DIY arts space Bell Foundry shut down by city – Baltimore City Paper – Baltimore City Paper (blog)

December 6, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

The DIY arts studio and performance space Bell Foundry was shut down this afternoon, as artists were locked out from the building and left wondering if they would be able to retrieve their art and belongings.

Chief Roman Clark, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, said the department and Baltimore Housing inspected the building this afternoon after receiving a complaint. Numerous violations were found, and Housing condemned the building.

“We have to think about the safety of people, especially when we receive a complaint,” he said. “We have to act on it. That’s what we did.”

About 5 p.m., when City Paper arrived on the scene, there was a large board screwed to the front door and a crowd of more than a dozen people outside, including artists who maintained a space there and other members of the city’s arts scene who were offering people from the Bell Foundry places to stay or store their stuff. Several of the artists who occupied the Bell Foundry were told by city officials they had an hour to clear out but said they were given less time than that.