With the exception of shoveling out from under the biggest snowfall in Baltimore’s history, January saw little art activity across the city during January. Thus, today’s post turns retrospective and presents the top twenty-five images Charm City Streets captured during 2015.
Following the death of Freddie Gray last spring, artist Nether along with Freddie’s brother Brandon Ross and community organizer J.C. Faulk founded the Visions: Sandtown Mural & Arts Project. Their goal was to bring together the Sandtown neighborhood and foster hope for a better life in West Baltimore. Well-known local artists Nether, Pablo Machioli, and Sor Ta contributed their time and talent to this project.
The Eubie Blake: Sandtown Mural Project, curated by Nether and Ernest Shaw, created a series of murals to illustrate the rugged life and indomitable spirit of the Sandtown community. Participating artists included: Bat Favitsou; Megan Lewis; Pablo Machioli, Gary Mullen; Nether; Michelle Santos; and, Adam Stab.
Early last summer, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) and Jubilee Arts unveiled the Art @ Work: Sandtown program. Some 80 participants in the YouthWorks program worked with Megan Lewis, Ernest Shaw, and other professional artists on this artist apprenticeship program.
During the weekend-long Artscape 2015, the Section 1 Art Park curated a large-scale mural project. Acclaimed artists such as Alicia Cosnahan, Billy Mode, Miss Chelove, Richard Best, Rubin 415 and Werc created fascinating murals, a number of which one can still see in the Station North Arts District. Plus, several old school graff writers demonstrated their craft.
In early June, Stefan Ways came all the way back from Portland, OR to curate Shift Baltimore … a community enhancement project for the Highlandtown community garden. Ernest Shaw, Mas Paz, Miss Chelove, Nether, Pablo Machioli, Reed Bmore, and Wake contributed artwork.
This artwork demonstrates that 2015 was a year filled with tragedy, hopefulness, dedication, a sense of community, faith, talent, perseverance, spirit, and much more.
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