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Le Mondo is an artist-owned-and-driven project creating a multi-use community hub and experimental performance complex in Baltimore. Thanks to the amazing Baltimore community, Le Mondo has grown from the seeds of an ambitious dream among a group of artists into a blossoming reality on Baltimore’s Howard Street.
 

 
 
 

Who We Are!

Founding Creative Director
Carly J. Bales

Founding Programming Director
Evan Moritz

Chief Operating Officer
Frederick Gerriets

Board of Directors
Carly J Bales
Kelly Bell
John Berndt
Kanika Feaster
Barker French
Frederick Gerriets
Mark Keener
Evan Moritz
Stewart Mostofsky
Ted Rouse

MONDO Bar Manager
Kevin Blackistone

 

 
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What We Are Doing

Le Mondo is an ambitious arts incubator project led by veteran Baltimore artist-organizers to create an artist-owned multi-faceted performing arts center and community hub in Baltimore’s Bromo Arts District.

• Three vacant historic buildings | 406-412 North Howard Street
• 30,000 total square feet in downtown West Baltimore

Transforming into:
• Multi-use arts venue and bar
• Black-box theater
• Studio, rehearsal, and office space
• Affordable live-work apartments
• Neighborhood cafe

 

 
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Why We Are Doing It!

• To provide truly affordable and sustainable space for artists and small community organizations in Baltimore to expand their practice, grow their businesses, and in turn pay themselves and their employees.

• To cultivate a permanent hub for the appreciation and incubation of new, daring performance work in Baltimore while bringing new life to a once-thriving corridor in the city.

• To create a new model for cultural economy in Baltimore that empowers its constituents and transforms its surroundings.

 

 
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Our History

Late 2013

A group of artist-organizers came together to address the growing issues of safe, affordable art space and to create a way to collectively empower each other and share resources. The result of those conversations was Le Mondo.


2014 – 2015

This collective of artists and arts groups submitted a proposal to the city of Baltimore for a set of buildings on the 400 block of Howard Street. Our goal: creating lasting and affordable space driven by artists for artists; building a critical mass of shared resources and energies; elevating and sustaining our experimental arts community.

We raised funds to buy the buildings from the city and were able to raise $50,000 to do so last year – thanks to almost 200 donors and a matching grant award! By the end of last year, we secured ownership of three historic buildings to realize our dreams of an artist-owned multi-use performance arts complex and community hub – one that championed bold new art and affordable space while creating a new model for economic empowerment and community development in Baltimore.


2016-2017

We began work on our first venue, MONDO, at 406 North Howard Street. Our neighborhood has a rich history as Baltimore’s commercial district – an area once full of theaters, restaurants, department stores, and retail. MONDO was originally built as a silent film house and vaudeville theater in 1916! We celebrated its birthday and got to work transforming it to its original arts use. Thanks to a team of industrious volunteers and enthusiastic Le Mondo members, MONDO is rounding the bend to be open seven days a week this 2018!

 

The Future

We're about to open the doors of our first building and venue to the public!  MONDO will be: a neighborhood bar and mid-sized performance venue for performance of all kinds – theater, music shows, dance, and more; meeting space; and artist studios for individual and small arts organizations. Our mission is to keep this venue artist-oriented and affordable. MONDO will bring a dense and active space to the 400 block of N. Howard St. and an accessible and much-needed mid-size performance venue addition to Baltimore.

Opening MONDO will propel the buildout of our adjacent two historic buildings. These building will house: a black box theatre and dance space, affordable live/work apartments, workshop facilities, rehearsal space, classroom space, and a cafe.

 

 
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About Our Neighborhood

Once the center of Baltimore’s commercial district and the home to a range of vaudeville and touring performance houses, the Howard Street corridor has suffered neglect and disinvestment for decades.

The Le Mondo project, with it’s focus on arts-ownership, the performing arts, and affordable live/work spaces, will be a major milestone and catalytic anchor for downtown’s Westside. The Westside neighborhood is now part of the newly-formed Bromo Arts District and Le Mondo now joins a growing hive of arts activity downtown alongside organizations such as Current GalleryEMP CollectiveEubie Blake Cultural CenterDCACMAPEveryman Theatre14K Cabaret,  Springsteen GalleryGallery 4Muse 360Annex TheaterArena PlayersOpen Space, and other artist-run spaces who call the neighborhood home.

 

 
 2017 Charm City Fringe during our soft opening of Mondo. Photo Credit: Corey Jennings

2017 Charm City Fringe during our soft opening of Mondo. Photo Credit: Corey Jennings