Construction starts on Open Works arts incubator

Posted at 12:53 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 12:53:38-04

On the outside, the building at 1400 Greenmount Avenue is cold and unassuming.  It's had several purposes over it's long lifetime including a mechanic shop and thrift store.  Now it is being turned into an $11 million arts incubator. 

Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) is going to start construction on September 22 to transform the warehouse into a creative space for local artists.  It will have workshops for wood and metal work, digital media and textiles.  Artists can rent studio space or rent out equipment at a low-cost.

"The arts world means jobs," said Will Holman, project coordinator for BARCO.  "We hope by providing affordable access to tools and space we can grow that piece of the economy even more."

BARCO hopes to have Open Works completed by fall of next year.

To learn more about the project, click here.