The Maryland Institute is one of the country's top-ranked colleges for artists and designers. Founded in 1826, the college offers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual and liberal arts.
With support from the NEA, the Maryland Institute will use public art and design programming to enhance underutilized spaces in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District (SNAED). Station North is home to a multitude of creative artists and organizations, and the area's residents are approximately 69 percent African-American, 25 percent white, and 6 percent Asian. Despite this concentration of creativity and cultural diversity, the district has yet to be recognized as a cohesive cultural destination. Project plans include streetscaping, transformation of underutilized storefronts and vacant lots with site-specific installations, and conversations about design issues critical to Baltimore. D Center, a community design not-for-profit, will relocate to SNAED and Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival, will be extended north into the heart of SNAED. The project will culminate in a national symposium on the policy, economic development, and cultural impacts of arts and entertainment districts.