboration, and new solidarity economies.

What is your name and organization?

My name is Melissa Moore, and I work at Y-LLEAD: Youth Learning Lab of Education and Applied Design

 How old are you?


Which neighborhood do you live in and which neighborhood do you work in?

I live in Ednor/Waverly. I work in many neighborhoods. The work is not “job” work, but relationship building, connecting work, necessity work that goes way beyond “job” work. Since the various community work that I do is so inter-connected and based on engaging in what is needed at the time (no matter what neighborhood I’m in), I see my work as very mobile, organic, and dynamic. I’m constantly addressing social justice in my life all day/everyday. It is not separate from my day-to-day life. Working in the community takes me to various neighborhoods in the city, which is really important to me. As Y-LLEAD evolves, our work is actually meant to be even more collaborative with other youth organizations around town. Our studio is currently located in Greenmount West and we are being hosted by the Baltimore Design School.

Describe your art or organization?

Y-llead is a youth led design program that uses architecture, product and graphic design as a tool for social justice and self-actualization. We see these as amazing tools for providing intensive learning opportunities and knowledge exchange. We collaborate with young people in the process of harnessing their creative capital to design and develop community projects. There is also a social enterprise segment of our work that allows young people to combine social justice work with entrepreneurship while working on products that fill a need in the community. Currently, Y-LLEAD designers are doing work around healthy food access and community play-space development. We see grassroots development of community green spaces as not only a way to re-activate neighborhoods but a way to also create health and healing opportunities within communities and for potential small entrepreneurship opportunities to unfold. Community collaboration, relationship building, self-actualization, and sustainable life-long learning for youth are at the heart of Y-LLEAD’s mission.

What are you currently working on?

Right now, we are in our summer design intensive. Y-LLEAD designers have been delving into the question of how social justice connects with their own lived experience and communities. They are designing and developing a multi-use community green space in the Greenmount West neighborhood. They have been connecting with the neighborhood, having door-to-door community conversations asking multiple generations of neighbors (from 3 year olds, to other teenagers, to elders) what they envision for their neighborhood. They have also been collaborating with a landscape architect, and soon with urban farmers. The Y-LLEAD designers are really excited about the work that they are doing and have talked about how empowered they feel in seeing this work slowly come to fruition. None of them have really been given the space to talk about social justice and certainly not about how they as youth can be the leaders of this work and how they might use their passion for design to bring about important change in their communities.

Who or what inspires you?

What inspires me most are the people in my neighborhood and community (in Baltimore and beyond) who are the most marginalized and dehumanized but have still managed to do their best to navigate life with what has been given to them, including my own family. Their suffering inspires me to help develop and uplift new futures. It is the reason I am on the planet at this time. In my experiences in the US, these are African-American people first and foremost. To have been stolen from ancestral land, turned into property, have this in our DNA for hundreds of years on land that was also stolen in colonization and then thrown into a system that was designed and developed on the backs of black dehumanization (and still is) and to exist in the variety of ways that we are with the brilliance and resilience with which we do it, is incredibly inspiring. It is painful and beautiful. There are other things that inspire me too. A range of people, places, and things here in Baltimore, the US, and beyond inspire me. My Buddhist teachers sharing ancient wisdom, my African ancestral wisdom traditions that I’m still uncovering, my indigenous Cherokee ancestral wisdom traditions that I’m uncovering all inspire me.

What’s the best part about being an artist or running an arts organization in Baltimore?

Being an artist/designer in Baltimore allows me access to things that make it much easier to develop and share my work. One example is access to a well-developed tool library (Station North Tool Library), free Fabrication Lab access and accessible living costs (although I know for some people this is not the case and because of gentrification, less access to affordable housing is available in the city). Also having the space as a designer/artist to experiment and start stuff without there being thousands of other people trying to do the same thing or competing for the same access or resources.

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Social Justice Organizer’s Happy Hour

Red Emma’s knows that you never get a chance to hang out with many of your favorite people in Baltimore because everyone is too busy organizing to overthrow capitalism, confront imperialism, destroy racism, and smash patriarchy, heterosexism, and cisnormativity. So they’re starting a monthly social justice organizers’ happy hour at Red Emma’s—spread the word to your colleagues and comrades, and come by for an early evening of conversation and catching up.

When: Thursday July 5th, 5:00 pm.

Where: Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Avenue.

How: $1 sodas, and $1 off beer and wine.

