Thursday, April 29, 2010
Prior to hearing anything in the class my fear of developmental plans in the area was that this current relationship with the arts within the area would cease to exist. The status quo would not be able to handle the economic revision of the area and would be outsourced and the area completely gentrified. While potentially this would not need to be a bad thing (it would change the area and could have a functioning economically driven cultural area) it would not be the same North Avenue region which has attracted many artists and musicians to the area.
Fortunately, after hearing from a slew of active players in the developmental future of SNAED I can honestly say that I am optimistic about this project. While it will be impossible to say that I am “sold” that my Baltimore will not change too drastically for my liking until I check out the region twenty years from now, it has been presented to the class that it is in the best interest of Baltimore that the atmosphere stays the same. Even in the last couple of years huge changes have been made—for the better in my opinion. The Windup Space, Artists and Craftsmen Supply, Joe Squared and more have been built and have tapped into and encouraged the current music and arts scene of the city. Restaurants, galleries, theatres, markets, and green spaces seem to appear in every developmental plan, and if these spots remain affordable and universally welcoming, SNAED developmental plans can maintain the “charm” of North Avenue while improving the city and continuing to having a fully functioning culturally driven area.
This informational brochure gives step by step instructions for people interested in starting a nonprofit real estate development business. The brochure starts off by explaining in very concrete terms how to assess whether or not an organization is ready to start a nonprofit real estate development business and tells you what you need to have in order to be ready. The brochure continues by giving people questions to ask themselves before starting such a business, and explains the different roles that a nonprofit can play in the community as well as the different forms a real estate business can take as a nonprofit. In addition, the brochure covers what types of people such a business should include (how to structure your business), what types of funding are available and how to get it, how to know your neighborhood's needs and facilitate community engagement, and how to manage a budget. The brochure also explains the lending process that businesses need to be aware of before starting a nonprofit real estate development business (which was informative for me). This explained a lot of things for me about the inner workings of nonprofit real estate development by revealing everything in a simple, clear, and understandable manner.
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After reading "How Art and Culture Happen in New York" and thought about Station North arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore
"The relationship between place and culture can be an effective tool for economic development….Fundamentally, art and culture thrive in places that support the social and economic dynamics necessary for creative production.”
However, the most interesting thing is how to interact creative people. In the reading, there are several quotations which like one nightclub owner said, “So many times, I see creative people sitting next to each other and next thing you know they are doing something.” Moreover, in the survey, most of them mentioned important of social activity such as ‘introduction’. I also deeply agree with this.
In my experience, even they are just ‘student’ or ‘amateur’, art world is influenced strongly social life. Most of my creative friends met in the exhibition opening, by accidently joining at drinking party, or by others introduced.
With this opinion, I also gladly accept North market project which is normally well-known “Station north market arts and entertainment district”. It has a plan that develops complex center entertainment and art providing in Central Baltimore. There’s already several place are running now. ‘Metro gallery’(1700 North Charles street), ‘The Windup space’(12 W. North Avenue) where locate Station North district and mixed bar, stage and gallery. In addition, every month on second Saturday, there is an event which has music performances, art exhibition, entertain such as providing pizza. Hence, they had some projects like “The Door & Window Project” that decorated vacant houses.
However, I think it needs to more effort to advertise to people-including MICA students and other art students and local artists, residents. First, it should renew their web site. Since last year, there is no updating even this month the event held. It is hard to get information beside leaflets. Secondly, it has to increase more ally facilities. It is glad news that there will be a new pub as soon as in North market building. It could help more local art and culture communication. At last, it needs to be held more notable events. It helps collect more artists and culture planners, and also could revive local economy.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Baltimore City Paper from 2003: PAST AND FUTURE COLLIDE IN THE ARTICLE "Will the Station North Arts District Paint a Brighter Future for Midtown?"
