307 W. Baltimore St., (410) 244-0785, empcollective.org
Art galleries are not always the most welcoming places. There’s a bit of a clique-ish vibe in the art world, which drew the attention of local art blogger and CP contributor Cara Ober, who earlier this year wrote a gut-check post about the icy atmosphere at a gallery show. That kind of atmosphere makes us glad to have EMP, which hosts terrific art, but also theater, its Odd Tuesdays Cineclub repertory series, artist salons, live street-art painting with DJs, and much more. In any given month it’s hard not to find at least one thing you’d like to attend. But the effort EMP has put into securing a new space—with five other theaters on North Howard Street—may have been the best thing it did this year.