The Glendale Arts Colony is the result of an RFP for development issued jointly by the City of Glendale and the Glendale YMCA. The program, affordable housing for artists, aligns with the goals of the Maryland Arts and Entertainment District one block away, while the design, by Studio One Eleven, resolves a number of site constraints and brings coherency to the Y campus.
The Museum of Neon Art (MONA), adjacent mid-block pedestrian paseo and the beautification of the parallel alley and parking lot represents the first phase of the Central Park Master Plan.
“Maryland Off Broadway” is a Focused Implementation Plan to create an Art and Entertainment District in Downtown Glendale.
The Urban Art Ordinance was initiated in 2006 with the adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan, and expanded city-wide in 2010. The Ordinance requires the installation of public art on-site for all new development over $500,000, or payment of an in-lieu fee. Since adoption, the Ordinance has raised more than $3 million for public arts programming.