City loses bid for arts and entertainment study funds

April 09, 2010

Baltimore was not one of the cities invited to compete for a federal grant that would have helped it explore the feasibility of creating an arts and entertainment district on the west side of downtown, but local arts leaders say they hope to find alternative funds to continue their study. The matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts would have given Baltimore up to $250,000 to determine whether to create the arts district and to evaluate the success of existing arts districts in Station North and Highlandtown. NEA officials received more than 200 letters of interest in competing for the NEA funds, and chose approximately 15 cities or organizations as finalists. Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake has said one of her development priorities is revitalizing the west side of downtown by creating stronger links between its "arts, entertainment and sports assets."

- Edward Gunts

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