ARTblocks

Rating: 5 stars   1 review 282

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 834 West 36th Street Baltimore MD 21211 USA

Mission: Positive public spaces created by the people for the people. We provide the tools to help them get there.
Results: May 2012: Creative Placemaking with Highlandtown community, merchants & residents to address intersection of Eastern Ave & Conkling St. April 2012: Awarded PNC Transformative Art Grant to create life-size elephant sculptures in collaboration with the Mondawmin community & residents, Friends of Druid Hill Park, BOPA, and sculptor Barbara Thompson. Completion date: October 2012. April 2012 Awarded Partnership with Parks Grant from Parks & People Foundation to create a Living Chair from live willows to be planted at Druid Hill Park for a new Reading/Music Program at the Farmers Market. A collaboration with the Mondawmin community & residents, Friends of Druid Hill Park, and living wall artist, Edmundo Ortega. Completion date: June 2012. March 2012: Creative placemaking with Hampden community, merchants & residents to address intersection of 36th St & Falls Road. October 2011: Free Fall Baltimore Grant to do creative placemaking with Mondawmin community, residents, and Friends of Druid Hill Park to address intersection of Gwynns Falls Rd & Auchentoroly Terrace. October 2010: Free Fall Baltimore Grant to do creative placemaking with Station North Arts & Entertainment District & Greater Baltimore Cultural Association. October 2010: Awarded Maryland State Arts Council Grant to create an artistic installation called, "Double Dutch", in Pimlico in collaboration with the Pimlico Road Youth Program, sculptor Stewart Watson, and St. Johns Lutheran Church in Pimlico.
Geographic areas served: Baltimore City
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EIN 80-0300531
410.243.3834
www.artblocks.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing non-profit. The ED, Deborah Patterson, really understands the community aspect of public art. Rather than bringing a vision to the neighborhoods, she organizes break-out sessions, and has the neighborhood themselves determine the type of art they want. Then is it Deborah's task to raise the funds to realizes the community's vision. Bonus, Deborah is one of the most talented artists in her own right, that I have ever seen. I often stare in awe at her works and know, no matter how hard I try, I can never achieve the level of greatness that she has been gifted. Truly a remarkable woman and a remarkable non-profit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Druid Hill community. The transformation Deborah is leading almost brings me to tears.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding. This is what public art should be.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Random pop-in to Deborah's gallery.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

As any, fund and friend raising.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Same as above.

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