The North Avenue Knowledge Exchange has been recommended for a $75,000 award to support an open-access educational platform developed in collaboration between Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse and Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.
Centered in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and open to all, the Knowledge Exchange will provide opportunities for neighborhood residents to learn from each other and engage in projects that improve the community through art, design and creativity.
Beginning in January 2017, the public will be invited to teach and enroll in free, high-quality, non-degree workshops. Participants will also connect with projects in Station North and Greenmount West that bridge their skills and knowledge with tangible benefits to neighborhoods.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program, this award to the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange is one of 64 awards totaling $4.3 million that support arts-based community development investment projects across the nation.
First piloted by MICA in February 2016, the Knowledge Exchange expands the framework developed by Baltimore Free School at Red Emma’s to provide equitable access to quality education. Partner organizations include Red Emma’s, Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc., Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Central Baltimore Partnership, Impact Hub Baltimore and the University of Baltimore.
For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town and Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website. The NEA’s online resource, Exploring Our Town, features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects, along with lessons learned and other resources.