Who: Red Emma’s and anyone who works for social justice in Baltimore

About Red Emma’s: Red Emma’s is a worker owned radical bookstore and cafe.
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Happy Fourth of July from everyone at BA+JP!

Charm City Kitty Club Presents: Queerassic Park on June 27th & 28th


Queers have been around since the dawn of time. CCKC invites you to discover our rich history and rising stars. Come visit Queerassic Park! It has a fantastic lineup. Nedra Johnson is an NYC based singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist who has performed all over the world. Kiki Allure breaks out of her shell to investigate the world of Burlesque! Venus Thrash is a beloved DC poet that has been published in several anthologies. Little Rib is a godsend multimedia delight featuring projections by Dulcey Rene. And Hyster Majesty will swoop in and astonish you with a performance unlike any other!

Join the intrepid kitties as they explore Queerrasic Park!

When: Friday June 27th and 28th

Doors/Cocktails: 7PM

Show starts at 8PM!

Where: Baltimore Theatre Project @ 45 West Preston St.

How: $15 Regular, $10 for Students

Who: Burlesque artists, musicians, poets and more!

Artists: Nedra Johnson, Kiki Allure, Venus Thrash, Little Rib and Hyster Myster

About Charm City Kitty Club: The Charm City Kitty Club is a collectively run cabaret designed to foster, showcase and celebrate creative expression among lesbian, dyke, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and genderqueer individuals as well as their allies. CCKC’s goal is to serve as a catalyst for connection and a forum for discussion through the arts.

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Profile Spotlight: Allison Yasukawa

We recently sat down with Allison Yasukawa, whose show Land Grab runs through July 4th at The Chicken Box on 1 W North Avenue. Allison is a multidisciplinary visual artist and educator. She teaches in the Foundation department at MICA, and is a co-founder of the Baltimore-based alternative art space, Lease Agreement.


The opening of Land Grab was attended by an ice-cream truck selling cones topped with chocolate cockroaches (still delicious!)

What is your name?

Allison Yasukawa

 How old are you?


Which neighborhood do you live in and which neighborhood do you work in?

I live in Waverly, and I work in the Bolton Hill/Station North Area at MICA.

Describe your art or organization.

I have an interdisciplinary practice that primarily includes sculpture, performance, sound, video, and drawing. Often, the content that I’m concerned with is based in some way on social interactions, particularly those in which imbalances of power are the assumed norm. I play up these imbalances and identify them through the work in an effort to draw attention to the flimsy nature of social divisions.

What are you currently working on?

Right now, I have a solo exhibition up at the Station North Chicken box titled Land Grab. The work in this showfocuses on three distinct but interrelated contexts—tourism, the service industry, and the American Dream—and on different ways that people lay claim to a position of status within these contexts. Much of this work includes pieces that I commissioned from other people to bring ideas of labor and subjectivity into the exhibition in a very real way.

What social justice cause(s) are you particularly drawn to, and why?

I am especially invested in immigrant and refugee resettlement and empowerment. These populations face many challenges in the U.S. Not only have they have left their home countries, family members, and support networks, but they are negotiating a new cultural environment, frequently in a new language, and often with few resources at their disposal.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m really inspired by 
the people that I come into contact with through my practice. Because if the interactive component of my work, I often find myself having out-of-the-ordinary encounters with people. As I said, for the work in Land Grab, there were a lot of individuals that had a hand—directly or indirectly—in the making of the work. Making the initial approach, talking through an idea with someone I am interested in working with, and then serving as a witness to her/his own creative act is a really thrilling experience that energizes my practice.

What’s the best part about being an artist or running an arts organization in Baltimore?

I moved to Baltimore in 2012, so it’s still a very new place for me. It’s always exciting to get to know a place by making work in it, so I think that the newness of my experience here is my favorite part right now.

I also co-run an alternative exhibition space here with my husband, Adam Farcus, called Lease Agreement. This is something that the two of us have wanted to do for a while now, and being in Baltimore has given us the opportunity to make it happen. It’s been great to engage with the art community here and also stay in active contact with makers outside of Baltimore.

Who would you like to collaborate on a project with?

Dimitri Reeves—he’s the guy who does the Michael Jackson impersonation street performances. Outstanding.

What’s one social justice organization that people need to know about, and why?

One of the organizations I’ve been most active in so far here is the Refugee Youth Project (RYP). RYP is an organization that works with refugee resettlement in the Baltimore area. They do amazing and creative work, and they are always looking for more people to become involved.

I’m also constantly impressed by the work of the Druid Heights Community Development Association. They are located in the Druid Heights neighborhood, and are involved in many important community-based initiatives.

