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The Contemporary Announces Round 2 of the Grit Fund

The Contemporary is pleased to announce the second round of grantees of the Grit Fund. In 2016, the Grit Fund received over 70 applications and awarded $67,000 to 13 projects with grants ranging from $2,171 to $6,000. Awards were determined by a five-person jury of national arts leaders: Natalie Campbell (Washington D.C.), Ryan Dennis (Houston,…

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Baltimore Sun Features Open Works

Construction to begin on city’s newest ‘makerspace’ Open Works by Natalie Sherman Published in the Baltimore Sun September 21, 2015 Excerpt: Baltimore Arts Realty Corp. will begin a major renovation Tuesday on a Greenmount Avenue warehouse with the goal of filling the building with the hum of craftsmen, artists and other small manufacturers. The $11…

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Tax Incentives for Individual Artists

Calling all artists, designers, and creative professionals! Tax season is here, and we’ve put together a handy guide for those of you who might be able to use the Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts Income Tax Subtraction Modification for Individual Artists when filing your 2014 taxes. Confused as to what this tax incentive is, and…

Housing Policy Watch

It is a well-known fact that one of the greatest challenges facing Baltimore is its thousands of vacant and abandoned properties. The root cause of vacancy is neither straightforward nor easily remedied. In fact, attempts to unravel the story behind a single building will quickly demonstrate to the uninitiated that Baltimore’s epidemic of vacant and…

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Sight Unseen brings avant-garde cinema to Baltimore

“Often these works are painterly, expressionistic, poetic and visceral.  They are often made on little or no budget and often they are a voice coming from and representing one author, the filmmaker.” – Margaret Rorison on avant-garde cinema In the spring of 2012, Lorenzo Gattorna, Margaret Rorison and Kate Ewald got together to discuss the…

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Mira Azarm, Social Design Fellow

Mira Azarm, of MICA’s Masters of Arts in Social Design (MASD) program, discovered something very early in her year-long fellowship as a Social Design Fellow: design shouldn’t be larger than the problem you’re trying to solve. While Mira wore many hats throughout her year-long fellowship–including teaching in the Design Leadership program at MICA and the…