Showcasing the cherished connections between the Reservoir Hill and Druid Hill Park, the Arches & Access project will illuminate and activate the landmark Druid Hill Park Gate at Madison Avenue with colorful lights, a community parade, and public walking tour. The Neighborhood Lights Project is presented as part of the Brilliant Baltimore festival of light and literature.
Arches & Access is supported by a 2019 Neighborhood Lights Community Grant from Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, and The Access Project for Druid Hill Park. Special thanks to T. Rowe Price – Community Engagement Partner, The Herbert Bearman Foundation – Supporting Sponsor of Neighborhood Lights, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
The Arches & Access team is comprised of current residents residing in the neighborhoods adjacent to Druid Hill Park. Courtney Bettle has lived in Baltimore since 2007 and has been a resident of Reservoir Hill since 2011. She has engaged in a variety of community projects over the years, including successfully organizing programming in a neighborhood playground aimed to strengthen community bonds and deter drug activity. Jessy DeSantis is an emerging artist, mother of two and active community member who resides on Madison Avenue in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. Her dramatic and vibrant use of color in her painting of the Arch serves as the inspiration behind its illumination. Auchentoroly Terrace resident Graham Coreil-Allen is a public artist and organizer working to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art, radical walking tours, and civic engagement. Coreil-Allen received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has created projects for numerous spaces, places and events. Kate Jennings joined the RHIC team in 2019. She is focused on developing and maintaining programs and services related to neighborhood initiatives and community engagement or organizing with special consideration for marginalized stakeholders and residents.