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Return Of Creative Baltimore Fund Means More Money For Arts

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- The arts community in Baltimore City is about to get an infusion of cash thanks to the return of the Creative Baltimore Fund. It was suspended for a few years during tough budgetary times, but now it's back.

Mary Bubala reports.

The sound of steel drums was heard inside the new home of the Single Carrot Theater in Remington. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was there to announce the return of the Creative Baltimore Fund.

"One thing I've heard consistently from our residents is they want more art and culture and they want more of it in their communities," Rawlings-Blake said.

The fund makes $250,000 available each year to nonprofit organizations and individuals who can apply for grants.

"This grant will help us establish a presence in the neighborhood--meaning not just the property acquisition, but a place where you can actually put in some programs, put in some real space where the public can show up and get work done. Bring their laptops, bring their writing materials, meet other writers and crank out good writing," said writer Kevin Brown.

Organizations like the Single Carrot Theater can receive up to $10,000 for general operating support, which the managing director says will go a long way as they put their mark on a new space in the city.

"The city on a whole recognizes the economic and social impacts that arts can have in a community and we're thrilled to be in a neighborhood--a stone's throw from Johns Hopkins, a stone's throw from the BMA. We look out these back windows and see rowhomes filled with future patrons, future students of our education programs," said Elliot Rauh, Single Carrot Theater.

An independent panel will review the proposals and choose the winners, which will be announced in May. Applications are due Monday, March 31.

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