We spent a year looking at how Baltimore artists survive + thrive

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Here’s What We Learned

We surveyed 400 Baltimore artists about their work and lives

We held a focus group with 14 artists to gather in-depth stories

We convened a Roundtable of artists and organizations who help artists thrive

We partnered with Dr. Brea Heidelberg, arts researcher and professor at Drexel University, to analyze the data

We learned a lot. And we’re already making changes in response to what artists said. For example: 82% of artists surveyed want to expand their audience outside of Baltimore. That is striking, and good to know. And we continue to work with our Roundtable partners to coordinate and integrate professional development in Baltimore.

Thank you to all the artists who participated. You can read our Findings below.


Want to geek out even more? Here’s a slideshow with data from the survey.



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Artists U/Baltimore is supported by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

Support for Artists U’s work nationally comes from The Surdna Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Tremaine Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation, and Leveraging Investments in Creativity.