What better way to spend a Friday than with a group a data enthusiasts? We at PolicyMap attended our first ever Baltimore Data Day: an annual workshop about data, tech and best practices. At the afternoon session, “Using Data to Identify Opportunities For Creative Placemaking,” we helped neighborhood groups, government officials and developers understand how to use PolicyMap in targeting arts-related investments. Mark Treskon from the Urban Institute took us on a tour of Station North Arts and showed us their work there, with a fascinating discussion about the local data available through Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA). Priya Bhayana at the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District shared her informative experiences and challenges with employing the arts as a community development strategy in Baltimore. And Krista Green at Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) framed the conversation, bringing together the common threads of the conversation and synthesizing our contributions for the audience.
Here at PolicyMap we love working on arts-related projects like CultureBlocks and a mapping project currently that’s underway for ArtsWave in Cincinnati. We hope to have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation about the arts in Baltimore, as well!