Backpack Jax and KLP, two hip-hop groups from Nantes in Western France, will present their new show featuring an explosive mix of breakdance and soulful music within the framework of the Alliance’s Urban Corps transatlantic hip-hop-festival that takes place in Washington, D.C. from 12 to 18 May 2013.

In this new artistic collaboration Backpack Jax brings the music whilst KLP delivers the moves. For the first time, the French-Iraqi and Cuban-American singing duo Backpack Jax partners with the French dance crew KLP for a high-energy performance full of explosive movements and sound.

Backpack Jax and KLP will be supported by TSU (Team Squad Up), a Baltimore-based dance company specialized in dancing to Baltimore house and club music, who will be the opening act for their new French friends.

General Public tickets: $15 / Member and Student tickets: $10 

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Baltimore artists are encouraged to attend the Mind Your Business: Homeownership Opportunities for the Creative Leaders of Baltimore’s New Economy, sponsored by PNC Bank. The information session is offered to ensure that Baltimore City’s cultural citizens have access to home buying resources, as part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal of growing Baltimore by 10,000 families in the next 10 years.

The session is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, click here.

The symposium covers incentives to buying a house in Baltimore, obtaining a mortgage, using a realtor, the Vacants to Value Program, tax benefits to buying and working in a home and buying a home in one of the city’s three Arts & Entertainment Districts.

The Mind Your Business: Homeownership Opportunities for the Creative Leaders of Baltimore’s New Economy is presented by the City of Baltimore with funding from PNC Bank. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, What Weekly, Vacants to Value, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District, Live Baltimore, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Social Enterprise Alliance, AIA Baltimore, Jubilee Baltimore, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, MICA Career Development, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Maryland Art Place, Maryland State Arts Council, The Charles Theatre and Joe Squared.

SUNDAY May 19th • 11AM to 4:30PM in Druid Hill Park

This FREE celebration commemorating 150 years of Druid Hill Park Reservoir will include:

• More than 50 Maryland Artists• Strolling Performers• Live Music• Performing Arts• Kids’ Art Exploration• Local Food Trucks

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the finalists for the eighth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists are Gabriela Bulisova, Larry Cook, Caitlin Cunningham, Nate Larson, Louie Palu and Dan Steinhilber. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The competition winner is announced during an award ceremony and reception on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 7pm at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 North Charles Street.

Learn more about the finalists.


“The surveillance police booth is cloaked in dense, black, domestic curtains thus preventing the inherent function of the one way mirror,” writes artist Adrian Lohmüller, setting the stage for his installation Blind Study II (A Psychology of Building). Lohmüller’s enigmatic environment will be the inaugural exhibition for The Koban Project, a new experimental art space located on the SW corner or Charles and Lanvale in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Employing domestic materials Lohmüller will subvert the assumed function of the former police station, preventing its use as a site of voyeurism and scrutiny. A study, perched atop the police box itself and thus outside the gaze of the authorities, welcomes viewers to engage with Glenn Robert Lym’s text “A Psychology of Building,” or perhaps contemplate what books they might line the otherwise empty shelves with. The installation includes a sound piece by Meghan Tomeo. From the interior of the cloaked booth emanate voices of people recounting intimate spatial experiences and their positions within their immediate architectural surroundings.

“Here the public realm protects itself against the harmful gaze of control under which it cannot be completely free. Granting a lack of control over criminal activity further demands a definition of what can be criminal to begin with.”

Please join us Sunday, April 21st, 2013 from 3-6PM at the Café Sage (34 E Lanvale Street) for a reception with the artists and organizers of The Koban Project.

Art War Entrants Sought

Local artists will go brush-to-brush to compete for cash and other prizes during Art War, a new addition to this year’s Salisbury Festival on Saturday, April 27. Student, amateur and professional artists will have five hours, starting at 10 a.m., to create a piece live in front of festival-goers. Those attending the festival will vote on which work they like best. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The first-place artist receives a solo show at a Salisbury University Art Galleries location. Gift certificates and cash prizes are available for second and third place. Each artist is given a 10-foot-by-10-foot space in which to create. Indoor and outdoor spots are available. Setup begins at 9 a.m. Artists must bring their own supplies, including tables and chairs. A drop cloth and basic lighting are provided. Entries may be comprised of any material that is not hazardous, illegal or damaging to the provided space. SU Art Galleries sponsors the competition. The entry fee is $20. Interested artists must sign up by Friday, April 19, at Entrants should include three to five images of past work in jpg format, at a resolution no higher than two megabytes per file, along with a one-paragraph description of the art they plan to create during the event. For more information call 410-548-2547 or e-mail University Galleries Director Liz Kauffman at

Two communities have been awarded $30,000 each to complete their projects.

The Greater Remington Improvement Association will produce an “R” sculpture and crosswalk art at the corner of 26th and N. Howard Streets.  The “R” sculpture will serve as a recognizable entry point and identity marker for the neighborhood, as well as an anchor for a new public space that will be created at that site for the community.  The sculpture is intended as the first in a series that will spell the word “Remington” throughout the neighborhood.  Artist Dominic Terlizzi will work with the community to complete the first phase of this project.

The Upper Fell’s Point Improvement Association will create a tribute to jazz artist Billie Holiday, one-time resident of the community, with one mosaic, five murals, wall plaques and painted screens in the 200 block of South Durham Street.   The block will be named “Lady Day Way” and serve as a community centerpiece and tourist destination.  Artist Joe Rizza will create the Billie Holiday mosaic and muralists Michael Kirby, Bridget Cimino, Anne Kotleba and James Eichelberger will paint images of Billie Holiday on the designated walls on that block.

The PNC Transformative Art Project, in its second year, awards sizable grants to communities to create “destination” art that will help bring together neighbors around the project and invite others into the community to enjoy the art.  Last year’s winning communities were Greater Mondawmin, Hamilton-Lauraville, and Franklin Square.