March 19, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT | by Steve Charing
Open Walls Baltimore 2 launch
Baltimore, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade, open walls

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More than 15 nationally and internationally recognized artists from Baltimore and around the world have been selected to participate in an outdoor mural project called Open Walls Baltimore 2. The program aims to bring bold, colorful and provocative large-scale painted murals to private and publicly owned buildings in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.

The goals of the project are to provide an outlet for creative expression where artists are able to paint their vision of urban legacy and revitalization in that area and to draw tourists and locals alike to a neighborhood experiencing growth and renewed vibrancy.

To launch Open Walls Baltimore 2, there will be a special VIP reception on March 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Metro Gallery located on 1700 North Charles St., in the heart of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Various political dignitaries, community leaders and business partners will be in attendance in addition to several of the participating artists. This event is open to the public.

“We are building on the success of the original Open Walls Baltimore project that literally transformed an area of our great city and allowed important conversations to take place about integrating art and the arts into a community to provide vitality, renewed strength and pride to the people who live and work there,” said Ben Stone, executive director of Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. “Our hope is that this project will serve as a catalyst for change, connectivity and urban vibrancy.”

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