ProjectSPACE Launches in Mount Vernon

November, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 5

This month’s feature article comes from our friends at Baltimore Parking Authority

FACT: 1/3 of cars in traffic have reached their destination, but are looking for parking.

parking meter

You’ve been there before while driving around Baltimore City. This October, the Parking Authority of Baltimore (PABC) made more space with the launch of its successful ProjectSPACE initiative in Mount Vernon, in the area bordered by Mt. Royal Avenue (North), Guilford Avenue (East), Franklin Street (South), and Howard Street (West.

As part of ProjectSPACE, the Parking Authority has reserved on-street parking spaces for vehicles displaying disability placards or tags. Each space is equipped with a single-space parking meter that meets the newest Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. Additionally, the card readers and coin drops of multi-space EZ Park meters throughout Mount Vernon have been lowered to meet the most-current ADA standards. The meters provide people with disabilities equal access to on-street metered parking. Meters that meet the ADA standards are marked with the universal accessibility logo. Payment is now required with the launch of Phase 4 at all accessible meters. The cost to park is the same for everyone, including those using a disability placard or tags. As in previously launched Phases 1, 2, and 3 all time limits for on-street parking spaces within the area have been increased to four hours to give people with disabilities additional time to get to and from their destination.

Project Space

ProjectSPACE first launched in 2014 in partnership with the Mayor ‘s Office on Disabilities to help ease Baltimore ‘s parking problem by increasing the availability of parking for those with a disability and decreasing disability placard thefts.

Before ProjectSPACE launched, it was extremely difficult to find available on-street parking Downtown. The city’s policy of allowing free parking to vehicles displaying disability placards proved too te mpting for some without disabilities to resist, leading to the widespread theft and abuse of these placards. By removing the free parking associated with disability placards and license plates, the incentive to steal and abuse them was eliminated. This has freed up hundreds of on-street metered parking spaces in the areas where ProjectSPACE has launched — the Central Business District (Phase 1), the Fells Point and Harbor East neighborhoods (Phase 2), the Federal Hill neighborhood (Phase 3 ), and now Mount Vernon (Phase 4).

The Parking Authority of Baltimore is optimistic that phase 4 will leave a positive impact on the Mount Vernon community while supporting all residents and those visiting Baltimore!

To learn more about ProjectSPACE, visit the Parking Authority of Baltimore’s website.

Upcoming Events in Mount Vernon

Baltimore School For the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker


December 1 at

December 2 at &

December 8 at

December 9 at &

Come away to a magical land of sugar plums, flowers, and dew drops this holiday season. This annual favorite is a community affair, starring our high school students, TWIGS, and individuals from the Greater Baltimore area.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

Mozarts Requiem

Mozart’s Requiem


November 30 at

The power and mystery of Mozart’s final masterpiece has inspired audiences for centuries. Experience the Requiem and the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Berceuse Infinie. Maestra Marin Alsop has praised Rouse’s work as “relevant, visceral, moving and thrilling – music that can change people, music that makes time stop.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website

Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare In Love


October 19 thru November 26

“Shall I compare thee to a something something… mummers play?” And so begins one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, and this charming story of love, inspiration, muses, and art, based on the Oscar-winning film. This smart and poignant tale offers a smattering of allusions that will delight anyone familiar with the Bard-or simply the English language. This story is as crowd-pleasing as mistaken identities, a shipwreck, and love triumphant, and is set in a time when a Londoner could still utter the words: “Shakespeare? Never heard of him.” A bawdy tale of love contains some mature themes and sexual situations making this more suitable for audiences from middle school and beyond.

“A big-hearted hit.” – Variety

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Lookingglass AliceLookingglass Alice


November 30 thru December 31

This contemporary retelling puts a fresh, modern twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Alice falls through the looking glass and finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. She encounters the familiar and fantastical in this world of curiosity and wonder, coming face to face with wild characters, and obstacles and oddities. This whimsical journey inspired by the imagination of Lewis Carroll is appropriate for theatergoers of all ages (ages 6 and up are welcome into the theater).

“Joyous and smart, playful and wise.” -Chicago Tribune

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website

popscope logo

#Popscope Public Astronomy Night


November 21 at 5:30 pm

More dates thru December 12

#Popscope is an urban movement that aims to reconnect diverse communities to the night sky and to each other by hosting free, “pop-up” telescope astronomy nights in public spaces.

