Best Healing: 'Love on the Line' pop-up series

On a Sunday afternoon almost a week after the Baltimore Uprising, 50 people or so packed into the Spin Cycle laundromat in Charles North. Some folks were just there to do laundry, but most came together to see art by Pierre Bennu and Stephanie Safiyatou Edwards and music and spoken-word performances by Jasmine Pope, Courtney Dowe, the Baltimore Girls, Lamar Anthony Hill, and others. “Love on the Line” was a pop-up series organized by Melani N. Douglass, who with her nomadic Family Arts Museum aims to take art out into the world and weave it into relationships and communities. Baltimore banded together in many ways during the uprising, and the May 3 installment of “Love on the Line” was an important moment of peace for everyone—which is not to say anyone simply accepted the injustices that led to the uprising, but everyone there, whether they knew each other or not, needed to reaffirm the fact that black lives matter.

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