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]