Two years ago, Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc. and artist-curator Gaia teamed up to launch a site specific mural exhibition in Baltimore’s first arts and entertainment district. Open Walls Baltimore (OWB) included 23 murals and public art installations executed by 29 artists. The goal of the project was to draw attention to Station North Arts and Entertainment District as a viable place for artists and businesses to invest their talent and money.
Although OWB had its successes and was well received by the community, it was not a project that some of the core communities in Station North identified with. This is in part because the neighborhood is in flux due to the efforts by community organizations and members to bring a positive change to the area. So what does a second mural project have to do with the community’s development? Read on.