Penn Ave is now a state-designated black arts & entertainment district
After over a year of tireless work by grassroots think tank Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Arch Social Club, the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, and the Upton Planning Committee, Baltimore has a new arts section called Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District . The area is located in West Baltimore and runs from Penn North to Upton.
In the area’s heyday, performance venues such as the Royal and Metropolitan theaters and social venues such as the Arch Social Club, Bamboo Lounge, Club Casino, and Club Tijuana hosted a who’s who of black entertainers, and black-owned businesses provided a stable community anchor and locus of commerce on Baltimore’s west side. Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts & Entertainment District organizers plan to coordinate efforts to support arts, culture, entertainment, and creative enterprise that is of the community, and work towards eliminating blight and crime, creating a renewed Pennsylvania Avenue that is alive with the arts.
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