A Flagship for the Arts

Creative Alliance

Creative Alliance

Baltimore, Maryland

Two decades ago, we transformed the historic Patterson Theater into a performance and gallery space for the Creative Alliance, a community arts organization. We recently helped the Creative Alliance expand its educational programs with the Creativity Center, a new hub for hands-on art and culture experiences across the street from the Patterson.

A Flagship for the Arts
The arts have been an important part of the redevelopment of Southeast Baltimore in terms of evolving as a really multicultural and diverse neighborhood.
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The Patterson Theater

The Patterson Theater, affectionately known as “the Patterson,” began life as a cinema in the 1930s. In 2003, it reopened as the Creative Alliance’s home base, offering a 200-seat theater, café, exhibition space, and live-work artist studios.

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The Creativity Center

The new Creativity Center provides art classrooms, a spring-floor dance studio, and a teaching kitchen. The new spaces have allowed the Creative Alliance to greatly expand the programs they offer and audiences they serve.

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Highlighting the Arts

Putting the arts on display, the Patterson and Creativity Center create a vibrant gateway into the Baltimore’s Arts and Entertainment District. Our contextual design visually connects the buildings to each other and their urban setting.

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