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We're just checking in with you share some exciting and wonderful new happening with Le Mondo - the project creating an artist-owned multi-use community hub and experimental performance complex to Baltimore. Thanks to the amazing Baltimore community, Le Mondo has grown from the seeds of an ambitious dream among a group of artists into a blossoming reality on Howard Street. You've supported our endeavor since the beginning and we wanted to update you on our progress!

2014  - 2015

A collective of artists and arts groups submitted a proposal to the city of Baltimore for a set of buildings on the 400 block of Howard Street. Our goal: creating lasting and affordable space driven by artists for artists; building a critical mass of shared resources and energies; elevating and sustaining our experimental arts community.

We raised funds to buy the buildings from the city and were able to raise $50,000 to do so last year - thanks to almost 200 donors and a matching grant award! By the end of last year, we secured ownership of three historic buildings to realize our dreams of an artist-owned multi-use performance arts complex and community hub - one that championed bold new art and affordable space while  creating a new model for economic empowerment and community development in Baltimore.

This Year

We began work on our first venue, MONDO, at 404/406 North Howard Street. Our neighborhood has a rich history as Baltimore's commercial district - an area once full of theaters, restaurants, department stores, and retail. MONDO was originally built as a silent film house and vaudeville theater in 1916! We celebrated its birthday and got to work transforming it to its original arts use. Thanks to a team of industrious volunteers and enthusiastic Le Mondo members, MONDO is rounding the bend to be open seven days a week next year.

MONDO will be: a neighborhood bar and mid-sized performance venue for performance of all kinds - theater, music shows, dance, and more; meeting space; and artist studios for individual and small arts organizations.

MONDO wants you!

Looking for a Studio? MONDO is finishing out two studios ready for rental. Be our roommate! The Lil One is 115sq.ft. with shared facilities at $115/month and The Big One is 638 sq.ft. finished studio with private bathroom, separate entrance/exit, and slop sink. Three separate rooms, one with 22’ ceiling - Ideal for a small business or arts collective - at $638/month.
Want to Volunteer? We're hosting a volunteer painting party Sunday, November 20th from 10AM - 5PM. Tall walls are hard to paint by yourself! (Trust us.) We'll provide a bunch of snacks too.

More Great News


New additions to the family

Le Mondo was very lucky to bring on three new amazing team members this year including:

Rahne Alexander
Le Mondo Development Director
Rahne Alexander is a multimedia artist, musician, and performer. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country, and she is an alumna of the Experimental Television Center. Queer Interiors, Rahne’s collaborative multimedia installation with artist Jaimes Mayhew, was commissioned by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2016 and will be on display through August 2017. She is a former organizer for the Transmodern Festival and the Maryland Film Festival, where she served five years in charge of operations and development.

Amy Bonitz
Real Estate Consultant
Thanks to a grant from SURDNA and The Redevelopment Fund, Amy is providing her expertise to the overall development strategy, financing, and budgeting of Le Mondo. The purpose of the grant is to help artists and arts organizations with creative placemaking and arts related community revitalization projects. Recent projects completed include the Centre Theater film and non-profit hub, the Motor House arts hub and the Open Works maker space.

We were also fortunate to bring on Drew Swinburne to keep our books in order! [More of Le Mondo's team...]

Sexy (?) Le Mondo Press

New great support for Le Mondo in the press and all the awkward pictures you could ever want! Check it out:

Baltimore Magazine
Watch this Spot - Artist-Run Spaces that are Changing Baltimore's Art Scene

Baltimore Sun
A Cultural Hub Rising from Old Uniform City

Baltimore Style
For Art's Sake

It's also been a great year and a half for some of our participating artists in the project such as Rahne Alexander (Currently displaying work at the BMA!), Rosalind Cauthen (Recently appointed head of theater department at BSA!), Annex Theater (Best Company, Best Theater, Best Play in Baltimore), Psychic Readings (Best Play, Best Series, 2015/2016), and EMP Collective (Best Series, 2015).

Championing artist ownership in the neighborhood

We're also elated to announce that our neighbors Current Space, will now be artist-owners on the block as well! Embarking upon a similar RFP process this year, the artist-run space was awarded their building and an adjacent one from the city. With Le Mondo, Downtown Cultural Arts Center, and Current Space as artist-owners, almost half of our city block is now enlivened and driven by grassroots arts development and ownership!
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