Archive | April 2013

Funding Opportunities Available for Community Greening Projects

Parks & People will be hosting grant workshops for three grants to fund community greening projects. The grants, which focus on community-led greening and service projects, would be a great opportunity for artists, community members, and organizations to receive funding to start or continue community projects.

Those interested in playground restoration and programs that support public parks can apply for the Partnership for Parks Grants. The grants provide awards ranging from $500-$5,000 and are co-sponsored through Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks and the Parks & People Foundation. Individuals and organizations interested in applying for the Partnerships for Parks Grants must attend a free workshop on either:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013  -or- Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:00—8:00pm
Rec & Parks Office, Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Dr., Baltimore 21217

Community gardens, vacant lot restoration, and environmental education activities are just some of aims of the Neighborhood Greening & Clean Water Grants. The Clean Water Mini-Grant can provide up to $250 in funds for recipients, while the Neighborhood Greening Grant awards up to $1,000 in funds. Those interested in applying for either of the Neighborhood Green/Water grants must attend one of the following free workshops:

Wednesday,  May 29, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m.
Parks & People Foundation, Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010, Baltimore
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m.
Zeta Center for Healthy & Active Aging, 4501 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore
 Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m.
Bon Secours Community Works, 26 North Fulton Avenue, Baltimore
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m.
HEBCAC, 1212 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore

Individuals attending a workshop are asked to RSVP at least four days before the workshop they plan to attend. You can RSVP by contacting (410) 448-5663 x111 or valerie.shane@parksandpeople.

Two additional great resources for artists, community members, and organizations interested in greening spaces in Baltimore to check out are Baltimore Green Space and Power in Dirt.  These resources can help provide an idea of what is available and some of what is already going on in Baltimore.


Upcoming BA+JP Events: Save the Date!

Baltimore Art + Justice Project has two exciting events coming up in the next couple months that you will want to look out for.

First, to say thank you to everyone who has participated in the project and supported us over the past year, BA+JP will be having a Happy Hour next Tuesday, April 23rd from 5-7:30pm at Millers Court. The Happy Hour is co-hosted by Wide Angle Youth Media and in addition to lite fair and cocktails, we will have a sneak peak of the Wide Angle Youth Media Festival. We ask that if you are interested in attending the event that you please RSVP by Friday, April 19th to

Coming up in May we are having our next Community Dialogue! Connecting Art and Advocacy: Building Relationships that Work, will be co-hosted with the Public Justice Center. Our third dialogue in our series will continue to use a lively, interactive discussion to address the role of advocacy organizations in socially engaged art and design and how to find ways to make these relationships work.
Space for the event is limited so please make sure to RSVP to

Community Dialogue -Connecting Art & Advocacy: Building Relationships that WorkMay 14, 2013, from 3pm-4:30pm
Public Justice Center (1 N. Charles St. Suite 200, 21201)

Addressing Race and Gender at THIRTY

Maryland Art Place’s event series THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30 features artists under the age of thirty who are making a name for themselves in Baltimore. The next THIRTY on April 10th, 2013 features two artists that address issues around race and gender.

Nora Howell, a MICA graduate, uses her art as a way of addressing systemic racism and opening dialogues on whiteness. Howell uses popular images in her work, such as Oreos and media advertisements, to spark conversations surrounding race. Many of Howell’s projects have focused specifically on raising visibility to the pervasiveness of whiteness in society. Her “Cracker Dress” is one example of her use of head turning images.

"Oblivia around town. Consumed by her own musings, Oblivia seems unaware of the impact of her “cracker-ness” on those around her."

Nora Howell in her Cracker dress
“Oblivia consumed by her own musings, Oblivia seems unaware of the impact of her “cracker-ness” on those around her.”










Alicia Ciambrone, a current MICA student, addresses the portrayal of women and girls in the media/television through her Girls Series. Ciambrone’s “Mean Girls” series showcases the hyper-sexualized and aggressive portrayals of women in many current reality television shows. Similarly, in her “Naperville Girls” series Ciambrone remarks on the images of young women often seen across social media sites were they are often stripped of any individual self.

Alicia Ciambrone's "Biter"

Alicia Ciambrone’s “Biter”











You can check out more of Nora Howell and Alicia Ciambrone’s art at:

 THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30

Wednesday April 10th
Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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