Arts & Culture

Art Space: Catonsville’s No. 8 Streetcar is Born Again Through Local Art

New art project works to preserve a piece of Baltimore’s past.

Art Space is a recurring element in the UpFront section of our print publication that spotlights a local art project making an impact in the city at large. Here’s what’s going on this month: 

A new art project is working to preserve a piece of Baltimore’s past. With the help of volunteers, the Catonsville Rails to Trails nonprofit has helped to restore a mural of the long-lost No. 8. Streetcar path—a popular line for local travelers between Towson and Catonsville before it shut down in 1963. New additions include a portrait of the streetcar’s longtime operator, Berley Roberts Sr., remembered as one of the region’s first Black transit conductors.

—Courtesy of Maureen Sweeney Smith