Public Arts & Placemaking
EBDI is collaborating with local artists and the Eager Park community to bring vibrancy and cultural inclusion to the neighborhood. The core pillars of our Public Arts & Placemaking workgroup are: Celebration of Local History, Community and Social Justice.Download our one-page summary below!
New Eager Park Mural (2021)
As its first project, the Workgroup chose the highly visible north face of the former Elmer A. Henderson School, which faces the Amtrak line carrying millions of passengers annually. Working with the Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts, a Call for Artists was issued in October 2020 and received 19 responses. The Workgroup selected a local African-American artist, LaToya Peoples, to complete the project. The process for community engagement and design included several public virtual visioning sessions and Workgroup meetings from January 2021 through April 2021. Installation of the mural began in May 2021 and concluded in August 2021.
The mural gives reverent nods to the past while uplifting the present and providing a glimpse of the future. It conveys typical historic East Baltimore rowhome features, including bright marble stairs, a transom window, and the distinctive brick façade, with subtle themes throughout that uniquely connect back to East Baltimore.
Additionally, portraits of the following past, present, and future leaders appear in the mural:
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"In All Ways Human" Photovoice Project (2021)
Unveiled on the North Wolfe Street side of the former Elmer A. Henderson Elementary School, "In All Ways Human" is a photovoice and community engaged portrait project committed to spreading the simple and profound truth about Black boys, men, and families: We are always and in all ways, human.
Whether a toddler or a teenager, young adult or young at heart, Black boys, men, and the families that nurture them are deserving of dignity, safety, care, and opportunity. Opportunities to dream, to thrive, to make mistakes, to grow, to live, to heal, to experience joy, to love and be loved, to exist free of racial fear, and to be seen, respected and fully afforded the rights of a human being.
"In All Ways Human" is presented by the Centering Black Voices Research Lab at UNC Greensboro, Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC),Youth Opportunity Center (YO!) and visual artist and educator Zun Lee, MD, MBA.