Intersection of Change – Youth in Business
Partner Organization | Intersection of Change
Architects | East Wing Architects
For nearly 30 years, Intersection of Change has worked creatively to address poverty-related challenges in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding communities. The project at 583 Presstman Street—a two-story townhouse conversion to a community center—is no exception.
Specifically, the property will house Intersection of Change’s subsidiary Jubilee Arts Program, which uses the arts as a tool for personal empowerment and as an alternative to violent street life. The space will be home to the “Youth in Business” t-shirt production and retail shop, which will employ up to 20 teens in all phases, from design and fabrication to sales and store management. The basement will house the presses, the first floor retail and meeting space, and the second floor office space.
Episcopal Housing Corporation is providing complete project management and oversight of the renovation to bring the building up to code and made into an innovative multi-use space. Tapping into the creativity at the heart of the business, the architectural plans draw upon feedback from area youth involved in the business. With its expansive windows and contemporary design, the renovations promise to inspire creativity, with the cyan, magenta, and yellow color scheme reminding all of bright future ahead.