I am a visual artist, and performer living and working in Baltimore, MD. I am also a member of The Annex Theatre company.
The Le Mondo Project is near and dear to my heart:
Le Mondo is an artist-driven and community-supported initiative to position Baltimore as a center for theatre and the live arts, nationally and internationally. Comprised of three buildings on Baltimore’s historic Howard Street (408-414 block) corridor, the project embraces a grassroots approach to development and champions a diverse community of arts organizations, individual artists, curators, and arts-lovers in the city.
What We Are Doing!
Upon completion, Le Mondo will provide a cultural hub with a robust mix of both daytime and nighttime activity: three flexible performance venues, rehearsal and shop facilities, and a cafe with 16,000 square feet of opportunity office, studio, and artist live/work opportunities on the second and third floors.
Why We Are Doing It!
Le Mondo addresses a growing need for truly affordable and sustainable space for artists and small arts organizations in Baltimore through artist-ownership and community-led development. The project creates a safe and enduring home for the appreciation and incubation of new, daring work in the city while bringing new life to a once-thriving corridor in the city. Le Mondo leads Baltimore into a new renaissance of live arts from the neighborhood’s rich history of vaudeville and theater houses, including the now-decimated Mayfair Theater.
Help Build Le Mondo!
Embracing an organic, grassroots approach to developing the project, Le Mondo will unfold in phases over five years. In order to begin to activate the space as soon as possible, the Le Mondo team is raising funds to stabilize all three buildings and occupy the first of the three planned performance spaces. Our first benchmark is raising $75,000 through an individual donor crowdsource campaign. This benchmark allows the team to gain site control of the three currently city-owned properties and kickstarts its needed renovations.
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