2003 was a pretty crucial year for the Station North Arts District. This article was written the same year that the districts 10 year tax incentives were passed, including the property tax credit for arts-related businesses, the entertainment and amusement tax credit, and the artist-income tax credit. This was also the same year that the PUD (the Planned Unit Development) ordinance was passed. This ordinance was a zoning shift for Greenmount West's industrial buildings, allowing more of them to contain a mixture of commercial and residential tenants. In addition, 2003 was the year that City Council Bill 03-1143 was approved, giving the city authority to ‘use condemnation powers as a means to acquire 24 vacant or underutilized properties in and around the Charles Street corridor.’ At the time that this article was written, the building’s owners had been given 8 months to come up with credible finance plans of their own or else they faced being bought over by the BDC. By no surprise these buildings included sites that we now know to be part of the Charles North Vision plan, including the Chesapeake Restaurant and the Parkway Theater. Oh, and 2003 was also the year that Area 405 opened up.
It’s informative to realize how much is still the same but at the same time important to remember that it’s only been seven years since this article was published. Quite a lot has happened in these few years already. It's hard to measure progress, because with progress there's always the short term and then there's the long term and again, seven years really isn't a very long time. But you should still read the article, even after reading this summary.
Read the article @: http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=3328
Monday, April 26, 2010
In the instant my friend asked “Where’s North and Howard?”, I wanted her to feel the personal sense of responsibility that I have developed. In essence, I wanted her to experience the whole course of Art, Artists, and The City. This, of course, is a ridiculous expectation to place one anyone. However, it is still very important that one is aware of their contextual surroundings, especially in the city. I would hope my friend is able to achieve this awareness by some other means. After all, though Art, Artists, and The City has been extremely informative, it can never measure up to years of immersion in an urban community.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
a. The Department of Housing and Community Development assures that before individuals or families are displaced from their dwelling units due to the requirements of this Plan, standard housing within the displacees’ financial means shall be provided. Residents living within the Project Area, if displaced through the requirements of this Plan, shall be given a priority by the Department of Housing and Community Development to any housing within the Project Area over which the Department has direct control.
b. The Department of Housing and Community Development assures that before firms or individual businesses are displaced from their present location of operation due to the requirements of this Plan, standard commercial structures within the displacees’ financial means, in or near the Project Area shall be identified. Businesses displaced because of the requirements of this Plan shall be given favorable consideration, but not necessarily priority, by the Department of Housing and Community Development in the review of commercial redevelopment proposals.
There is an arts festival in pittsburgh called three rivers arts festival annually. Every year there is a poster contest for the promotion of the festival. Here is this year's winner.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
After volunteering on Saturday, I went to a few locations that I was considering using for my final project. I only talked to a few people but when I talked to them, they were pretty enthusiastic about some activity. I think it just takes some proactive thinking and some action to make things happen in Greenmount West.
Also, anybody want to lend me a lawnmower? I'm looking either for a push lawnmower or a small one. Thanks!
Monday, April 19, 2010
But after read Serra’s insistent, it is more confused. I think his work is neutral between both of view. He declared clearly he opposes GSA guideline (later one), but it is also not just a huge sculpture. I thought the reason that he was not accepted by people and society is it was unfamiliar at that time and it was a proof that public artwork is not only ‘art’, but it needs utility, convenience for public. So definition of public art became complex to define because it needs to view diverse of side.
There’re many opinions about public art until now. I also constantly have studied this area, but I could not understand exactly at all. But if I spaced some artworks to the city, I would take ‘Intervention’ view. Because it is true that public place is not extending of white cube anymore.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Within her essay Alternative Space, Rosalyn Deutsche engages several critical theories in the process of deciphering a relationship between Art and the City. This relationship is brought to the forefront with the discussion of the art gallery’s role in gentrification and, subsequently, the displacement of the homeless. This very issue was the basis of a panel discussion about New York’s East Village. In response to a panelist’s statement, Roger Kimball remarks that “He never specified just what the homeless might have to do with art- how could he have done so, since they have nothing at all to do with art?”
