An open city is a place where everyone feels welcome, regardless of such things as wealth, race, or religion. In every neighborhood of an open city, one feels like he or she belongs. Although an ideal for many, open cities are rare: too often, housing discrimination, inadequate public transportation, and the privatization of public space separate people and create an uneven distribution of opportunity.

An initiative of Maryland Institute College of Art’s Exhibition Development Seminar, Baltimore: Open City brings together students, scholars, activists, community-based organizations, local artists, and artist-in-residence Damon Rich to create a series of installations, workshops, and other public programs that investigate the ways in which Baltimore is and is not an open city. We welcome our neighbors to join us in exploring what a more “open” city might look and feel like.

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