Reinvestment Fund has been actively targeting arts investments in Central Baltimore, which is also home to the Station North Arts and Culture District. Among our recent projects is the Centre Theater. After nearly a decade of vacancy, the Theater was renovated to house a joint film program by Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institution College of Art as well as office space.Read Story
Philadelphia, November 29th —This Giving Tuesday, Reinvestment Fund is pleased to announce our inaugural Community Champion Award, a $15,000 grant to CASA Philadelphia. The award is part of the Reinvestment Fund’s Employee Giving Program, which launched this year.
Annually, Reinvestment Fund employees are invited to nominate eligible organizations for Community Champion Awards. Nominations are reviewed by a staff award committee, whose recommendations are then approved by the Reinvestment Fund’s Community Advisory Board.
Reinvestment Fund has long supported economic equality through its work, including expanding access to quality education for thousands of children by investing in education facilities across the country. Sadly, the most vulnerable children in our communities, like those in foster care, need further intervention to be able to walk through those doors of opportunity.Read More
In Baltimore, Reinvestment Fund is developing a strategy to target investment in the arts to low-income communities in Central Baltimore, where it can catalyze and build on other complementary efforts. For one year, our Creative Placemaking Fellow, Rebecca Chan, was charged with the task of developing best practices for financing the arts in distressed neighborhoods in ways that build community among both new and existing residents. The following is the final in a four-part series on her work. Parts 1 and 2 spotlighted the artists and artist-driven activity that is happening in and around Baltimore, as well as the physical spaces and neighborhoods in which this activity thrives. Part 3 looks at ways in which shifts in policies and programs might help move the needle on arts-based development. In this fourth part, we hone in on strategies for investing in the physical spaces–arts and cultural infrastructure–that serve as sites for arts and cultural activity, and ideally build on and complement broader community development efforts in a neighborhood.