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The Downtown Development Commission of Cumberland, Maryland is seeking artists who would be interested in designing a Signage Mural for the Historic City Center of Cumberland.

The mural would be 30’ x 10’ and would be printed on sheets of thin metal prior to being attached to the side of a prominent brick building at the entrance to the downtown pedestrian mall which forms the central part of the Historic City Center.

 

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The program, Art @ Work: Sandtown began on Monday June 29th with a bang. With an amazing turn out, orientation began. The youth aged 14-21 years old signed in, were separated into their designated groups, met their fellow peers, and their mentoring artists. No time was wasted; each group immediately began to get to know one another. Read More →

from NPR:

Once the scene of tragedy, a school in the West Point slums of Liberia is now a work of art — and it’s an international affair. Street artists from Baltimore collaborated with Liberian artists to create murals on the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi Elementary and Junior High School.

A glimmering sunset, a vibrantly colored butterfly and a roaring hippo welcomed students last Friday when the school reopened.

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students in brand-new uniforms proudly paraded through crowded streets to celebrate. A marching band led the way, greeting onlookers with trumpet fanfare.

At the peak of the Ebola outbreak in August, the school served as an Ebola holding center. Angry residents raided the school, forcing the patients to flee and bringing blood-stained bedding out on the streets.

Weeks of rioting left the school in shambles. But after months of disinfecting and major renovations by a coalition of aid agencies and nonprofits, the school is a school once more. It’s even got a new face to inspire its returning pupils.

With funding from German Agro Action, one of the organizations that helped rehabilitate the school, street artist David “Nanook” Cogdill, who’s worked on murals in Baltimore and other U.S. cities, traveled to West Point to give the building a face lift.

He began by outlining a large and intricate design on the front of the building. Then over the past weeks, Nanook worked with three local artists to fill in the intricate details with colorful paint.

To paint a pygmy hippo, he worked with 14-year-old Abel Dassin, who likes to call himself the youngest artist in Liberia. Nanook coached him on how to paint the skin so that it would look realistic.

Dassin says he wanted to be part of the project to remember Shacki, a 16-year-old boy who was shot during the riots and later died. “Shacki was of my age. I feel sad for his family. I paint for him,” he says. “I also hope that when other children see the painting they feel motivated to go to school.”

At the front gates of the school courtyard, Nanook worked with Kingston Sylla, an artist from Guinea who’d moved to Liberia years ago, to cover the concrete wall with shapes of all sizes and colors. The pattern was designed by Baltimore artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn and brought to life by the team.

Unlike the other mural, this one faced outward. The idea is that the community should also be able to enjoy the art as well — not just the students.

 

 

In these troubling times, Center Stage has decided to take action and get involved in the healing of our Baltimore.  Tomorrow (Saturday, May 2nd) at 3:30pm the International Cast of Marley will host a FREE community concert at the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Ave. We want to offer healing and what better way to do that than through the music of the legendary Bob Marley.

All the info is in the flier below. Please help us spread the word. We want to create an atmosphere of peace and support, so everyone is invited to join us.

There will be a carpool shuttle leaving Center Stage at 2pm. We will make multiple trips.  Please contact Kristina Szilagyi at kszilagyi@centerstage.org if you would like to carpool with us.