Lots Alive

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Baltimore Green Network welcome proposals for sculptures and installations to be installed as part of the 2018-2019 season of the Lots Alive outdoor sculpture program. Winning proposals will be eligible for grants up to $5,000.

Lots Alive supports the creation of temporary outdoor sculpture sited on vacant lots within the Baltimore City limits. For this grant cycle, seven vacant lot sites have been identified for artist activation in the Park Heights neighborhood (on Park Heights Ave). Each project is expected to be installed for 12 months. Designed in partnership with Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Baltimore Green Network, Lots Alive aims to breathe life into underutilized vacant spaces through creative interventions.

For this grant cycle, six artists were selected and seven vacant lots were identified as sites for activation in the Park Heights neighborhood:

  • Artist: LaToya Peoples  Sites: 3820-3822 Park Heights Ave
  • Artist: Andy Dahl  Site: 3919 Park Heights Ave
  • Artists: H&H Collective  Site: 4215 Park Heights Ave
  • Artist: Elzie Williams II  Site: 4217 Park Heights Ave
  • Artist: Kirk Seese  Sites: 4620-4622 Park Heights Ave

Project Descriptions

Community artist LaToya Peoples created two artworks at 3820-3822 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215: Helping Hands and Future Dreamers. The interactive works feature free-standing painted hands holding various tools, including pencils, books, hammer, plants, vegetables, and life-size cutouts of various professionals (astronaut, artist, science researcher, builder, firefighter). The installations are designed to inspire and engage youth. 

Andy Dahl’s Step Up, Step Down at 3919 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 is a series of constructed stairs with recessed planted raised beds and stepping and resting areas, that point to a Park Heights history of homes and families that were once there while also contemplate a neighborhood’s present and redefining future. One may step up, step down, or remain to reflect on the past, be present in the moment, or contemplate the future.

Arts On The Avenue by artists Sean Hennessey and John Henderson (H&H Collective) is an illuminated, four-sided obelisk with panels mounted onto the framework. The panel dimensions will vary in size, color, and texture. The artwork will be installed at 4215 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Elzie Williams II created The Patches Of Bliss at 4217 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215; a hand sewn, weather-proof quilt placed on a wall and printed with collages depicting a plethora of diverse faces juxtaposed together as endless faces - to expose the underlying racial narratives built into the images we consume and accept every single day.

Sunrise, created by artist Kirk Seese, is a message about positive thinking and being intentional about our lives. The artwork was created using direct printing on wood. The artwork will be installed at 4217 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

For more information on this project please contact:
Chris Brooks, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 410-752-8632, cbrooks@promotionandarts.org

About the Baltimore Green Network (BGN)
Managed by the Department of Planning’s Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Green Network is a city-led effort to use sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective practices for stabilizing and holding land for redevelopment, and reusing vacant land to green neighborhoods, reduce stormwater runoff, grow food, and create community spaces.

About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

  • Lots Alive 2018 - Park Heights Avenue

    Artist: LaToya Peoples, Helping Hands

2016 Grant Awardees

The recipients are:

Project: Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park and Fellowship Program
Artist: Lisa Dillin
Location: 1450 Homestead Street, Coldstream Homestead Montebello
Award amount: $10,000
Project Description: The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park and Fellowship Program (CHMSP) is a temporary project created through a Lots Alive grant in collaboration with CHM Community Corporation. During the program, project director Lisa Dillin will oversee ten Baltimore artists as they work towards the creation of outdoor works which will be displayed in the park. A visiting artist program, field trip(s), critiques, and fellowship honoraria will prepare participants for the resulting exhibit. CHMSP is a scholarly opportunity for emerging and midcareer sculptors that will provide exposure to area artists while transforming a vacant lot into an engaging and serene public space.

About the Artist: Lisa Dillin is a Baltimore-based artist working in sculpture and participatory art practices. Dillin earned her BFA from Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, MD, Hamiltonian Gallery and Washington Project for the Arts, in Washington, D.C., Vox Populi and Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, as well as Nurture Art and Transmitter in Brooklyn, NY. Art fairs include the Select Art Fair in NYC, Aqua Art Fair and Artist-Run Art Fair in Miami, FL. Dillin was a 2012 Sondheim Prize Finalist, and a 2014 MSAC Individual Artist award recipient.

