If you would like to program an event at the Ynot Lot, please see this page.
2017 Year in Review
December 22, 2017
During the past year at Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., we have had a successful year of programming; starting with Wickerham & Lomax’s amazing tribute to Odells Nightclub through the Light City “Neighborhood Lights” program, moving into a robust season of Ynot Lot programming with 42 events, overlapping the launch of Station North Mini Golf during Artscape into the fall.
The organization also spent a lot of time reflecting and energizing the board while identifying strengths to build on while solidifying goals to guide programming and development. Earlier this year, we redefined our focus to invest, promote and preserve. With these new values in place, there is a lot of enthusiasm and commitment to shift the focus of the organization to serve the community in the most meaningful way possible.
We are looking forward to the partnerships that will ultimately form through our new board members and committees! If you have a moment, please check out our 2017 Year in Review....we can’t wait to share what’s next!
Organizational Transition in Leadership
May 30, 2017
As part of Elissa Blount Moorhead’s thorough exploration and understanding of Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. since she became Executive Director last fall, it became clear that the goals and ambitions of the organization were out of alignment with the structure and resources available. Elissa offered a number of thoughtful recommendations for how SNAE might best move forward, including offering her resignation in order to reorganize operations. The board ultimately accepted Elissa’s resignation, and although we are sad to lose her leadership, we are exploring ways with Elissa to keep her connected to our staff and board in order to move her – and our – vision forward to benefit the district and its constituents. Elissa continues to thrive in the Baltimore arts community! She was recently announced as a 2017 Ruby Grantee in Media and Performing Arts and an Incubator Fellow at the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film & Media at Johns Hopkins.
Kimi Hanauer, SNAE’s former Program Director and an active artist and organizer, has also transitioned out of the organization to focus on her independent practice and publishing initiative Press Press. Kimi will serve as a Program Consultant to SNAE through this transition. Amelia Rambissoon, SNAE’s Director of Development & Operations, remains committed to the organization and will now serve as Interim Executive Director.
Ynot Lot Call for Events: Spring, Summer, Fall 2017
March 8, 2017
The Ynot Lot is an outdoor event venue located on the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street in the heart of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Through community gatherings and public events, the Ynot Lot encourages daily encounters with art, performance, and design events that are created by a range of local and national cultural organizers. Individuals and groups of any experience level are invited to propose events for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017 season. This year, we are encouraging projects that center social justice, intergenerational and cross-cultural collaboration, daring arts and cultural work, and youth-run or youth-oriented events. Our aim is to accommodate as many rigorous events as is possible during the Ynot Lot’s active season.
What does Station North provide?
The Ynot Lot is approximately 6,000 square feet and features a 16’x20’ stage attached to a shipping container, both of which may be used for performance and storage. Aside from the FREE physical space, Station North is able to provide a power generator, temporary storage, promotional support, support in obtaining event permits, and advice along the way at no cost.
What am I responsible for?
As an organizer, you will be responsible for Ynot Lot clean up after your event, obtaining of any event permits, security, and insurance (if needed).
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your application at least one month prior to your proposed date for your event. Keep in mind that most event permit applications take at least 2-3 months to process.
Email Kimi for any questions or concerns, or if you’d like to volunteer!
Safe Space speech
December 22, 2016
"First, I just want to thank Mayor Pugh for her already demonstrated commitment to the arts, through the Design School and even work before she was actually the Mayor. That gives me quite a bit of hope, and a New York cynic like me really needs hope right now, so I really appreciate that.
Last night I got a call, “Would you come and say a few things about the task force, a few words?” And I thought of eight of them. So if you’d bear with me for a few minutes I’d like to share what those words are.
I also want to acknowledge that the press conference and the meetings and announcements – it’s not the work, ok? We recognize that this task force has a very rigorous, complicated task to complete, and I think we’re up for it, and I hope that these are the words that I hear, and that I say, and that we are held accountable for as we go through this.
The first one that popped into my mind was housing (and space). We’re here talking about art spaces, but artists are not a special class. We’re part of a wider class. The city and the country has obviously been reeling from what happened in Oakland, but we’ve also had issues happen with citizens and families and children that have had issues concerning safe and affordable housing. So I want to make sure that what we do moves the conversation in a wider way.
The second word is artist. I hope that during this task force we discuss what that means. We’re talking about makers, cooks, healers, activists, people that create communities that are creative spaces, and we need to think of ourselves in an expanded way. Some of the work that was happening particularly in the Bell Foundry may or may not be considered traditionally arts and culture work, but it very much so should be.
Safe. I’m really sort of conflicted about this word. Safe, safety, what’s safe to whom, and what safe really means. And what these spaces really have been doing, and what art spaces all across the country do is create sanctuary, which is maybe a higher standard, because we talk about physical as well as an intellectual and creative space. And I think Baltimore is particularly suited, more so than any city in the country, which is why I’m here, to create a really, really huge, creative ideological shift around that, and to become a global model.
Place-keeping is a word I like to hear. And I mean that as a direct interrogation of the word or the phrase place-making, which often leads to place taking, or you know, conversations around spatial justice. I really hope that we get to those words, and that we dig, and we do have real conversations and get at what Roberto Bedoya was talking about.
Sustain, or sustainability. Again, artists come in all stripes. We have artists that are aging out of certain living conditions. We have artists well outside of arts districts. Yes, I’m here, I represent the district, but the city is an ecology. Every space where things are happening are equally important, and I want to be able to look at The Crown, or Exit the Apple, or the Bell Foundry, and really understand them and think about them with the same gravitas and the same support that we think about the BMA and the Walters, right? And to be able to eventually move towards that level of sustainability.
The 6th word is equity. This is something that has come to me quite a bit when talking to the artists who have been running our DIY spaces and keeping cultural relevance here, and really, honestly being the forerunners for quite a bit of work across the country. And people of color, the trans community, other spaces where people have generally not had real social capital and a seat at the table. It’s time for us as a task force to really think about what that means very specifically, and what these spaces do, how do we differentiate, and make these spaces very specific to the city and to the work.
The 7th word I thought about was agency. I hope that we go into this task force with trust, with the understanding that creatives are the architects of every city that matters in the world. They are the people who understand how to create sanctuary and to create working spaces. They are self-determined. And so I hope that we are able to trust each other and be able to listen to real conversations that are maybe radically different than what other cities have done in the past.
And the last word was synergy. To Mayor Pugh’s point, the silo will not work in this situation. They’re too complicated, [the] varied issues around how to create safe spaces to do that. So owners and photographers and artists and thinkers and professors and philosophers, all sorts of people, really have to get outside of that and start to think about how we can look into the eyes of kids coming out of BSA and coming out of The Design School and say to them: this is an ecology. This is an ecosystem where you can stay, and you have a next step, and we’ll support you.
And I think hopefully that is the work. Jess Solomon, as she says, the real work that we get to during this task force and after, so I would just say this. Let’s get to work."
Wickerham & Lomax chosen as Station North’s Neighborhood Lights 2017 Artists
December 7, 2016
Wickerham & Lomax: Baltimore-based Daniel Wickenham and Malcolm Lomax have described their work as "fan boy hissy fits." Much of their art, according to the duo's website, is "based on the accelerated exchange of frivolous information, gossip, and codified language that crystallizes into accessible forms in hopes of giving dignity to that exchange." They won the Sondheim Prize in 2015.