My Neighbors, Baltimore and Maryland need Governor-elect Larry Hogan to save the Red Line
As a Baltimore City homeowner, professional artist, millennial and pedestrian, I am expressing my unequivocal support for the Red Line as planned by the MTA. Governor-elect Larry Hogan must help our city achieve its fullest social and economic potential by making this long-planned transit project a reality.
I moved to Baltimore City in 2008 to go to MICA, and have since stayed, got a job teaching art, bought a house and joined an ever growing community that I love. With my student loans, I cannot afford to own a car, and therefore must walk, cycle and take transit within a certain radius of my home. I honestly could not have afforded to stay in Baltimore were it not for metro access to downtown and light rail access to BWI airport.
Building the Red Line will give our transit starved neighbors in East and West Baltimore, and the County access to jobs while also attracting new residents who are unable or prefer to not rely on the expenses of owning a car for work. The construction period is estimated to generate nearly 10,000 jobs and its completion is expected to create access to more than 200,000 jobs within the next 15 years.
The Red Line will not only serve East and West Baltimore, but also multiply the effectiveness of our regional rail transit network through integrated connections at key hubs. Such regional impact will also help the state as a whole by attracting environmentally friendly new urban development while preserving vital farmland across the state.
Great urban cities need great transit – just look at NYC, Boston, DC and even LA. The Red Line is no doubt expensive, but no more so than other similar rail transit projects around the country, such as Portland’s Milwaukie Light Rail line. For 12+ years the MTA has worked closely with residents along the Red Line corridor to plan this shared vision. People wanted trains on dedicated tracks, not buses on clogged roads. Changing the current plan by even a few feet will mean losing nearly $1 billion in secured federal funding. With Red Line planning this far along, and Baltimore City and County residents in need of transit access to jobs, we literally cannot afford to stop this train!
Building the Red Line is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve Baltimore and Maryland’s social and economic potential. For the elders who can’t drive, for the working families who need access to jobs, for preserving rural sustainability and for investing in the future strength what is not doubt The Greatest City in the Greatest State in America, Hogan must do what he can to build the Red Line.
I am excited to be participating in McDaniel College’s CreativeTime Summit 2014 satellite conference next Monday and Tuesday. Organized by the Art & Art History Department in collaboration with Global Initiatives, Political Science and Sociology Departments, and featuring Honors Students this two day event will feature video screenings from the Creative Time Summit followed by panel discussions with invited artists, faculty, and students. I will be participating on the Monday evening panel discussion, “Strategies of Community Engagement and Urban Inventions”. Details below!
On Monday November 17, 2014
12:30 – 2:30pm:
Video Screening: Creative Time 2014 Summit Panel: “Performing theCity”.
Faculty- led Student Discussions moderated by Dr. Linda Semu, Associate Professor of Urban Sociology. Interested McDaniel classes are invited to join in!
6:00 – 8:30pm
Video Screening: Saskia Sassen, keynote address. Creative Time 2014Summit Panel: “Activating Public Space.”
McDaniel College Panel: “Strategies of Community Engagement and Urban Inventions” moderated by Dr. Izabel Galliera, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art. Participants: Graham Coreil-Allen (Baltimore-based artist), Dr. Amy McNichols (Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Programs), Dr. Linda Semu (Associate Professor of Urban Sociology). Student Respondents: Nicole Ringel (Global Fellow and Honors Student), Betty Japinga (Art Major), Lauren Parks (Art Major),Steph Perez (Art Major and Honors Student).
On Tuesday November 18, 2014
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Video Screening: Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, keynote address. Creative Time 2014 Summit Panel: “Art in the Age of Surveillance.”
McDaniel College Panel: “The Citizen and The Surveillance State” moderated by Dr. Christianna Leahy, Professor of Comparative Politics, Chair, Department of Political Science and International Studies. Participants: John Anderson (Washington D.C. -based artist and Associate Professor at Prince Georges Community College), Hassan Elahi (Artist and Associate Professor, University of Maryland). Student Respondents: Kyle Cholakian (Political Science Major and Honors Student), Noelle Gorman (Honors Student), Mangie Moreno (Art and Communications Major), and Martin Scire (History Major).
HopXscotch Rivalry: A cross-hopping, street race for two!
HopXcotch Rivalry will be two extreme hopscotch courses crossing for one action packed, two person race. Inspired by the success of my Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore, I’m staging this new project to bring playful pedestrian action to the intersection of Charles and Lanvale Streets, in the middle of Artscape’s Field Day, coming up on July 18-20. Participants will start at competing ends of hopscotch paths and must jump fast while staying on track. The two 50’ long courses meet at the middle, presenting an opportunity for racers to bump each other off course. The easy-to-understand and play game will be enhanced with organized hopscotch tournaments at scheduled times throughout the Artscape weekend.
FIELD DAY is a collection of participatory games, activities, performances and competitions designed by artists, which will be free and open to the public during the 2014 Artscape. Seven installations will be featured along the Charles Street corridor; visitors to Artscape will be able to experience each “station” as simply a viewer or by competing against friends, the artist-organizer or gaining a “high score.”
Curated by: Michael Benevento, Jason Corace and Andrew Liang.
FIELD DAY is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA).
A cold winter of public art proposal writing means a hot summer of playful urban exploration! I am honored to announce that I am an inaugural recipient of a Rubys Artist Project Grant for my forthcoming participatory video tour series, SiteLines. In addition, I will be staging HopXcotch Rivalry as part of the Field Day program at the Artscape festival in Baltimore this July.
Situated within the invisible sites and overlooked features of our everyday urban environment, my ongoing New Public Sites project tests the boundaries of pedestrian agency, interprets the overlooked and banal, and investigates the negotiable nature of public space. SiteLines will be a translation of my radical walking tours and urban design research into sharable videos and a gallery installation. Feature dramatic shots of public space and pedestrian interactions therein, the videos will present a compelling portrait of Baltimore and its civic space potential. The entire SiteLines season will be be released on the New Public Sites YouTube channel on a periodic basis, then shown at a Baltimore gallery alongside “non-site” sculptures of found materials, an immersive map installation and large posters of poetic New Public Sites nomenclature. As a season of social video and multimedia installation, SiteLines will show local and online audiences how a practice of radical pedestrianism can reinvent invisible public space.
HopXscotch Rivalry: A cross-hopping, street race for two!
HopXcotch Rivalry will be two extreme hopscotch courses crossing for one action packed, two person race. Inspired by the success of my Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore, I’m staging this new project to bring playful pedestrian action to the middle of Artscape’s Field Day programing along Charles Street. Participants will start at competing ends of the yellow and teal hopscotch paths and must jump fast while staying on track. The two 50’ long courses meet at the middle, presenting an opportunity for racers to bump each other of course. The easy-to-understand and play game will be enhanced with organized hopscotch tournaments at scheduled times throughout the Artscape weekend.