Project: Garden Restoration Project
Artist: Ashley Kidner
Location: Park Heights, Location TBD
Award amount: $2,000
Project Description: This temporary installation in the Park Heights Major Redevelopment Area will utilize a combination of stone and native plantings to create a labyrinth yin/yang formation allowing visitors to walk through its meditative space.

About the Artist: Ashley Kidner is an environmental land artist who is based in Baltimore. Kidner has run his own landscape company (ILD) for the past 27 years, working mainly in stone, water and native plants. Through his expertise with these elements and his passion for the environment, Kidner has created a number of earth work pieces throughout Maryland, Iceland and England. His mixed media assemblages and drawings have also been exhibited in Baltimore, Thailand and Vietnam. He currently has installations in Leakin Park and Lake Roland Park in Baltimore, and at Adkin’s Arboretum on the Eastern shore of Maryland.

Project: A LOT MATTERS
Artist: Ariston Jacks and Jonathan Green
Location: 734 N. Monroe Street, Midtown-Edmondson
Award amount: $10,000
Project Description: A Lot Matters is an extension of the Community Walk Through Theater, a project recently awarded the 2016 PNC Transformative Art Prize. For this collaborative project, Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy is partnering with Ground Root, residents, architects, artists, and community leaders to transform a vacant lot on one of Baltimore City’s busiest streets into a usable creative space to restore and energize community members who live, work and play in Mid-town.

About the Artists: 

Ariston Jacks creates multi-medium images that serve as social commentary. Combining ancient African culture with American southern experience he documents personal thoughts of the future. His painting, printmaking, and photography consist of honest images that inform onlookers of an outlook void of global stereotypes. Ariston Jacks' use of cultural icons, metaphysical philosophy and geometric compositions, are where the uniqueness in his artwork rest demonstrating the complex duality of African’s living in the American Diaspora.

Jonathan Greene is currently a senior at Morgan State University School of Architecture & Planning and is also pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Engineering at Anne Arundel Community College where he also received an Associate’s Degree in Architecture. Jonathan learned from the Community Walk Through Theater project the value and need for architects in community settings.  

Ray Baylor and Jerray Tillman: Ray is the founder of Ground Root, Inc. (formerly A New Day) and Jerray, the Executive Director are often referred to as community brokers because of their ability to broker in talents and skills that can benefit the community. 

Dr. Randolph Rowel: Randy is the Acting Chair of the Department of Behavioral Health Science at Morgan State University and has devoted all of his professional life to the use of art and other innovations to help communities  solve problems.  

Project: Close Up Baltimore
Artist: Jean Hill Studios
Location: 723 W Lafayette St, 837 N Fremont St, 839 N Fremont St, 841 N
Fremont St; UPTON
Award amount: $9,000
Project Description: Close Up Baltimore is a project, inspired by Humans of New York, that works to combat one-dimensional stereotypes about Baltimore by sharing the diverse stories and faces of Baltimoreans from across the city. These stories are collected by talented local photographers whose works have been featured everywhere from the Smithsonian to The Baltimore Sun. In Upton, Close Up Baltimore will create a public outdoor photography exhibition that will open alongside an outdoor community picnic, and gather the stories and photographs of community members in attendance. Similar to the way that a grandparent passes stories down to their children and grandchildren, the stories gathered at this event will be captured and preserved for those to come. The goal is that giving residents a chance to reflect on their past and look ahead to their collective future will help to build a more comprehensive understanding of the area and strengthen the sense of community.

About the Artist:

Storytelling isn’t what Jean Hill Studios does-- it’s who they are. Since the beginning of time, people have been gathering to tell stories and to listen to them. Stories have always been the way people build connections, shape culture, and decide who gets remembered. Good storytelling has immense power to create social change. Whether it’s through film, design, photography, or social impact events, Jean Hill Studios is committed to sharing powerful stories that prompt conversations and shift paradigms.

About the Baltimore Green Network (BGN)

Managed by the Department of Planning’s Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Green Network is a city-led effort to use sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective practices for stabilizing and holding land for redevelopment, and reusing vacant land to green neighborhoods, reduce stormwater runoff, grow food, and create community spaces. 

About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.