Who We Are

Our VISION is to see the unique creative spirit and inventiveness of every Baltimore community reflected and expressed in their public spaces.

In 2007, ARTblocks was a recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship. Since then, we’ve been making Baltimore a more creative and vibrant city one block at a time.

Deborah Patterson, Founder and Director

Deborah Patterson PhotoIn her twelve years as a community artist in the Pimlico, Park Heights community, artist Deborah Patterson taught the youth studio art, art history, and together completed some amazing projects. When the adults showed an interest too, she founded ARTblocks as a means for bringing art out of the classroom and into the community for all to participate.

She did that through the creative placemaking process, which she learned  through Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. The process is an incredibly efficient way of  helping communities create a comprehensive plan for their public spaces that is uniquely their own.

In addition to organizing and leading creative placemaking workshops for communities, Deborah works with leaders and organizations to bring their vision to fruition, raises funds for projects through grants, donations and partnerships, and even helps create some of the art.

Collaborators & Supporters

Mary and David Hawkins Fund

Our colleagues & counterpart in Derby, England

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  • ARTblocks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, MD.

    834 W. 36th St.
    Baltimore, MD 21211