Create Don’t Hate …Updates

"Work Hard" Billboard

Last October, AIGA Baltimore sponsored Create Don’t Hate with Worldstudio. This was a mentoring program for high school students in the Baltimore area. Graphic designers were matched up with students interested in visual arts from Patapsco and Patterson high schools. The groups worked together to create posters that later on could become billboards throughout the city. The billboards, after some delays, went up in July!!

Recently, The Baltimore Sun covered the billboards with a profile on the billboards and included quotes from some of the students involved. View the Baltimore Sun’s story here:

The Billboards are in the following locations:
1 006350 Belvedere Ave NS 25ft E/O Linden Hgts F/W – S Baltimore City Y WORK 07/20/2010
2 008300 Calvert St WS 10ft S/O Federal F/S – 1 Baltimore City Y TOLERANCE 07/19/2010
3 011320 Curtis Ave ES 10ft N/O Patapsco F/S – 1 Baltimore City Y TONE 07/19/2010
4 013050 Dundalk Ave WS 380ft S/O Gusryan F/N – 2 Baltimore City Y MAKEUP 07/20/2010
5 014650 Eastern Ave NS 80ft E/O Bethel F/W – 1 Baltimore City Y TRASH 07/19/2010
6 019600 Federal St NS 920ft W/O Erdman F/W – S Baltimore City Y DIVERSITY 07/20/2010
7 023650 Frederick Ave NS 50ft E/O Loudon F/E – 3 Baltimore City Y LUV 07/19/2010
The program lasted four weeks, with students and mentors meeting once a week. The billboard designs were based on a variety of topics such as: stop crime, domestic violence, love your city, stop vandalism in the streets, don’t trash your city, and much more. This was a great experience for students and many saw how a career in the arts can be achieved.

Thanks again to all the mentors:

  • Dani Bradford
  • Cris Cimatu
  • Debbie Feldman Jones
  • Joseph Ford
  • Kimberly Hopkins
  • Alissa Jones
  • Megan Lavelle
  • Mary Leszczynski
  • Ilene Lundy
  • Chad Miller
  • Llara Pazdan
  • Lark Pfleegor
  • Katie Rosenberg
  • Kevin Sprouls
  • Shannon Tedeschi
  • Andrew Walters
  • Grace Wanzer

And another big thank you to the students of Patterson and Patapsco high schools for participating!

This program is showcasing the power of design to ignite change to the general public and business community so please join us in this closing event! To see other programs that are happening in other cities, visit

By AIGA Baltimore
Published August 16, 2010