Billie Holiday Arts Project
As a young girl, Billie Holiday (American jazz singer and songwriter) lived in the 200 block of S. Durham Street (thought to be at 217 and 219).
UFPIA received a PNC Transformative Art Grant of $30,000 to create a tribute to Ms. Holiday based on her music and life.
Projects completed are:
- Painted screens on several houses on the block using themes and images from the life and music of Billie Holiday.
- A mosaic on a large masonry wall by Baltimore artist Joe Rizza
- Muralists James Eichelberger and Michael Kirby painted murals on the designated walls and Bridget Cimino painted two murals (one at 1813 E Pratt St and at 250 S Durham St - on the back of the Fell’s Point Corner Theatre).
- Artist Anne Kotleba, along with local children, painted gardenias on various walls (gardenias were worn in Billie Holiday’s hair and became her trademark)
- Wall plaques
- Repaving the block with Belgian block inserts
- An artworks festival
- A 100th birthday tribute festival
- For more on Billie Holiday, click here or for photos of the art project click here.
To hear the podcast that was on WYPR Radio on January 17, 2014 regarding this project, click here. For articles written about the project: Baltimore Sun’s Jacques Kelly: Block In Upper Fells Point Pays Homage to Billie Holiday, Baltimore Magazine’s Lady Day Way and The Baltimore Guide click here