Category: Partners

Preservation Work at Contee-Parago Park

In October 2020, Baltimore Heritage awarded Friends of Contee-Parago Park a $500 micro-grant to help them preserve the original dedication plaque installed in the park in 1971. Here’s an update from Jean Lee Cole of the Friends of Contee-Parago Park:

The sign was installed this morning by a wonderful team from the Serra Stone company, who also did the demolition of the wall and building of the new brick piers. It took a long time to locate this company and secure funding for the work. But it’s been completed! And the mini-grant from Baltimore Heritage helped keep the preservation of the original sign an important priority throughout the process. Members of both the Contee and Parago families have expressed their joy in seeing the plaque featured more prominently in the park, and Reese Culbreath, grandson of Edward Parago, selected the heart-shaped boulder onto which the plaque was installed and determined its placement. It was quite moving to be part of this restoration of history.

William Contee and Edward Parago

Come enjoy the park and help out at this upcoming event:

 

Thank you to the Friends of Contee-Parago Park for their important preservation work! For more information on Contee-Parago Park, check out our Five Minute Histories video:

 

Mount Vernon Place Plein Air 2022

 

Mark your calendars for Sunday September 25, 2022! We will be back with our second in-person Mount Vernon Place plein air art show and sale. This spring and summer dozens of artists will be painting outside in Mount Vernon Place and their works will be on display and for sale at a reception on September 25.

For Tickets: Please check back for information on ticket sales.

For Sponsors: We’re looking for sponsors in the following categories

  • $200 (Pissaro Sponsor) – will fund an artist prize in a category of your choice.
  • $500 (Matisse Sponsor) – will provide lunch for the 30 participating artists.
  • $1000 (Monet Sponsor) – will fund reception costs for 50 of a goal of 100 guests.

Become a Sponsor Today!

2021 Fall Lecture: Mapping Baltimore Apartheid (Virtual Talk!)

Our 2021 Fall Lecture is virtual this year! On Friday, join us and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation to kick off Doors Open Baltimore with Dr. Lawrence Brown, author of The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America! Register here!

Dr. Brown will put Baltimore under a microscope, looking at the causes of segregation and drawing on extensive research of data and policy. Brown will demonstrate how data visualization can be a tool to distribute resources to communities in need, and speak to the roles of design, planning, and preservation in healing and restoring redlined Black neighborhoods.

Dr. Brown’s presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by author and journalist Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson.

Participating discussants include:

Seema Iyer, Ph.D, Associate Director of the Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore

Tom Liebel, FAIA, Vice-President of Moseley Architects and CHAP Commission Chair

Nakita Reed, AIA, Associate, Quinn Evans Architects

A limited number of signed copies of The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America are available through the Baltimore Architecture Foundation bookstore at the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design. Books can be purchased using one of the Eventbrite ticket options, either “Delivery” or Pick Up.” Further details on getting your book will be included in the confirmation email. Questions? Reach out to Nathan Dennies at ndennies@aiabalt.com.

Doors Open Baltimore 2021 includes a month’s worth of virtual and in-person programming. Visit www.doorsopenbaltimore.org for more information. We are pleased to be sponsoring this event in partnership with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, which is handling registration.

 

About this event

This program is hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact ndennies@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

This talk is part of Free Fall Baltimore which is presented by BGE, and is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Mount Vernon Place Interiors Art Show and Online Auction

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s art show activities! The Best in Show Award goes to Michael Kotarba, for his painting Currently on View and congratulations to Tom Ritchie for winning this year’s People’s Choice Award for his piece Check-In. (see both paintings below!). We hope to see you again next year!


Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Place is famous for the beauty of its exterior architecture. This fall, we invite you to virtually view—and bid on—some of its stateliest indoor spaces at the Mount Vernon Place Interiors Art Show. This mostly online event—an offshoot of the popular 2019 Mount Vernon Place Plein Air Art Show—will feature paintings by 12 artists. Their subjects will include the interiors of the Peabody Institute, the Walters Art Museum, Hotel Revival, and the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Scroll down to see the art! 

1) Online Auction – now live!

Bidding begins at 5pm on Friday, September 24th. Proceeds and donations will benefit Baltimore Heritage, the Garrett-Jacobs Endowment Fund, the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, and most importantly, the artists.

2) Virtual Auction Opening Event – Friday Sept. 24, 5-6 pm

The Engineers Club of Baltimore will be hosting a virtual reception on Friday, September 24 at 5pm. Guests are invited to join the event for an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and other guests, and preview the items up for auction. Please note, the site will not be accessible until the event begins.

3) In-Person Artwork Viewing Day – Sunday Oct. 3, 11 am to 3 pm

The artwork will be on display at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion on Sunday, October 3rd, from 11am-3pm. Bidders are invited to see the artwork in person by registering for a 20-minute session HERE. Awards for Best in Show and Viewer’s Choice will be announced on social media at 3pm, and the auction will close at 8pm.

Check out the Facebook page for updates! Or you can email heritage@esb.org, and we’ll notify you when bidding begins. Baltimore Heritage is pleased to co-host this event with the Garrett-Jacobs Endowment Fund, the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, and the Engineers Club.

Watch Over Us
by Lissa Abrams
oil on board, 16×20

 

The Evening Staircase
by Bruno Baran
oil on canvas, 18×24

 

Peabody Steps
by Ann Crostic
oil on linen panel, 20×16

 

Staircase
by Laurie DeMatteo
oil on canvas, 10×16

 

Art and Wonder
by Janice Kirsh
oil on linen, 20×16

 

Lights and Mirrors
by Kathleen Kotarba
oil on linen panel, 16×20

 

Currently on View (2021 Winner, “Best in Show”)
by Michael Kotarba
watercolor, 22×17

 

 

Grand Entrance, Walters Art Museum
by Lisa Mitchell
pastel, 20×16

 

Meditating in the Walters
by Crystal Moll
oil on canvas, 12×28

 

Check-In (2021 Winner, “People’s Choice Award”)
by Tom Ritchie
oil on linen, 16×20

 

Walters Museum Interior
by David Wiesand
acrylic on canvas, 16×20

 

A.M. Meditation
by Karen Winston-Levin
oil, 20×24

The Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund Is Open!

The third round of Baltimore City Historic Preservation Funding is open for applications. Applications are due August 6, 2021.

Baltimore Heritage, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland, and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, are proud to partner for the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund. Funds for the grant program are provided by the Baltimore Community Foundation. The fund’s goal is to provide direct assistance for capital and non-capital activities that advance efforts to preserve historically significant properties in the City of Baltimore.

A special focus of this initiative is to support projects that not only preserve structures but are also important to neighborhood identity and contribute to the revitalization of communities. In the first two rounds, the Baltimore Preservation Fund supported sixteen projects totaling $120,000 in grant awards.

Tax-exempt organizations performing work in the City of Baltimore are eligible to apply for recommended grant requests of $1,000-$10,000. Projects must take place in the City of Baltimore. Projects eligible for the competitive grant funds include, but are not limited to, rehabilitation work of historic materials, preparation of National Register nominations, educational, research, and planning efforts related to preservation efforts.

Please contact Jessica Feldt, Preservation Initiatives Manager at jfeldt@presmd.org with any questions.

Applications for the 2021 round are due August 6, 2021. To learn more, please visit the grant site here.