On May 17, 2022, Park Circle Community Association, Civic Works, community residents, and nationally recognized artist, Herb “Mr. Herb” Massie partnered to beautify the Park Heights community with artistically designed planter pots which will line Park Heights Avenue. The collaboration is being referred to as a “Bridge the Gap” project and reflects the intersection between the art community, youth, and residents of the Park Heights community. This intergenerational and beautification project was spear headed by Pam Curtis, President, Park Circle Community Association and funded with a grant from Baltimore City to enhance the Park Circle Community. Ms. Curtis, a 2019 graduate of the Baltimore City Planning Academy has been actively involved in securing resources, working with zoning to involve stakeholders and actively engaging residents in projects that beautify their communities. “I am so proud to have the support of our city, state officials, and community organizations such as Civic Works,” says Curtis. 

(l-r) Civic Works youth volunteer Camryn Waddell; Herb (Mr. Herb) Massie, Artist for Vision Wall and Planter Pots; and Civic Works Volunteer Darian Barrett

This project is particularly special because the youth along with artist Herb Massie helped to design the planter pots which includes inspiring words that reflect togetherness and community goodwill. The City of Baltimore asked Pam Curtis to submit twenty powerful words to be placed on the planters. She wanted to tie the previous VISION Mosaic art wall (Corner of Park Heights & Springhill Ave) into the project. “The outcome was breathtaking,” says Curtis. 

“The official unveiling was emotional and inspiring to witness the youth collaborating with community seniors and being educated on ways to preserve one’s property and community,” says Ms. Curtis. The project was originally present prior to COVID and was placed on pause due to the health and safety precautions for all participants. 

Ms. Curtis extends her thanks to the residents of Park Circle Community Association, artist Herb Massie, Mr. John and the Civic Works staff and volunteers, youth of the Park Heights community, Department of Transportation, seniors throughout Baltimore City, and the amazing City of Baltimore (Planning Department) for their support. This would not have been possible without the collaborative effort and support of this collective group.

Civic Works youth volunteers, artists and community residents designed planter pots in collaboration.  (l-r) seated Artist Herb (Mr. Herb) Massie and Civic Works youth volunteer Teron Taylor 

About Civic Works

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. For over 20 years, the non-profit has been deeply committed to service in Baltimore communities. Its programs deliver tangible results through a combination of job training, skills development, and community service. Civic Works succeed by harnessing the energy and dedicated commitment of our AmeriCorps members, staff, volunteers, sponsors, partners, and most importantly, the communities in which we work.

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