Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) rebuilds Baltimore neighborhoods by transforming underutilized real estate into attractive and affordable spaces for creative people and organizations. To date, BARCO has leveraged more than $19 million in investment to create 60,000 square feet of space for artists, makers, and performers in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District including Open Works and The Motor House.
Founded by the Deutsch Foundation in 2012, the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) is a nonprofit real estate development corporation that supports Baltimore’s artists and creative innovators by providing affordable and quality workspace for Baltimore’s growing community of artists, performers, makers, and artisans.
BARCO supports Baltimore’s artists and creatives by providing access to safe, affordable studios and workspaces and seek to intentionally create working environments that welcome artists across lines of difference. BARCO envisions a Baltimore where artists are able to work and thrive and are working toward removing the barriers that prohibit them from doing so.
In 2015, BARCO completed the $6 million renovation of the Motor House, a 25,000 square foot visual and performing arts hub in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
In 2016, BARCO completed the $11.5 million renovation of Open Works, a 34,000 square foot nonprofit makerspace serving the greater Baltimore community.