School 33 Art Center


2017 Baltimore Open Studio Tour

10/07/2017 - 10/08/2017

Join us for the 29th Anniversary of School 33 Art Center’s Baltimore Open Studio Tour, presented by Bank of America and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts!

Open Studio Tour is an annual city-wide event that for almost 30 years has brought together professional artists and the general public. Each year, collectors and art lovers have the opportunity visit artists in their studios, see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes.

On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, visit the studios of more than 100 artists located throughout Baltimore City to view and purchase their original works of art, including paintings, sculptures and photographs during this self-guided tour.


And don't miss the 2017 Community Spotlight Kick-Off at the Youth Resiliency Institute in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood!

On Friday, October 6 attendees are invited to meet artists of all ages living or working in South Baltimore’s historic Cherry Hill community, see their work and 1) learn about how Cherry Hill artists participating in Youth Resiliency Institute arts programming use their art to advocate for greater access and funding for arts programming in South Baltimore and 2) use collective art making experiences as an opportunity to heal from structural violence as well as trauma resulting from loss of loved ones in Baltimore City.

Cherry Hill artists participating in the reception will include Dallas the Dollmaker (Doll Making), The Singletary Family (Painting), Tommy Bethea (Collagist), Adote Akewi (Author/Poet), Cherry Hill Senior Manor Elders (Painting), Cherry Hill Youth Arts Collective (Sculpture), Shirley Foulks (Poetry), Abu The Flutemaker (Instrument maker/musician), Fanon Hill (Filmmaker/music producer), and Navasha Daya (Singer/Songwriter).

The artists’ work will be activated through the construction of a Cherry Hill Mbari House. Mbari is a visual art form practiced bythe Igbo people in southeast Nigeria. Mbari houses are large open-sided square planned shelters that celebrate creativity and members of the village (community) no longer with us. According to Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, "Mbari was a celebration of the world and of life lived in it." The Cherry Hill Mbari House will celebrate the life of murdered Cherry Hill youth artist Angelo Dangerfield. As a young Black artist living in Cherry Hill, Angelo worked to secure artistic consciousness around the recognition of identity, cultural memory and place.

Event attendees will be able to enter into the Cherry Hill Mbari House, experience Angelo’s art, enjoy art made by Cherry Hill artists celebrating Angelo’s life, and watch a film clip focusing on Angelo's legacy taken from the lauded documentary Lom Nava Love. Centered on the work of community organizer Shirley Foulks and directed by Youth Resiliency Institute co-founder Fanon Hill, Lom Nava Love documents Foulks’ engagement with children, youth and families living in Cherry Hill and how she uses art to communicate the abilities, strengths and power to effect change that Black families innately possess.

Immediately following the reception, there will be a cross-generational panel discussion focused on the intersection of community self-determination and the arts in the Cherry Hill community. The panel discussion will be moderated by Youth Resiliency Institute executive director Fanon Hill.

Music for the reception will be provided by Youth Resiliency Institute master artist-in-residence Abu The Flutemaker.

Event attendees will be treated to a sampling of West African cuisine and other light refreshments.