To learn more about Allison visit

Photo by Adam Farcus

901 Arts Presents: The KIDULT Variety Show – May 30th, 2014

Join 901 Arts for its first ever KIDULT Variety Show.  KIDULT is an inter-generational variety show co-created through a month long residency at 901 Arts by adult artists, musicians, and performers collaborating with youth artists and musicians to create skits, raps, songs, dances, costumes, props, and the set. Get ready to see and hear what’s happening in the enchanted forest and be prepared for sing alongs! Followed by a dance party. Food and Beverages (alcoholic and non) will be available.

When: Friday, May 30th 2014

Doors/ Reception/ Listening Stations/ Costume Photo Booth: 7PM

Show starts at 8PM! and goes till 9:30PM (with one intermission)

Dance Party 9:30-11PM

Where: 2640 Space at 2640 Saint Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21218

How: $7 – $20 sliding scale suggested donation at the door. Kids 5 and under free!

Who: performances by 901 Arts Youth and Crossroads Middle School Students in collaboration with Baltimore based adult artists and musicians!

Kid Artist: 901 Arts youth and Crossroads Middle School students

Adult Artists: Person Ablach, Mary Alessi, Benjamin Alexander, Regina Armenta, Stephanie Barber, Max Bent, Zachary Christensen, Theresa Columbus, Alex D’Agostino, Ami Dang, Marquisha Davis, Pilar Diaz, Robert Dietrich, Vanessa Ferguson, Maggie Fitzpatrick, Sarah Frank, Lee Heinemann, Wayne Johnson, Jessica Keyes, John Alex Lind, Julie Little, Sophia Mak, Lisa Murphy-Mitchell, Cassidy Regan, Alexa Richardson, Ann Russell, Aaron Smith, Kali Stull, Kayla Thomas, Sarah Tooley, Emily Uchytil, Dan Zink


About 901 Arts: 901 Arts is a grassroots community art center that provides free year round art and music programs to the children and teens of the Better Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore City. 901 Arts serves over 100 youth a year with the help of over 100 volunteers. Founded in 2006 by parent and adult community members as a community-strengthening tool, 901 Arts is a project of the Better Waverly Community Organization.

For More Information, contact Sarah Tooley: (410) 366-2252 ,

Profile Spotlight: The Feminist Art Project

Greetings Friends -
BA+JP recently sat down with the artists behind The Feminist Art Project.  Check out this week’s Profile Spotlight. Remember – if you get on the map, you may get to be in the Spotlight!


What is your name and organization?
We are Shana Goetsch, Regional Coordinator and Allison Gulick, Exhibition Coordinator for The Feminist Art Project- Baltimore

 How old are you?
Combined,we are about 65 years old…but The Feminist Art Project- Baltimore is a wee 7 months old as of May.

Which neighborhood do you live in and which neighborhood do you work in?
We have a quite a few interested and active members living in the City Arts building, so we find ourselves in the neighborhoods of Station North Arts and Entertainment District quite a bit these days. Several of our members are self-identified community artists and teachers, so we have been living and working just about everywhere in Baltimore at this point.

Describe your art or organization?
TFAP-B is a new organization under the cap of a much larger, older international organization, The Feminist Art Project. We aim to create an ongoing platform which uplifts the voices of female artists, women in community, as well as those within our own membership. The partnerships with community that we forge will allow for further connection and help build confidence in our communities, while illuminating the good work of our partners.

What are you currently working on?
In addition to monthly meetings, we have planned a total of four public events, several of which are upcoming. The first was a free performative event in January, “Speak Up”, featuring Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger from the Slam Up Tour (slam poetry/music) as well as local, Baltimore-based female performance and video artists. We are currently working on organizing our first exhibition entitled GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism and are still accepting submissions. GUTSY will be will be opening Artscape weekend at Gallery CA, a part of the 2014 Artscape Gallery Network. An important component of this exhibition is reflected in TFAP-B’s mission of supporting women in Baltimore. Twenty percent of sales will go to the local organization Power Inside, a human rights and harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression.

What social justice cause(s) are you particularly drawn to, and why?
Because of the nature of our organization we’re particularly drawn to social justice issues that directly affect women, but we’re also interested in being inclusive and using art as a tool for further discussion, or raising awareness of issues that may otherwise have been missed.

Who or what inspires you?
A good story. People who can tell a good story or anecdote are everything.

