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New York Times Writes About Baltimore's Arts District Debate

Article says MICA students want to stay in the city after graduation

Posted 05.19.10 by mica communications

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On May 19, The New York Times published an article weighing in on the pros and cons of establishing an arts district, namely a third designated arts district in Baltimore, along North Eutaw Street just blocks from Camden Yards and about a mile away from the MICA campus.

J. Buck Jabaily, the director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, told the Times that many graduates of MICA would like to stay in Baltimore after they graduate. And while the tax incentives might not matter to young artists just starting out, he said, "for people who want to move from underground to above ground, these incentives do make a difference."

According to the Times' report, Maryland already has 18 state-approved arts districts, including two in Baltimore. The benefits of having an "official" district is that developers receive property tax reductions for building or renovating arts-related properties, and artists are exempt from Maryland income tax for work created in the district.

The New York Times article was a follow up to one written by The Baltimore Sun the previous week (click here to read it).