October 17, 2003
ITS GEOMETRIC shapes -- opaque white by day, translucent at night -- are strikingly enigmatic. There is no mystery, though, about the mission of the Maryland Institute College of Art's new $20 million glass edifice: It will enable students to stretch the limits of computer-created artistry. The Brown Center, dedicated today to Baltimore investment fund manager Eddie C. Brown and his wife, Sylvia, is worth celebrating because it represents far more than an educational advance in digital creativity.
July 17, 2004
Half of Baltimore seems to post for this weekend's Artscape on Mount Royal Avenue, that old boulevard of generous proportions made all the more tolerable by the temporary traffic ban. I prefer to remember this street before it was laced into the Jones Falls Expressway's web and made into something of a minifreeway. I also miss the double line of sycamore trees, but there's a bumpy section or two of the original brick sidewalks with crabgrass sprouting through the cracks. As you can guess, I am not a big fan of the automobile in the city.
October 6, 2008
University of Baltimore and Maryland Institute College of Art officials are focusing attention and money on the areas adjacent to Baltimore's Penn Station with a goal of wresting a more attractive and recognizable neighborhood from parking lots and random, underused spaces. They have identified a spine along Mount Royal Avenue, from North Avenue to Calvert Street, as a unifying corridor the two educational institutions can enhance. They are thinking beyond trees and new curbs to apartments and shops, a joint student-community recreation center and, in their distant dreams, a soccer field above the Jones Falls Expressway.
January 5, 1996
The state Board of Public Works has approved the last piece of funding for Maryland Institute College of Art to renovate the old AAA and Fox buildings at the art school's Mount Royal campus.The board on Wednesday approved $575,882 for conversion of the two buildings to academic use. The money is part of a $2.1 million state matching grant that complements money the institute raised on its own, according to paperwork the state Department of General Services gave the board before the vote.Henry H. Lewis Contractors Inc. of Owings Mills has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to do most of the renovation work.
March 30, 1993
Angered by plans to shift a handful of students out of Mount Royal Elementary-Middle School this September, parents, teachers and students protested last night to Baltimore City Council President Mary Pat Clarke.Their target: a citywide rezoning plan they say effectively locks out middle school students who don't live in Mount Royal's proposed new middle school boundaries.The proposed rezoning plan, the first in nearly 20 years, could come up for a vote at the city school board's meeting Thursday.
July 19, 1991
Late July. Traditionally the hottest two weeks of the year, and always a little bit hotter in the city. So how on earth are you going to make it through them?A visit to Artscape may be just the ticket.Baltimore's 10th annual festival of the arts kicks off today at 6 p.m. when the visual arts exhibitions, crafts, literary arts and cultural resource tents open up along Mount Royal Avenue, beginning three days of continuous free entertainment.Tradition is tradition, so you can expect this weekend's temperatures to hover in the mid-90s, and there's a chance of some rain later today.