N Curley Street: All Ages Block Party is Awesome!

Ashley and Donyae, our CFAA team members, partnered with a Patterson Park Neighborhood Association member, Tressa Carter, to lead an intergenerational and inclusive block project on the unit block of N Curley Street. CFAA supplemented block project funds by Banner Neighborhoods and SECDC. Creative Alliance provided an interpreter, Rose Lopez of Latino Provider’s Network. Four Spanish speaking families on the block and five adults over the age of 55 participated. Neighbors between 1 thru 84 years old led an activity! The photograph (below) captures all of the leaders, those who cooked on the grill, planted the flower pots, and participated in the kids chalk-drawing contest. The winner’s drawing was replicated by artist Derek Pulse, beautifying the block permanently with an important message in English and Spanish.

Photo by Darin Hughes

Older Adults are Active in Greater Highlandtown!

Older adults are leading a screen painting project at the John Booth Senior Center, painting beautiful scenes of famous Baltimorean sites such as the Pagoda, and harbor east docks on local resident and business’ screens! The painted screens will be proudly displayed along the 300 blocks of Gough and Eaton Street and we invite you to take a tour of the finished screens in April! Also, CFAA has begun preparation for a series of Highlandtown activities focused upon community revival, and fostering friendships between older adults and community members. These activities will take place at the gymnasium of Our Lady of Pompeii on Claremont Street. Festivities begin with a “Night Out in Hollywood,” featuring Baltimorean classics such as “Avalon” and other Barry Levison films. Sample savory treats, strut your stuff on the red carpet and soak up all the glitz and glam of old Hollywood! Big things are happening in Highlandtown, and we invite you to attend!

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Volunteers Break Dance!

Held at the end of the year, an appreciation party was celebrated for all team members and those who have volunteered throughout the year totaling to 522 hours!  We held this at an exceptionally great entertainment venue, the Creative Alliance, and featured food and dance that exposed our team to new cultures outside our own. Thai food from the neighborhood and the Johns Hopkins Bboys dance troupe were a huge hit! We further bonded as a team as we learned a few dance moves together and casually and made art as a group printing the first batch of CFAA t-shirts, a creative and lasting reminder of our work together this year.

Photo by Baltimore Community Foundation

2nd Annual Art Cart Derby a success? Yes!

On Oct 6, the streets of Highlandtown came to life with a celebration of speed, art, music and community during the Second annual All Ages Art Cart Derby. The Art Cart Derby involved teams racing their own gravity-powered art carts down Gough Street in the hopes of winning prizes in the categories of Fastest Cart, Coolest Cart Concept, Youngest-Oldest Art Cart Team and People’s Choice. The Derby featured live music from Friendship Academy teens, local art demonstrations, neighborhood food and drink from the Friends of Patterson Parks’ Consejo and Clementine at the Patterson, and lots of amazing derby carts doubling entries from last year! Over 250 people attended the Derby and enjoyed the type of arts and culture that only Patterson Park and Highlandtown can provide!

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