Tour Dem Parks, Hon is Baltimore’s premier annual recreational bike ride! The 15th annual Tour is Sunday, June 11, 2017. Choose from 4 routes (between 5 and 35 miles) for a close-up view of Baltimore's parks and neighborhoods. Each ride is different, and the longest includes Carroll, Patterson, Clifton, Druid Hill, and some quietly tucked away gems.
Come out for the closing reception of Everyday Utopias at Pool No. 2 in Druid Hill Park! The reception features a performance by Fluid Movement at 5:00 pm; an artist talk and poolside discussion at 6:00 pm and a film projection of photos from Henry Phillips, Sr. narrated by Irv Phillips, Jr. beginning at 7:45 pm.
Pool No. 2 (1921-1956) operated as a segregated pool in the historically black section of Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. From the initial campaign to construct the city’s first public pool for black people to the resolute activism that led to its eventual closure, Pool No. 2 reflects the quotidian pragmatism of an “everyday utopia”—a term coined specifically to define those creative practices that we engage in daily to find new and better ways to improve our lives and the world around us.
Everyday Utopias invites viewers to consider the promise of both real and imagined aspects of civic participation as they navigate their way through physical structures and spiritual spaces of the pool’s remains. Pool No.2 was a local flashpoint for the discourse on race that was happening nationally in American society during the mid-1950s and is a physical reminder that the failures and struggles of our efforts at civic repair are just as important as the successes.
Sheena M. Morrison, MFA Candidate in MICA’s Curatorial Practice Program, brings together eleven contemporary artists who respond to the palpable history of Pool No. 2 with imaginative wit, humor, and compassion. Artists in the exhibition: Billy Colbert, Sutton Demlong, Andrew Keiper, Fluid Movement, Tiffany Jones, Lauren R. Lyde, Antonio McAfee, Kameelah Rasheed, Edward-Victor Sanchez, Michael Trueblood and MacArthur Genius Fellow Joyce J. Scott.
Please join Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) MFA program in Curatorial Practice and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for the opening reception of Everyday Utopias, a public art installation at Pool No. 2 in Druid Hill Park. Everyday Utopias invites viewers to consider the promise of both real and imagined aspects of civic participation as they navigate their way through physical structures and spiritual spaces of the pool’s remains.
Start a tradition on News Year's Day by starting the year off on the right foot, left foot or any foot -- join the Friends of Druid Hill Park on our Annual First Day Hike in Druid Hill Park! Connecting with the outdoors brings a sense of rejuvenation that's especially appropriate on New Year's Day and Druid Hill Park is the perfect place for that experience. This walk will be roughly a 6-mile loop on paved surfaces with several steep hills.
Using historic photos and vintage Zoo maps, this tour will chart the history of the Maryland Zoo from its inception in 1876 as a series of small animal exhibits inside of Druid Hill Park to a major urban cultural institution.