Baltimore's Mayor Welcomes Artists Who Can't Afford NYC or D.C.

Baltimore's Mayor Welcomes Artists Who Can't Afford NYC or D.C.Image courtesy of Rebecca Scott Lord.

Over the weekend, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake honored Virginia-based artist Gabriela Bulisova with the $30,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, which is recognized as the city's "most prestigious art award."

The Baltimore City Paper noted that D.C.-based artists dominated the pool of finalists for the award, even though it has christened itself as a distinctly Batlimore honor. The publication suggests that Rawlings-Blake is now aware of this, as she invited artists who can't—or can barely—afford to live in D.C. and New York to relocate to Baltimore. 

In her eyes, it's a win-win situation: Baltimore adds more talent to its burgeoning art scene and artists struggling to make ends meet will no longer be struggling artists in terms of both exposure and finances.

[via Baltimore City Paper]

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