Last month, in the wake of the deadly fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship and the subsequent closing of Baltimore DIY space the Bell Foundry, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh formed a Safe Arts Space Task Force to establish "safe, cost-effective" places for artists to work and live. The group, which, for some reason is co-chaired by a bank executive and a partner at a local law firm, met for the first time Monday to discuss the challenges faced by the city's artists.

While the task force is a welcome development, one of the members, Baltimore musician Dan Deacon, expressed concern that the force didn't include enough artists.

"I assume there's a practical limit to how many people we can put [on task force]," co-chair Jon Laria, who is a partner the Ballard Spahr law firm, reportedly said. "We want to be as inclusive as possible."


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