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Arch Social Club Hopes to Light the Way in Penn-North

Matt Steinberg

Community members are working to revive the neighborhoods around Pennsylvania and North Avenues in West Baltimore. Now, there’s even more momentum behind it ... with the aim to secure funds to restore the facade of the historic Arch Social Club.We hear from Marion Blackwell, manager of the non-profit Historic Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street, and from the cultural curator of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, spoken-word poet Brion Gill, who is leading a charge to designate the area as a Black arts and entertainment district.

Vote for the Arch Social Club to win a grant for restoring its arch HERE.

Sign the petition to designate Pennsylvania Ave. as a Black arts and entertainment district HERE.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'