Allison: Personally, I find Baltimore and the people living here to be the most inspiring. There are so many different kinds of people from different backgrounds and with different histories, people who have a lot and people that have next to nothing and the way that these things all intersect and affect each other can be really inspiring, or really depressing, it just depends on the day.

What’s the best part about being an artist or running an arts organization in Baltimore?
Shana: I appreciate the love and respect that Baltimore has for its arts community. It is unmistakeable, and focused. It’s written all over the walls.

Allison: Getting to know and interact with other artists and activists that are trying to make Baltimore and the world a better place to live in.

What’s the worst part about being an artist or running an arts organization in Baltimore?
Competing with your peers and friends for the same resources to support your projects.

What sort of and/or social justice projects would you love to take on?
We’re open to almost anything as long as it is supportive of women. There are inequities inherent within the Art World as an institution and structure that are a direct reflection of our societal systems. Ultimately, we are interested in dismantling these systems…or at least messing them up.

Who would you like to collaborate on a project with?
We just became a program of Fusion Partnerships Inc., and they are working with a lot of really amazing local organizations, one of which we’re already forming a relationship with, Power Inside.  We’d love to continue partnering with a variety of organizations and other Fusion programs. We hope to do some outstanding work in B-more and help support those who already are.  Please contact us if you have a great idea which supports our mission!

What’s one social justice organization that people need to know about, and why?
Shana: It’s not local, but The Girl Effect, because (from their website) ”Girls are the most powerful force for change on the planet” …I believe that. And they have the greatest promotional videos which succinctly explain their cause, while also being emotionally resonant. They are works of art.

Allison: Locally, I think it’s hard to choose, there are a lot of great organizations working here in Baltimore. FORCE, MotherMade, Hollaback Baltimore, Power Inside, they’re all working to address issues of social justice or issues of equity for women, I really can’t choose just one.

 What type of ways do you see artists addressing social justice issues in Baltimore?
Artists in Baltimore are embracing their communities by highlighting some of the issues of social justice we are all facing, within their artwork. Locally, Luminous Intervention and FORCE are just a few examples of artists ‘getting it done’. But there probably is not a wrong way to have a conversation, and that’s exactly what art can bring to the party.  Artists here can ‘speak’ to sensitive issues, which are frequently tackled in social justice organizations, such as: sexism, income inequality, racial tensions, etc. This room/safe space allows for a new way to engage or enter into dialogue in our communities. More often than not, we are seeing artists consistently using their skills to illuminate both local and global societal issues.

 How do you think artists or arts organizations are changing Baltimore?
Artists and art organizations are really striving to make an impact here. Social Justice and art here in Baltimore go hand-in-hand, sometimes they are almost synonymous. There are some very blurry lines in Baltimore at this point, but art is making an impact so we’re certainly not complaining!

To learn more about The Feminist Art Project, check out their profile at Baltimore Art+Justice Project! Get mapped!

BA+JP Mobile Kiosk is On the Move!

The Baltimore + Justice Project has designed a mobile kiosk to take our online map on the road.  With summer quickly approaching, we want to let you know when it will be in your neighborhood so you can get yourself, your friends and fellow artists on the map!

Our first stop is the City Arts Apartments, 440 E. Oliver Street, in the 2nd Fl lounge.  If you live in the City Arts Apartments, take five minutes out of your day, and let Baltimore know about the great work you are doing to keep our city vibrant!  We should be there until the end of May so sign up as soon as you can!  Oh yeah, it feels like walking into a 1980′s video-game…who doesn’t want that experience?


The Baltimore Art + Justice kiosk

*New Blog Series * Profile Spotlight: Station North Tool Library

Greeting friends!  The Baltimore Art + Justice Project website launched June 2013.  Almost one year later, we have close to 200 profiles of Baltimore artists, designers and organizations.  We anticipate a flurry of new entries as we  increase our outreach over the next year, especially in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.  To give you a sense of what you will find when you visit the map, we have decided to sit down with profiled artists, designers and organization to shed light on  the work  being done at the intersection of art and social justice in Baltimore neighborhoods.

We  recently chatted with members of the Station North Tool Library to talk about the great assets they are bringing to Baltimore area artists, craftsman, hobbyist and homeowners. Check out the interview below and get on the map so we can put you in the spotlight!

Profile Spotlight: Station North Tool Library

BA+ JP:  So, tell us who you are and what you do?

Piper Watson: My name is Piper Watson, and I am Co-Founder of    the Station North Tool Library

BA+JP: Which neighborhood do you live in and which neighborhood   do you work in?

