Highlandtown is located in southeast Baltimore and was founded in 1866 as Snake Hill. The name Highlandtown emerged a few years later because of the sweeping views of Baltimore City. Highlandtown has a rich immigrant history that continues today with a growing Latino Community, many hailing from Mexico, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico. More recently, Highlandtown has welcomed Middle Eastern and African immigrants and refugees.
Highlandtown is diverse with a vibrant arts district and many terrific ethnic restaurants. The beautiful murals (pictured left and below) along Bank Street and Highland Avenue pay homage to the immigrant experience in Highlandtown. The Creative Alliance is Southeast Baltimore's artistic hub and there are many galleries throughout the neighborhood.
Highlandtown was the inspirational setting for John Waters' Hairspray, which was made into two hit movies, the Tony award winning Broadway stage musical and international tour, and a hit TV special. We are proud to be part of this terrific neighborhood.
The Maryland State Arts Councl recently produced this video about the Highlandtown Arts community. (1:50)
Check out this short video highlighting the artist experience in Highlandtown!
Baltimore Resettlement Center - This center is a project of the International Rescue Committee and provides assistance and support to refugees being resettled in the Baltimore metropolitan area, especially in our neighborhood. Formerly in Highlandtown, the center has moved to: 1900 N Howard Street, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21218
Baltimore Science Fiction Society - The BSFS is an educational and literary organization that promotes and appreciates the many science fiction art forms. The BSFS sponsors the annual science fiction and fantasy convention Balticon.
CASA of Maryland - This community organization works to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for the Latino and immigrant people of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. CASA offers English classes, pathways to citizenship, legal services, vocational training, financial education, and housing counseling.
Esta organización comunitaria trabaja para organizar, abogar y ampliar las oportunidades para las personas latinas e inmigrantes de Maryland, Pensilvania y Virginia. CASA ofrece clases de inglés, caminos hacia la ciudadanía, servicios legales, capacitación vocacional, educación financiera y asesoría de vivienda.
Creative Alliance - Making their home at the Patterson, this performing arts organization supports local artists and the community through innovative and spectacular programs.
Friends of Southeast Anchor Library - This organization supports the Southeast Anchor Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore.
Highlandtown Community Association- This neighborhood association supports Highlandtown with a number of events and programs such as the annual Highlandtown Wine Festival, Blockenstein and community clean up projects.
Highlandtown Merchants Association - This organization supports and assists the merchants in the Highlandtown retail districts. HMA is also supported by the Southeast Community Development Corporation.
The Martin Pollak Project - The Martin Pollak Project, Inc. was founded in 1980 by Elizabeth Pollak in honor of her late husband, Martin, with the belief that every child has a right to a caring family. The project provides community-based and family-oriented substitute care for children and young people, ages birth to 21.
In the more than twenty-five years since its beginnings in Annapolis, the Martin Pollak Project, Inc. has evolved into a foster care program that meets the needs of the individual, honors the integrity of the family, and focuses on the strengths and abilities of children and families. We provide treatment and community foster care and independent living services coordinated through our offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. Martin Pollak runs the Northstar Baltimore program which provides free tutoring and mentoring at their facility at 3701 Eastern Ave, adjacent to the Southeast Anchor Library and also at Highlandtown Elementary School.
Patterson Park Neighborhood Association - This organization supports homeowners and residents in the Patterson Park neighborhood with various projects that improve the community.
Soccer Without Borders Baltimore - SWB Baltimore serves newcomer refugee, asylee, and immigrant boys and girls ages 5-21 in Baltimore City and Prince George's County through after-school and summer programs with an emphasis on academic enrichment, English language development, and family engagement. Their office is located at 3700 Eastern Avenue.
Southeast Community Development Corporation - This community organization uses public and private resources to support housing, business, artistic and other neighborhood initiatives that benefit the greater Highlandtown area.
Yellow Arrow Publishing is a Baltimore-based non-profit that seeks to provide writers that identify as women a safe space to share their work, opportunities for publication, and ways to network with other writers and improve their craft. The center is located on 335 S. Conkling Street and offers classes, workshops, and special events.