Mt. Vernon Cultural District
The cultural riches of the Mt. Vernon Cultural District are scattered throughout one of the most beautiful urban areas in the nation. George Washington benignly surveys the neighborhood from atop a 178-foot high marble pillar, the first monument to him in the nation (ca. 1815), the centerpiece of Mt. Vernon Place. Four elegant European style parks, filled with statuary, fountains and flowers, flank the monument. In turn, they are surrounded by beautiful 19th Century townhouses. Mt. Vernon has always been, and continues to be today, a very diverse community, home to all classes, races, and nationalities. For more information about the Mt. Vernon Cultural District, visit www.mvcd.org
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org
The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed substantially by two men, William and Henry Walters, and eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore. The collection presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street, 410-396-5430, www.epfl.net
Situated directly across the street from the Basilica, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. In January of 1882, Mr. Enoch Pratt offered a gift to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore of a Central library, four branch libraries, and an endowment of $833,333.33. "My library," said Mr. Pratt, "shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who, when properly accredited, can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them." This central library, which opened in 1886, was located on Mulberry Street. The Cathedral Street building opened in 1933. The Pratt’s Mission: To provide equal access to information and services that support, empower, and enrich all who pursue knowledge, education, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning.
Peabody Institute and George Peabody Library
1 East Mt. Vernon Place, 410-659-8100, www.peabody.jhu.edu
The Peabody Institute was America’s first music academy, and founded in 1857 by George Peabody, who is considered by many to be America’s first philanthropist. As part of one of the nation’s leading universities, Johns Hopkins, the Peabody Institute trains musicians and dancers of every level, from small children to seasoned professionals, and dedicated amateurs to winners of international awards. Each year, Peabody stages more than 150 major concerts and performances, ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz, many of them free. As a testament to the vision of Mr. Peabody, the Institute will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2007. The George Peabody Library is a remarkable research library housed in an outstanding building that is a showcase of 19th Century architecture. Dating from the founding of the Peabody Institute, over 300,000 volumes are housed, largely from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral Street, 410-396-1185, www.bsfa.org
The BSA is a national leader in preparing high school students for careers in the arts. BSA provides qualified students with intensive training in one of four disciplines: the visual arts, music, theatre, or dance. A further mission of the school is to serve as an arts resource to the Baltimore community by offering performances, educational workshops, and extensive after-school training in the arts to Baltimore.
700 North Calvert Street, 410-332-0033, www.centerstage.org
Baltimore’s leading professional producing theater company for over forty years, is considered a pioneer in America’s regional theater movement. Smart, bold interpretations of both classic and contemporary plays, combined with exceptional production values, have earned a reputation for both innovation and excellence as well as the following of a loyal audience. Artistry – in service both to artists and the audience – is CENTERSTAGE’s top priority.
The Contemporary Museum
100 West Centre Street, 410-783-5720, www.contemporary.org
The Contemporary uses the art of our time as an educational tool and a catalyst for progressive social change in Baltimore and the surrounding region. Dedicated to producing and presenting new art and exhibitions immediately relevant to local audiences, the museum brings together artists, critics, curators, and theorists of international stature and facilitates their collaboration on projects designed to address pressing needs and concerns of common interest.
The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 North Howard Street, 410-225-3130, www.eubieblake.org
This unique site promotes the unique history and continuing legacy of African-American Art and culture in the City of Baltimore. Through exhibitions, programming, and educational activities, low and moderate-income residents have the opportunity to participate in the arts and culture. A special focus is made on extending the work of the Institute to encourage young people to participate and learn the discipline of the arts.
The Garrett Jacobs Mansion and Engineers' Club
11 West Mt. Vernon Place, 410-539-6914, www.garrettjacobsmansion.org
Located on West Mt. Vernon Place, the Mansion is a jewel in the crown of Baltimore’s most distinctive historic homes. A unique example of a building that combines the work of two of America’s most distinguished and influential architects: Stanford White and John Russell Pope, the mansion epitomizes nineteenth century Golden Age elegance and grandeur.
The Maryland Humanities Council
108 West Centre Street, 410-685-0095, www.mdhc.org
The MD Humanities Council is a non-profit educational organization that stimulates and promotes informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. The Council encourages public dialogue that interprets the human experience, promotes cross-cultural understanding, explores human values, strengthens our community, and connects us to the wider world. The public humanities programs, both staff-initiated and grant-supported, help provide a bridge between the academic community and the general public.