A man of many hats!
Urban Planning, Design and the Arts
During the day, Justin works as Project Manager with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development: Division of Neighborhood Revitalization. He works predominantly on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, where he’s part of a dynamic team helping small-town America put pipes in the ground, fix up community buildings, and help keep folks housed while loving where they live. At night, Justin is completing his Masters in City & Regional Planning at Morgan State University and is part of a fantastic team leading the Morgan Association of Planning Students. He also serves in the community as a board member of MissionFit, a nonprofit that uses the power of training and exercise to empower Baltimore’s youth to achieve health, belonging, and success. Justin is passionate and excited to combine his interests in community development, wellness and self-empowerment.
Ask Justin about all-things public art and urban design; he’ll nerd out with you. Prior to his work with the State, he worked with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation leading economic and arts programs managing a portfolio of development projects, business consultations, public art commissions, databases, and engaging with the community, including the Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts (and Ales!) Festival. Prior to his work in Hyattsville, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and in Studio Art from University of Maryland-College Park. With a background getting his hands dirty, it’s no wonder that he paints and draws in his free time at night, and has been known to dabble in movement-focused performance art.
Flash back even further, and Justin grew up as a a skinny, high-pitched, asthmatic, artistic kid! All grown up, he’s slightly bigger and finally fits into his clothes! With his focus on community development and an innate passion for empowerment and spirituality, he aims to help other kids (of all ages) discover the joy of community and self through the body and the spirit.
Justin and his family live in Southwest Baltimore on the Catonsville line. Follow Justin on Twitter @soulstrong.
Curious to see his art-in action? Browse his dry media, acrylic painting, and seasonally freelances video performance art at www.justinfair.com. While there, you can also browse his prolific photography and online musings.
Justin Fair’s dry media drawings phrase dark themes with an optimistic silver lining. With a rich palette of innate tones and textures, he explores primal human concepts, like conflict-of-character, childhood joys and spiritual awakening (examples include 2011’s “Jumpers”, 2012’s “Play”, and 2011’s “Shechinah”, respectively).With works like “Sick” (2009), “Catharsis” (2011), and “New Life” (2014), Mr. Fair channels heartfelt concepts stemming from fearful isolation, question, and unknown opportunity into narratives of conquering fear, earnest devotion and capturing joy. His work is autobiographical and an exploration of discipline or the lack there-of.
Justin Fair works as a Project Manager with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development: Division of Neighborhood Revitalization. He works predominantly on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Outside of DHCD, Mr. Fair is completing his Masters in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University, where he keeps his eyes set on Urban Design and GIS. His specialties include project implementation, graphic design, grant writing, database management, and public speaking. He formerly worked with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation for seven years. A graduate of the University of Maryland–College Park with a double-degree in studio art and theatre, Mr. Fair is also a visual artist working in abstract dry media. He focuses in themes such as structural and emotional space/depth in relation to nature and urban settings. When not doing too-much in the arts and community planning, he’s a boardmember of MissionFit in Baltimore, and has been known to sit still at times.