Ben Stone will officially begin work as executive director of Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District Inc. on Aug. 31.
Stone is an architectural designer and planner at the Baltimore Development Corp. and sits on the board of directors of D center Baltimore.
He has experience in art, design, community engagement and urban planning in the U.S. and abroad. While in graduate school at MIT, Stone focused on the use of arts and entertainment districts as an economic and community development strategy.
Stone succeeds David Bielenberg, who led the organization for the past four years.
Kelsey Addy, a member of Americorps who works as a community organizer with Central Baltimore Partnership, has been serving as interim executive director during the transition.
Education: Master’s in city planning, MIT; B.A. in American studies, Tufts University; BFA in studio art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pikesville High School.
Resides in: The Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden, Baltimore.
Daily commute: Short bike ride down the Jones Falls bike path, with an occasional 30-mile detour through Greenspring Valley or Patapsco State Park when the weather is nice.
Most recent vacation: Currently bicycling 1,800 miles from Vancouver to Tijuana along the Pacific Coast.
Hobbies: Bicycling, cooking, traveling, eating, flanerie.
Favorite book: Ken Kesey’s “Sometimes a Great Notion”
Favorite food: Mushroom Lovers pizza at Joe Squared.