In December, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced that the Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, Artspace Projects, Inc., has acquired the historic Ambassador Theater on Liberty Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore City.
Artspace closed on the historic Ambassador Theater on December 16, 2019. The organization plans to redevelop the space into a vibrant arts hub.
Artspace was invited to Baltimore by the Mayor, in partnership with Healthy Neighborhoods, to address the concerns and needs of the community and to develop a plan for the theater’s second act.
The Ambassador is an Art Deco building located in the Howard Park neighborhood and has been vacant for more than a decade. It was damaged by a fire in more recent years and has long been a blight along Liberty Heights Avenue. Artspace acquired the property for $100,001 at auction.
Prior to the purchase, Artspace initiated an array of community engagement meetings with community leaders, artists, youth, and representatives from arts organizations.
Artspace has developed more than 50 arts spaces across the country. The Ambassador Theater will be its first project in Baltimore.