 Piper Watson: The Station North Tool Library is in Greenmount    West – a pocket of Station North, we used to live at City Arts across the street from the library, now we own a home in Hoes Heights (the Hampden “Rockies”)

BA+JP: Describe your art or organization?

Piper Watson: Station North Tool Library is a non-profit tool lending library – it works just like a book library but you can check out tools!

BA+JP: What are you currently working on?

Piper Watson: Opening a Public Workshop space in the back of the library that people can utilize and take classes in.

BA+JP: What social justice cause(s) are you particularly drawn to, and why?

Piper Watson: Preserving socioeconomic diversity in neighborhoods like Greenmount West by providing affordable access to tools, skills and work-space that allows people to maintain/develop a sense of pride in their environment; be it the condition of their home, their block, or their community.  Bringing the City back to life from the vacant housing issue starts with the people still living in those neighborhoods – providing some kind of resource like the tool library to inspire those folks to take pride in where they live once again, will inspire other like-minded individuals to want to be their neighbors and create a community.  Baltimore is made up of tons of individual neighborhoods that have uniquely rich histories worth revitalizing!

BA+JP: Who or what inspires you?

Piper Watson: I’m am continuously inspired by the thousands of individuals; social entrepreneurs, artists,  activists, and leaders that work hard to make Baltimore the most friendly, colorful, creative, and affordable place to live on the East Coast!  Waaaay too many to name!  If you stand up for what is right, think outside the box to problem solve, and positively contribute to the human experience, then I salute you!  The Wall Hunters, Out 4 Justice, Oliver Playspace, geez – ALL of Fusion’s programs…

BA+JP: What’s the best part about being an artist or running an arts organization in Baltimore?

Piper Watson: Baltimore is an incredibly supportive city!  The dog-eat-dog attitude simply does not exist here.  There is room for everyone to do what they would like to do and everyone is appreciative of that kind of unique vision.  We are continuously overwhelmed by the amazing folks that want to collaborate and support us!

BA+JP:  What’s the worst part about being an artist or running an arts organization in Baltimore?

Piper Watson: Uh……  *crickets*  can’t think of anything.

BA+JP: What sort of and/or social justice projects would you love to take on?

Piper Watson: We just want to continue to grow the library’s membership base and get folks into the Public Workshop making things and gaining confidence in that.  Keeping that all affordable and within reach of everyone will be our greatest challenge and achievement

BA+JP: Who would you like to collaborate on a project with?

Piper Watson: Anyone that sees the value in people learning to work with their hands and do things for themselves!

BA+JP: What’s one social justice organization that people need to know about, and why?

Piper Watson: We  have recently started collaborating with Out 4 Justice – an amazing organization here in Maryland that works specifically on policy reform affecting previously incarcerated individuals.  Taken from their website:  “In the 1980s, public policies on criminal justice took a drastic turn away from the principle that prisons should serve the goal of rehabilitation.  Policies became more and more punitive–the “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” philosophy.  The result has been a system that keeps men and women who have been convicted of crimes forever branded and discriminated against. Being barred from jobs, unable to  vote, denied housing and educational opportunities, and discriminated against in countless other ways serves only to increase the chances of recidivism.”

BA+JP: What type of ways do you see artists addressing social justice issues in Baltimore?

Piper Watson: Artists have the unique ability to translate powerful statements into “conversation starters” via their medium.  Without starting the conversation, change cannot even begin to take place.  Often times art provides a bit of a cushion for people to begin to address very challenging topics.

BA+JP: How do you think artists or arts organizations are changing Baltimore?

Piper Watson: You can see the visible changes with mural projects like Open Walls or The Wall Hunters or community greening efforts like Oliver Playspace or Charles North Garden, but that’s really just an outward expression of the creative vibrancy that has existed here for decades.  I think that human beings are naturally much happier in environments that are colorful and activated rather than decayed and that happiness is contagious, making its way into various aspects of people’s lives; how they care about others, their home, their community.  Artists are also able to implement their ideas more organically than say a developer just plopping something down onto a neighborhood and expecting people to care about it.  I like using street artists as an example of this because often times when they are creating a larger mural it’s day after day of working in a neighborhood – gradually they meet the people living there and learn their stories; which often times make their way into the piece being created so it’s actually a collaboration of sorts, an homage.  People take pride in things like that and being a part of that, and pride is exactly what this city needs to flourish.

The Station North Tool Library is open Tuesdays – Thursdays  5-8 pm and Saturday- Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
417 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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