Some of Baltimore’s most authentic and exciting places to visit are hidden in plain sight in old East Baltimore. Join us as we tour Highlandtown and Canton to view some of Baltimore’s most interesting painted screens. With Patterson Park at its center and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution to the north and the harbor to the south, your visit will include one of the city’s most culturally diverse areas. Home to 18th and 19th century rowhouses built for the growing working class population, it is where the unique utilitarian folk art of painted screens began and where a renaissance is occurring today. We will visit St Wenceslaus Church in the former Little Bohemia (an area now undergoing remarkable change). Next we will stop at Highlandtown’s Main Street/Arts and Entertainment District which boasts an eclectic mix of retail, art and restaurant spaces. Our final stop will be in Canton, where the working landscape of canneries and industrial waterfront have given way to one of the hottest neighborhoods in town. One thing all these areas continue to share is the once ubiquitous colorful screens—a provider of much-needed privacy on narrow rowhouse streets (“You see out. No one sees in.”) and an outlet for creativity by hundreds of homegrown artists for more than a century. Join Elaine Eff, former Maryland state folklorist and author of The Painted Screens of Baltimore; artist and screen painter Debbie Lynn Zwiebach; Southeast Community Development Corporation’s Amanda Smit-Peters, as well as established and new residents and merchants as we tour on foot and by bus , dine in an ethnic eatery, visit the epicenter of screen art and the neighborhoods that keep the art(s) alive as they continue to change and grow.