Walking Tours Exploring Invisible Public Spaces in Baltimore and Beyond


New Public Sites walking tours explore the history, design and uses of overlooked public spaces. Through walking tours, maps and videos, Public Artist Graham Coreil-Allen pushes pedestrian agency, interprets aspects of the everyday and investigates the negotiable nature of the built environment. New Public Sites invites you to practice “radical pedestrianism” – traveling by foot through infinite sites of freedom while testing the limits of and redefining public space.

Ernest Shaw Sankofa mural

West Baltimore Murals & History by Bike

May 20, 2018, 9:30am-12pm
Meets at Zella’s Pizzeria
1145 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 United States
Tickets: $15 Baltimore Heritage members, $25 non-members

West Baltimore is full of public art and rich in history. Offered in partnership with Baltimore Heritage, this bicycle tour will explore a rich array of murals, as well as sites of transportation and communication innovation.

On the art side, Baltimore began a celebrated public mural program in the 1970s, including many in West Baltimore. We’ll cover murals on Viva House, a Catholic Workers refuge that has been serving the poor for over 50 years, as well as artwork through Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and Druid Heights that features uplifting works by Mary Carfagno Ferguson, Pontella Mason, Gary Mullen, and Ernest Shaw Jr.

On the history side, West Baltimore has transformed from farms and country estates into a set of primarily rowhouse neighborhoods that is intertwined with the city’s rich social, political, and creative heritage. It was also the location of two seminal events in the 19th century that helped shape world history. No only did Samuel Morse’s first long distance telegraph line start here, so did the first mile of railroad track.

The total distance is approximately 5 miles and we will ride at leisurely pace.

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Contact Public Artist & Tour Guide Graham Coreil-Allen for more info at graham@newpublicsites.org!

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