I find myself immediately appalled by such a remark, which perhaps is Deutsche’s intention. The question remains, what sort of thought process leads to Kimball’s perspective, and for that matter, the opposite response that I favor? By elaborating of several Neoconservative criticisms, Deutsche points out a sort of mechanization of urban development. This eliminates the resident’s role in the formation of a city, instead placing responsibility on a “provision of facilities to fulfill ‘essentiall’ human needs.” According to Neoconservatives, this eliminates the urban environment from the political realm. I find a major flaw in this argument. My observations of Baltimore have led me to believe that residents play an integral role in the formation of their city. Community organizations, such as Charles North Community Organization, depend upon the involvement of the local population. It therefore seems self-evident that the environment plays a major political role. The question remains, how does this environment relate to art, and does the latter part of the political realm as well?
On the topic of public art, Deutsche mentions the concept of a “pure art experience,” in which art is at the forefront while the social realm is made a backdrop. I find this to be a highly irrational stance. One cannot separate a work of art from its surrounding context. For one, the artist will inevitably be influenced and inspired by his or her surroundings. Once the art is placed in a location, the experience it invokes in the viewer is influenced by the immediate physical surroundings. This is all to say that the human condition prohibits one from transcending their context: there is no pure, un-bias experience.
I have assumed the political realm requires the involvement of social forces (in this case, residents of an urban environment). If art cannot be separated from its physical and social context, then it must therefore be political. With this in mind, Kimball is mistaken in his statement about art and homelessness. Art is inseparable from the galleries it is displayed in, and consequently contributes to gentrification and displacement. This cause and effect relationship is proof that art and homelessness are indeed related.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I had always been told to listen to people when doing socially-based or community projects, but I don't think I really got it until seeing the work people were doing in Greensboro Alabama. Greensboro is the place Rural Studio started. Much of the work Rural studio does is about listening. The students live in tents at the site of the house they are building, and the houses are tailored specifically to the needs of the people who will be living in them. I saw a lot of the houses built by early rural studio students, and there are definitely problems with the structure of the houses, but the aspect of Rural Studio that is really important and has lasted is the idea of listening to people and designing around that.
So many organizations have come from this idea of listening in design and while Rural Studio did not start this, they did put it into an institutional context really well and this has been the lasting effect of it.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Green Space can be a great improvement to a neighborhood. I know we've talked in class about how community gardens and other types of green space can be totally beneficial and it's interesting to look at Baltimore in this sense as it is sort of on a small scale compared to NYC.
I wonder how this park will impact the neighborhood? The article talks about how the park has years before it is completed, though it is supposed to be one of many large "greening" projects in New York. Before the area was filled with dilapidated warehouses that lined the piers from the water. Now, for the most part they've been demolished to make room for recreational sports centers. This park should have an incredible impact on the city as central park did when Frederick Law Olmstead designed it. The article talked about how Olmstead viewed parks as a "refuge from the physical and psychological wear and tear of the industrial city" whereas the grittier elements of cities are focused on in a positive way. The connection between sustainable landscapes in urban environments aid to this link.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
So much conversation happens about gentrification in Station North amongst it’s residents, but when you look at it as The Fine Art of Gentrification describes the process, gentrification in Station North is not much of a threat. This is mostly because there is very little capital invested into the arts in Baltimore. There are no galleries that are selling work in Station North, There is very little press regarding the art being made in Station North. Furthermore, the area continues to be virtually untouched by the art market.
That being said, we live in a time where the art market may not have to be the first investor of capital and interest in an area populated by artists. With all of the recent interest in Arts Economic Development, larger institutions like developers are catching on to the fact that artists can be good for an area’s economy. This begs the question: are they right? Is it right to assume that artists, without the support of the capital invested by the commercial art market are still economically good for an area? It seems that they are in some ways, but not in the ways that we have seen in cases like the Lower East Side. If artists are not making tons of money off of their work and being lauded in the art press, then there will not be the same influx of capital that there was in the Lower East Side. It seems that this initial push of capital made by the art market is what allows gentrification to happen because if artists in an area are making working class wages and no one injects some capital into the area to make it appealing to the upper classes, then none of the upper class people will move there.