FORCE Monument Picnic September 29

FORCE + CONGREGATE partnered to host quilt making workshops with congregation members at the Spiritual Empowerment Center as a way to provide community support for survivors of rape and abuse. The first set of 100 quilts will be on display at the Monument picnic! FORCE is hosting the Monument Picnic tomorrow at 2pm in front of Penn Station in Station North. Don’t forget to come see the first set of quilts and learn more about the future Monument Project! RSVP on Facebook.

FORCE Sew A Thon and Monument Picnic

Baltimore Performance Kitchen + CONGREGATE present “Closets” September 22

“We are in community each time we find a place where we belong.” –Peter Block

“CONGREGATE art + faith + community” and Baltimore Performance Kitchen are pleased to present “Closets”, a live performance of stories shared by congregation members and interpreted by members of the Single Carrot Theatre. The performance will be held in the Sheila and Richard Riggs gallery on Sunday, September 22 at 5pm.

The Baltimore Performance Kitchen creative team went to various project sites and recorded congregants’ stories of hope, fear, and love—and how they found support from their fellow church members. This resulted in an installation that juxtaposes black and white video portraits of the participants with audio recordings of them recounting their stories. This installation is featured in the gallery space as a back drop for the theatre performance interpreted by Single Carrot Theatre.

CONGREGATE Baltimore Performance Kitchen

Opening reception was AMAZING!

Check out photos of the opening celebration that took place on September 6, 2013 at the MICA Graduate Studio Center. What an amazing opening with over 400 attendees! “CONGREGATE” brought so many people from all walks of life together. It was incredible seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of all the visitors! The artwork stimulated so much conversation about the meaning and importance of faith and community. We are excited about the new relationships that have been a result of this collaboration, it does not end here.

Congratulations to all participating artists in residence, congregations and CONGREGATE project team. THANK YOU for coming and supporting this ambitious project! The show is up until September 25 with additional upcoming programs. Stay tuned by visiting our website for program updates at

131 West North Ave Baltimore, MD 21201
Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 12pm-5pm.

Photographs by Patrick Galluzzo, Crissìan Chen and Xiaotian Yang. Branding for “CONGREGATE” by Becky Slogeris. Catering provided by Station North Art’s Cafe/Nancy’s.

Check out more photos in our online gallery and even more on Facebook!

AKIMBO Dance Festival September 15

Come to the second annual AKIMBO Dance Festival in Station Station North this Sunday from 2-5pm! Deep Vision Dance Company will be doing a dance inspired by art + faith + community at the CONGREGATE exhibition inside the MICA Graduate Studio Center gallery! Check out all the other sites dancers will be performing at on the map here:
RSVP on Facebook here.

*AKIMBO is an annual festival that showcases Baltimore’s professional dance companies and movement artists, from traditional to experimental. AKIMBO events are designed to build community between artists, audiences, and venues and to encourage ongoing relationships for future projects and collaborations.


AKIMBO presents: CONGREGATE Community Artwalk August 31

AKIMBO 2013 Congregate Artwalk_Aug 30You are invited to this special program hosted by one of our lovely partners AKIMBO!

Community Artwalk 5-5:30pm- Meet at the corner of St. Paul and North Ave.

Akimbo Teaser 5:30-6pm- MICA Graduate Studio Center

Afro Modern Dance class 6-7pm- Corner of Lanvale and Barclay St.

*AKIMBO is an annual festival that showcases Baltimore’s professional dance companies and movement artists, from traditional to experimental. AKIMBO events are designed to build community between artists, audiences, and venues and to encourage ongoing relationships for future projects and collaborations. 

CONGREGATE Kickstarter has been funded!

Dear supporters,

Thanks to you, we have raised $5,050 to support the “CONGREGATE art + faith + community” exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art. With these funds, we will print catalogs and other publications, create an amazing gallery installation, order food, and support our programs!

Thank you from the participating congregations, “CONGREGATE” artists in residence, MICA Curatorial Practice professors and the M.F.A in Curatorial Practice class of 2014. All of this hard work for the past year has been worth it. We are so grateful and we have learned to have faith in art and our Baltimore community in order to create a more inclusive arts district in Station North. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Your goodies and rewards will be delivered at the end of September or early October. We will continue to post updates on our Kickstarter, so stay tuned!


Mark your calendars!

“CONGREGATE art + faith + community”

Opening Reception Friday, September 6, 2013 5pm-7pm

On View September 6–September 25, 2013

Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries inside the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Graduate Studio Center

131 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201


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Instagram #congregatebaltimore


Thank you from…

Participating Artists/Congregations:

Bashi Rose/7th Metro Church

Katherine Kavanaugh/Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church

Leo Hussey/St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church

Laure Drogoul/Spiritual Empowerment Center

Tiffany Jones/New Second Missionary Baptist Church

Leigh Davis/All congregations

Programs:  Baltimore Performance KitchenFORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Baltimore Print Studios Youth Workshops and AKIMBO

M.F.A Curatorial Practice Class of 2014 Curators: Michelle Gomez, Ashley Molese, Victoria Timpo, Caitlin Tucker-Melvin, Qianfei Wang and Xiaotian Yang.

M.F.A Curatorial Practice Practicum Co-Instructors: Jeffry Cudlin and Gerald Ross

Thank you for funding our exhibition on Kickstarter!

Thank you for funding our exhibition on Kickstarter!

Open Studio Tour and Ice Cream was a success!

Each participating artist in residence presented their work in progress to the congregations and public in their assigned place of worship on August 11, 2013. This was an opportunity for the community to get an inside look at the work and get a better understanding of the project “CONGREGATE art + faith + community”. After the open studios, everyone met at St. Michaels & All Angels for some ice cream and to get to meet the CONGREGATE team! Yay for ice cream!

This program was proudly sponsored by the MICA Office of Community Engagement.

More photos on our Facebook page.