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Author Richard Layman Hamburg has been an international city for centuries, operating as an inland port (The Port of Hamburg), providing protected access to the North and Baltic Sea–serving as Europe’s ‘door to the world.’ Maritime activities are the foundation of the city’s success.   Hamburg is Europe’s second most active trading port, with an active...

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I got involved with the Europe in Baltimore project on the writing end because my previous writings on culture-based revitalization (especially “Arts, culture districts, and revitalization“) came to the attention of some of those involved with the European Union National Institutes of Culture Washington Cluster (EUNIC-DC), the sponsors of the project, and it helps that I...

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The Washington cluster of EUNIC (European Network of Independent Cultural Institutes) and European Embassies are cooperating with the City of Baltimore on Creative Placemaking. The cooperation will culminate in a symposium that takes place on May 30-31. The symposium will include participation from European and American colleagues who are equally experienced in this field and...

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Author: Richard Layman Located on the Thermaikos Gulf which opens out to the Aegean Sea, Thessaloniki is a major port and transportation hub and industrial center serving Greece and Southeastern Europe. Located about 320 miles north of Athens, the capital city, it’s Greece’s second largest city and the capital of the province of Macedonia.  In...

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Helsinki: New Horizons

May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Embassy of Finland, Morgan State University and the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) present the U.S. premier of Helsinki: New Horizons, a traveling exhibition created by the City Planning Department of Helsinki. As the Finnish capital is going through a major process of renewal, former industrial and harbor areas are...

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Author: Richard Layman The PACA region is in France’s southeast, located on the Mediterranean Sea, separated from Italy by the Alps Mountains. In 2013, Marseille-Provence in France and the City of Košice, Slovakia, served as the 2013 Capitals of Culture in the EU program (ECoC = European Capital of Culture).  This piece focuses on the...

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A new non-profit association is seeking to conduct “public discourse on socially oriented art” in a different way: in the spirit of an art of and for civil society and with the goal of a European cultural promotion policy put into practice, the “New Patrons” programme now stands for a “non-national cultural policy from below.”...

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As the TRANSIT residency dates move closer, the districts and their selected artists are busy preparing to deliver a successful residency. Typically, a successful collaboration requires a lot of communication and it is hard to do so when there is, say, the Atlantic Ocean between you and your collaborators. So, we got the ocean out...

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TRANSIT: Creative Placemaking in Baltimore with Europe is proud to be part of Open Walls Baltimore 2, an international festival of site-specific street art, performance and installations hosted by the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. More than 15 outstanding artists from Baltimore, New York, Europe and South America, selected by curator Gaia, will create large-scale...

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