There are more artists coming to Baltimore every year, especially emerging artists, who need a space to make their work and call their own. Started in 2014 by Lydia Pettit, Platform Arts Center aims to create a welcoming environment to each and every person that walks through its doors, utilizing the warm feeling of the 1830’s row home on Mulberry St. With 13 affordable studios, a gallery on the storefront first floor, and a woodshop in the basement, PAC provides everything a young artist needs to feel integrated in the arts community. Platform Gallery is versatile, offering a space for performance, conversation, programming, and exhibitions that are fully accessible to those in the arts and the public alike. PAC is about art and conversation for everyone, and a space for emerging artists to expand and develop their practice.

Open 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday!


Alicia Ciambrone

Nicole Dyer

Rebekah Kirkman

Marisa LaGuardia

Lydia Pettit

Ally Siberkeit


The Hollins Market Art Stroll will kick off Open Studio Tours this weekend!


Art Stroll, an outdoor evening art event with activities and vendors, taking place throughout the 1100 block of Hollins Street. Located on the market square, ten community partners play Art Stroll hosts including Black Cherry Puppet Theater, CUPs Coffeehouse, Hollins Market Bear Lot, Mi Ranchito Tex-Mex Restaurant, New Beginnings Barber Shop, Umri Siki Gallery, Zella’s Pizzeria, The 60s and 70s Club, Primo Chicken, and City of Gods. Featuring the talented painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, musicians, food artists, and skateboard performance artists, that call Hollins Market home.

1. Black Cherry Puppet Theater, 1115 Hollins Street
2. CUPs Coffeehouse, 31 S. Arlington Avenue
3. Hollins Market Bear Lot, 1101 Hollins Street
4. Mi Ranchito Tex-Mex Restaurant, 1116 Hollins Street
5. New Beginnings Barber Shop, 1047 Hollins Street
6. Umri Siki Gallery, 1100 Hollins Street
7. Zella’s Pizzeria, 1145 Hollins Street
8. The 60s and 70s Club, 1000 W. Lombard Street
9. Primo Chicken, 1242 W. Lombard Street
10. City of Gods, 1118 Hollins Street

Art Stroll begins at 7:00pm, click here to RSVP on Facebook!


K-Town Studios @ Open Studio Tours

100 West 22nd Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

We’ll have our doors open 1-6PM both Saturday and Sunday

School 33 Link: http://school33.org/index.cfm?page=events&section=4&subsection=open-studio-tour

At the heart of Korea Town (K-Town) in Baltimore, Maryland, a three-story commercial building rents out artist studios in varying sizes. The goal of the building is to provide a healthy and productive studio culture for young and professional artists in the area with affordable rent. The owners are artist Mina Cheon (Professor of Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA) and architect Gabriel Kroiz (Professor at Morgan State University) who both have studio and office spaces in the building.

Mina Cheon

Artists in Baltimore seek safe and clean studio spaces in order to continue working on their art and to live in Baltimore. While Baltimore is full of boarded houses and large empty spaces, these spaces need attention and are not conducive for a healthy studio environment. Artists deserve more than a non-heated and depressed place that they can afford.

Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator Mina Cheon wanted a safe studio environment, “so that there are no distractions from being able to work.” Of course, being Korean herself, she loved the idea of a building in K-Town.

The K-Town Studios that she and her husband acquired in March 2014, is at 100 W. 22nd Street, 21218, Baltimore, Maryland, between Howard and Maryland, directly across the street from the Korean Nakwon Restaurant, walking distance from MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center, and between Station North Arts District and Remington. The K-Town neighborhood functions for many social service institutions, making it an ideal location for artists’ studios, with rich possibilities of becoming a location and cultural hub in Baltimore. The owners hope that the building can help foster this in the neighborhood.


Current tenant include MICA UG Alumni Pete Razon, Travis Levasseur, Colin Foster, and Dave Eassa. Recent graduate students of MICA who graduated have taken on the ground floor to further contribute to the Station North Arts District programs. Led by Ali Seradge and Katie Duffy, they are sharing the space with other artists Brendan Kerwin, Ryan Kitchen, and Janet Olney. Distinguished artist Lee Boot, faculty at UMBC has also joined the building.

BmoreArt Article: http://bmoreart.com/2014/07/living-with-art-k-town-studios.html





OverviewThe Bernard/Ebb Songwriting award is seeking the area’s best songwriters to compete for a chance to perform for a live audience and win a $10,000 grand prize. Both individual songwriters and bands are encouraged to apply.There will be multiple rounds of judging for the competition. A jury of esteemed judges will select the semi-finalists. The Grand Prize Jury will then review the semi-finalists’ submissions and select the finalists who will each perform two of their original songs at the live performance on March 6, 2015. The Grand Prize Jury will select the first Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award winner and winning Young Songwriter during the live performance.

Each applicant must submit three original songs, a maximum of 4 minutes per song. Applicants under 17 must submit two original songs.  All musical genres are accepted and each song must include lyrics.

  • Adult/Contemporary
  • Broadway/Musical Theatre
  • Country/Bluegrass
  • Folk/Acoustic
  • Gospel/Inspirational
  • Pop
  • R&B/Hip Hop/Urban
  • Rock/Alternative
  • Vocal Jazz/Blues
  • Open

Original songs must be uploaded to the online submission form (we accept .MP3, .WAV or .M4a files or a SoundCloud hyperlink) or submitted on a CD with the mail-in application.

Judging will be based on:

  • Composition
  • Lyrics
  • Originality
  • Melody/Harmony

Lyric Sheet Requirements:
A lyric sheet for each song must be provided with the submission.

  • Typed
  • Include title of song
  • Chorus & verses clearly labeled
  • Double space between sections of the song
  • Year song was written noted at the bottom

*The names of all contributing writers must be included on the entry form. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes with co-writers as appropriate.



Songwriters must be 18 or older and permanent, full-time of Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia. Young songwriters, ages 17 and younger, are eligible for the Young Songwriter category.

All songwriters and performers must be available to perform their original songs for a live audience in Bethesda, MD on March 6, 2015.


• Applicants must not have made more than $5,000 in publishing royalties in 2014 and can’t be employed as a staff writer for a publishing company, nor have been paid for such services by a publishing company.

• Each entry must be original and shall not infringe on any copyrights, or any other rights of any third party. Each applicant shall hold Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District from and against claims inconsistent with these requirements.