Baltimore, MD - May 28, 2024  - The Glen Neighborhood Improvement Association (GNIA) has recently spearheaded a significant enhancement project at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Reisterstown Road branch, fostering community spirit and improving local infrastructure. Under the leadership of President Betty Cherniak and the proactive efforts of board member and grants coordinator Jonathan Raun, GNIA has successfully introduced eye-catching sidewalk art and facilitated crucial repairs to the library's accessibility ramp.

Jonathan Raun was instrumental in securing a grant from the Northwest Baltimore Partnership, which brought the vision of vibrant sidewalk murals to life, with artistic execution carried out by Graham Projects. This new "placemaking" initiative not only beautifies the neighborhood but also invites greater interaction and engagement among community members and library patrons.

The project faced challenges with the disrepair of the ramp providing access to the library. Whereas the library had undergone a complete and beautiful renovation several years ago, the ramp at the main entrance had been in need of repair for years and attempts to get it fixed or replaced had been unsuccessful. The ramp was in such poor shape that many patrons thought the library was closed! Delegate Sandy Rosenberg responded immediately to our entreaties to help, stepped in and got the job done within a few weeks, navigating through all bureaucratic hurdles. Now all patrons have easy access to the library with a beautiful new ramp, underscoring the community's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.

A celebratory event was held at the library on 5/23 to unveil the new art and ramp improvements, showcasing the fruits of this collaborative effort. Among the attendees were artist Graham Coreil-Allen of Graham Projects and his assistant Melvin Jadulang, GNIA President Betty Cherniak, board members Jonathan Raun, Joyce Sanders, Ronald McCallum, Arlene Block, and Mark Hart, who also is a member of the Friends of the Library group. Also present and instrumental in organizing the event were EPFL Branch Manager Suzanna Eldridge, and Rebecca Mark of Mayor Brandon Scott's Office of Community Affairs. Yanky Schorr of Tide Realty Capital, owners of the Reisterstown Road Plaza, not only attended the event but Tide also contributed generously  to help GNIA defray expenses. Another local businessman, Josh Rosen of Filamatic, attended with several staff members. The presence of these attendees reinforces the ongoing partnership of GNIA, Enoch Pratt Free Library, the City, and local business. The event highlighted collective contributions and cooperation and reinforced the community's dedication to enhancing public spaces.

For those interested in learning more about this project or ongoing efforts of GNIA, additional information can be obtained by reaching out to Jonathan Raun at 443-761-2071. This project is not just a testament to the power of community involvement but also a beacon of how collective efforts can significantly enhance local environments. Stop by the library and walk the sidewalk mural! You will be delighted at the vibrant colors and engaging design of this new artistic addition to our community.

Celebration Group Portrait

Sidewalk Mural

Placemaking Celebration