6-8-11: The Arts of Pennsylvania Avenue
50 years ago, Pennsylvania Avenue was a hub of African American culture in Baltimore. People visited the Royal and Regent theaters, and hopped into spots like Ike Dixon’s Comedy Club and Gamby’s.
But by the early 70s, the Avenue was in decline, the Royal Theater was torn down, and many clubs shuttered their doors. In the last decade, though, there’s been a movement to bring the arts back to Pennsylvania Avenue, with the establishment of the Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail, and reviving the tradition of the Cadillac Parade.
One group that’s part of this movement is Jubilee Arts, a community program that provides art classes to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods. The group will be showcasing some of the work created by local artists on Wednesday, June 9, in an exhibit called “Reviving the Avenue Arts Legacy.” You can also check out their Facebook page.
Sheilah speaks with two of the artists who participate in Jubilee Arts, and also live in the community: Renee Lewis and Sabrina Ramos, along with the executive director of Jubilee Arts, Mariska Jordan.