About Us

Motor House is a place where old dividing lines disappear, new connections inspire, where Baltimore’s artists, performers, and those with emerging talents can build a diverse, inclusive community to make fresh opportunities.

Motor House is a cultural and economic catalyst, an engine for action both social and inventive, a meeting ground for poets and policymakers, organizations and individuals, thinkers and doers who seek to transform our city.

Motor House is about making art and about making change in a building that is actually a much bigger idea than its four walls.

Making History

The Motor House building started out literally as that, a storefront selling a horseless vehicle that would transform the early 20th century. Fast-forward to our present century and the building, called “Load of Fun,” was home to artist studios and performance spaces.

In 2013, the building was acquired by BARCO, a non-profit real estate development corporation that’s dedicated to providing affordable and sustainable spaces for Baltimore’s growing artistic community. Collaborating closely with an advisory committee of artists, curators, performers, arts educators, and art organization executives, BARCO has created a totally new concept for community arts development, engagement, and yes, making history.

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Our Team

Leslie King Hammond, PhD, Senior Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Professor Emerita, former Dean of Graduate Studies and founder of the Center for Race and Culture at MICA

King Hammond has served on numerous boards and juries for arts and culture organizations and institutions including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Creative Alliance, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, College Art Association, Women’s Art Caucus, Joan Mitchell Foundation/Center, Gottlieb Foundation, Emerging Artists Network, Alliance of Artists Communities, City of Baltimore, Maryland State Mass Transit, National Endowment for the Humanities, Maryland Arts Council. She has also an extensive career in curating, research, publications, panels, exhibitions, conferences, symposiums and consulting with artists and community arts groups – local, regional and national.

Rob Goldrick, Building Manager

Rob was born in Maryland and has been a Baltimore resident since 1987. He was most recently the facility manager for the Museum of Industry and spent a big chunk of his career as a project manager for one of the mid-Atlantic’s top historic restoration firms. Rob is also a musician and an expert carpenter as well.

Tori Munoz, Operations and Rentals Manager

Tori is a military brat who traveled to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Art History, Theory & Criticism with concentrations in Curatorial Studies and Theatre. She was most recently the Performance Space Technician at MICA. She has spent countless hours in the tech booths of Baltimore Theatre Project, Everyman Theatre, and MICA’s performance spaces.