Month: March 2014

Collaboration with Marc Steiner and the Center for Emerging Media

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.03.19 PMThe Mapping Baybrook project (ART 390 & AMST 422/680) and the Mill Stories project (MCS 370 & AMST 403) are working with Marc Steiner and the Center for Emerging Media during the spring 2014 semester. We will all be working together on a radio series focused on stories of deindustrialization in the Baltimore region, specifically Baybrook and the Sparrows Point communities. The week-long series will air during the Marc Steiner show (WEAA 88.9) from Monday, May 12 until Friday, May 16 and have accompanying visual/video components. The series will focus on the following themes (1) The Power of History (2) Resistance & Revitalization  (3) Art & Culture (4) Futures.

We want to build bridges and see patterns/connections between the two places/projects and focus on amplifying the stories and visions of what the residents and communities think they deserve. We will be using the power of media to understand historical forces and to critically explore today’s important stories—specifically, the stories of post-industrial places in Baltimore. 

Students who missed Steiner’s talk at UMBC (Monday, March 10), please check out this introductory video and the audio or video (your choice) from Steiner’s lecture at UMBC (audio on Jonni’s (ART 390) blog OR the full video here) and write your own blog post reflecting on the lecture (due Tuesday, March 25) and any ideas you have for the radio series and accompanying media. We certainly want to include a piece on the Filbert Street Garden and the importance of our fundraiser on May 18.

When students in the UMBC courses met with Marc before spring break (Friday, March 14 at Tavern on the Hill) we started to come up with ideas. Our central questions were: How do we make connections between these two different industrial communities? How do we bring people together to share stories?

Students discussed including material culture and momentos  from the communities, focusing on family stories to generate collective memory, and giving cameras to residents to represent their own communities. It is also important to include the voices of the youth because their opinions matter, especially for the futures of the communities. While it is important to reflect on how knowledge is passed down by generations within the community, we also need to consider how things change and the views of “outsiders.” How do we best connect to a place as “outsiders”? How are representations reflected inside and outside of a community through the process of developing the identity of a place? We also need to explore how various flows of immigrants and migrants to these communities have changed and continue to change their identities. We also discussed how the culture of work is like another family in certain industries where workers find not only their livelihood but also their cultures and identities within their jobs.

We are all going to get together again in the IRC classroom (ITE 109) on Friday, April 4 at noon, to start to plan the programming for the radio series.

Fun with Sanborn Maps

Bb sanbornGo to the Pratt Library main page.

Search (upper right hand corner) sanborn maps.

Click on Sanborn Maps (Digital) – Maryland – Enoch Pratt Free Library

Enter your public library card number to login.

CLICK HERE to enter.

Under Select a State: Maryland.

Select a City: Baltimore [Baltimore Co.]

Select a date: 1928-1936

Select a volume: Vol. 5A 1936

Click on Key, Sheet Oa (click on download map at top = big map for context, you will have to zone and find your spot on the map) Sanborn 1936 general

Spots of interest:

516 Masonville

520 Filbert Street Garden

535 Fairfield

541/542 Wagner’s Point

545 Sledd’s Point

546 Hawkins Point (community)

Look around in 1914-1953 as well under 5A

We have a place, we have a date: Please save the date

Save the Date:


Green Gala: Fundraiser for the Filbert Street Garden in Curtis Bay

The evening of Sunday March 18 at 2640

2640 St. Paul Street – Baltimore, MD


History (programming/products): Katie, Brendan, Calvin, JJ, Dustin (videographer)

Event Planning: Rita, Bonnie, Mercedes, Conor, Cody, Katelyn

Outreach/Promotions: Kurtis, Dorothy, Dennis, Chris, D’Arcy


Image: Katie Hern

Image: Katie Hern

Sunday’s Visit to 2640

Students: Katie, Rachel, Cody, Kurtis

Conor, Dorothy, MAYBE: Rita, Brendan, Calvin

Please let people know if you sign up for something and cannot make it.

Craft Fair at UMBC – Wednesday, March 5 from 11am-2pm

Crowd Funding – Indie Gogo


T-shirts: 200 (black or dark green w white ink)

The suggested donation is $10-15

You can pre-order at the Craft Fair

We are still waiting on the final design from the ART students.

TODAY: Tuesday, March 4

–       Brief discussion of 2640 space.

–       Brief discussion of Craft Fair.

–       Any other updates.

–       STUDENT PANEL… past AMST 422 students return to give advice and answer questions.