For more information, click here.


Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | 410-685-3750 | Website

Kohl exhibit

Satellite Joseph Kohl Photography Exhibit


November 17 at 7 pm

The Windup Space

Join us for a night of photography, music and drinks at the Windup Space for a satellite exhibition of dozens of Joseph Kohl photographs from the Maryland Historical Society’s exhibit Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl, showing throughout the month of November. The photographs exhiibited wil not be on view at MdHS, and can only be viewed at the Windup Space at 12 North Avenue. This is a free event. Light refreshments, cash bar. 4 Hours of Funk dance party to follow.

In November 2017 the Maryland Historical Society will open Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl, a show that celebrates the life and work of the titular photojournalist and fine art photographer whose life was cut short by leukemia in 2002. The curatorial team consists of MdHS curator of films and photographs, Joe Tropea, City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano, Washington Post contributing photographer Josh Sisk, and renowned photographer and close personal friend of Kohl, Linda Day Clark. The show will present Kohl’s work as a shooter for the likes of Baltimore Business Journal, News American, City Paper, Afro-American, Village Voice, Catholic Review, and Easy Rider, to name just a few and also include his more private fine art photography. The exhibit includes work made from c.1980 through 2002. There will be a concurrent satellite show hanging at the Windup Space (12 North Avenue).

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, click here.

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place | 410-234-4500 | Website

Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love


November 17 at 7:30 pm

Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

One of Donizetti’s most beloved scores, this charming comedy of a young man’s pursuit of love will be re-imagined on a college campus in the 1960s.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, click here.


Cliff Colnot

Peabody Modern Orchestra



November 30 at 7:30 pm

Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

This is a FREE event, but registration is required.

For more information, or to register, click here.




Carrion-Miles to Purgatory


December 8 at 8 pm

Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Featuring the FLUX Quartet. Join us at 6:00 pm in the George Peabody Library for a discussion with Kay Redfield Jamison about Mood Disorders and Creativity.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, click here.


Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | 410-752-1225 | Website

Jason Dottley

Jason Dottley’s Life on the Gay-List 2


December 1 at 8 pm

Jason Dottley’s life on the gay-list has taken him around the globe! From Angela Bassett’s bathtub, to starring alongside a Pink Lady (Olivia Newton-John) a Golden Girl (Rue McClanahan) and a Designing Woman (Delta Burke), a twitter feud with Roseanne Barr, on air at Joe Francis’ Beverly Hills compound, he was even saved to Christ by Tammy Faye Baker (there’s video). Jason Dottley’s “Life on the Gay-List 2: All the Sordid Details” is a very candid look at his life as a gay, divorced, 30-something whose longest relationship is with his dog (10 years if you’re curious and/or jealous).

VIP Tickets: A 6 pm Meet & Greet with Jason Dottley, before the performance. Limited to 30 guests and includes a lite reception and advanced seating. Be sure to select the VIP when ordering.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | 410-547-9000 | Website

Faberge egg detail

Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy


November 12, 2017 thru June 24, 2018

Fabergé eggs, some of the most exquisite and innovative objects ever created, continue to fascinate with their beauty and complexity. These royal treasures were designed by Peter Carl Fabergé, jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian imperial court, and made by his team of skilled craftsmen.

This dazzling exhibition features 70 works including the Walters’ two famed Fabergé Easter eggs, alongside a stunning array of gold and silver vessels, intricate enamels, luxurious jewelry, carved stones, and icons that illuminate the beauty, technical sophistication, and artistry of Russian crafts.

For more information, click here.

Like Our New Look?

This month, we are pleased to introduce a new look to your Mount Vernon Cultural District newsletter issues – we’ve moved over to a new, mobile-friendly email template, which will make reading even easier on your smartphone. Let me know what you think about it!

Building a new email template is just one of several exciting new changes we have in store for you in the coming weeks. I’m most excited to introduce you to a dynamic new, neighborhood-focused Board of Directors! So look for all these details in the next issue of your Mount Vernon Cultural District newsletter, and stay tuned!

We thank you for supporting your Mount Vernon community.

Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family,

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District


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