The Town of North Beach is placing a call for entries for SUNRISE: A Celebration of the Arts which takes place Saturday, July 22, 20176 from 12 to 6 pm. The location of the event is along the beautiful Chesapeake Bay which borders Bay Avenue in North Beach, Maryland. SUNRISE: A Celebration of the Arts is an OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION and an ART FESTIVAL. Entries for the SCULPTURE COMPETITION and the ART FESTIVAL must be made separately. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED! Please see the attached Call For Entries for complete details!

::OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION: The Town of North Beach is seeking approximately FIVE outdoor sculptures to be displayed for one year at the Sunrise Garden located at the corner of 3rd Street & Bay Avenue. Prizes: 1st Place $1,000; 2nd Place $750; 3rd Place $500; 4th Place $250; 5th Place $100

::ART FESTIVAL: The Town of North Beach is seeking juried artists to display at the SUNRISE: A Celebration of the Arts festival. This festival will be held in conjunction with the Annual MD Wineries Association event, DRINKMARYLAND. Prizes: 1st Place $500; 2nd Place $250; 3rd Place $100


Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights
Public Art Tribute, Boston, MA

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Deadline: Thu, 5/25/17, 11:59pm MST
The Art Selection Committee of the Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights Public Art Tribute project invites artists, also in collaboration with landscape designers, to forward public art qualifications for an innovative, permanent public art installation that will serve as a tribute to civil rights. The tribute is envisioned to be an abstract work of public art dedicated to the movement rather than a representation dedicated to individual persons or events. The selection process will lead to the identification of four artists/teams who will develop initial proposals for a $2,500 honorarium each for initial concept development and presentations. The anticipated budget is $200,000-250,000.


  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you were before joining BOPA

Before joining BOPA I was a touring author. I had just written a book called “Provenance” and was on the book tour circuit. I started the book eight years ago, and it was published at the beginning of 2016. I’ve been a museum administrator working at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in D.C., and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. I was also a vice president for the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, North Carolina. So I’ve spent the better part of two decades either raising money for the arts or working in the arts and directly raising money within an institution. So it’s been an interesting journey. I came originally from the corporate world. I was with AT&T and Young & Rubicam advertising. After getting some experience with some arts donations we did with Young & Rubicam, I decided I wanted to work in the nonprofit world. But my first job in the nonprofit world was with Sesame Street. I was their Director of Communications. I worked there for a couple of years until my husband took a position in Norfolk, Virginia and that’s when I joined the art community.

  1. What led to your decision to join BOPA?

The mission [of BOPA] was the number one reason, and number two was the people. I always said if I take a position it has to be with people I want to hang out with every day. That was the overarching decision for me.

  1. As Chief of External Affairs, what is the main thing that you will be handling or will be focused on?

My main areas are communications and development, and everything that that entails. Right now my main objective is to find a new development director for BOPA. Really my first order of business is to see where we are and what is going on within the organization.

  1. With your help, where do you see BOPA in the next three to five years?

I would like to see BOPA have a better brand. So that when you say BOPA, people know what you’re talking about, and anticipate that anything BOPA does is the level of quality that we have already established that they’re just not aware of. So my overarching objective is the branding of BOPA not only in Baltimore, but nationally and internationally as well. Because we have great product, people just don’t know it’s ours. As I said, I started off in advertising with Young & Rubicam, and one thing about working at a Madison Avenue advertising agency is it’s all about brand.

  1. You wrote the book “Provenance” in 2016 and the main character in your novel is an art collector in the 1930s. Tell me more about the storyline.

“Provenance” is about a young man who finds out at the age of 17 he isn’t who he thought he was. He grew up believing he was a wealthy, privileged young white boy and then his father was hurt in an accident; and as he was dying told his family he had been passing all these years. It starts in 1917 when you find out why the father did what he did and then in 1930 is when the young man finds out who he really is. He flees to Europe because he lives in Richmond in the segregated South, and then he gets in with the art crowd in Paris in between World War I and World War II and becomes a renowned art collector. It’s really a coming of age story and it’s also a story about how art heals. The main character’s name is Lance Henry Withers, and his timeline is filled with historical characters that are real and mixed with fictional characters.

  1. Was “Provenance” your first novel?

Yes. I had never written fiction before. I had this idea in my head and was like, ok this is a book. There was a writing center in Bethesda where I lived, so I just signed up for a class: “Advanced Novel Writing and Memoir” – and I had never written fiction.  I had written plenty of non-fiction before – a lot of press releases, white papers, backgrounders, everything – but never fiction.  I had to have 35 pages of a working novel to get into this class. So I sat down and wrote 35 pages and got into the class, and from there, the book came. I found five other writers who were about the same stage I was, we formed a writing group, and we shepherded each other through our books. I think in order to be a good writer observation is key, but that’s also true with art, communications, and development.

  1. What is your favorite event that BOPA produces? Or your favorite location that BOPA manages?

Well, it’s gotta be Light City right now. I think what I like the most about Light City is how much of the arts it encompasses. It’s the intellectual part with the Labs; the visual part with the art; it’s the community – all the things that the arts do for a place or people, Light City does. So I have to say, so far, I like it. I like that all of BOPA’s programs are so inclusive. Having worked at the Hirshhorn which was very exclusive – this is my preference. I want to see how art touches people. Walking around the harbor and seeing people react to the art installations was just addictive. The only thing I like better than that is talking to the artists, and them telling me what they’re experiencing and how they’re communicating that to the rest of the world.

2017 Rubys Artist Project Grants
in Literary Arts and Visual Arts

Attention painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, and writers! The Rubys are project-based funding of up to $10,000 for regional artists at any stage of their career to support the creation of innovative artistic projects.

Application opens for proposals: June 1, 2017
Deadline to apply: July 31, 2017

Learn more at the grants at:

Attend a grant workshop to learn about the application process as well as about general grantwriting tips and strategies. The workshop lasts about an hour and had ample opportunity for questions from artists. Workshops are open to all and free to attend. Upcoming grant workshops have been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, June 6 @ 6pm
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave, 3rd floor, Baltimore 21201

Monday, June 12 @ 6pm
Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City 21043

Thursday, July 13 @ 6pm
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave, 3rd floor, Baltimore 21201

RSVP for a workshop here.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency
Deadline Approaching!
Apply now for the opportunity to become a Creative Fellow

Image: Studio barns at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Photo credit: Margaret Ingraham.

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through its Creative Fellowships program, annually supports residencies for writers, composers, and visual artists at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The visiting artist is provided with a private studio, room and board, and the company of other artists from around the nation, for an intensive period of self-guided creative exploration and development. In addition to sponsorship support, a modest travel subsidy is awarded to the selected artist.Interested artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia should apply directly to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. For residencies occurring in the 2017 calendar year, support is still available for artists from Delaware and West Virginia. Artists interested in being considered should apply directly to the colony. More information is available here.

The next deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation also provides support for residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts through its Creative Fellowships program for artists residing in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Want to learn more about the Creative Fellowships?  We’ve updated our website with a program overview and FAQ page. For more information, please click here.

Image: Studio barns at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Photo credit: Margaret Ingraham.

The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and was designed to increase the participation of groups that have been historically underrepresented, particularly those of color, in the management of cultural and artistic organizations.

UALP is a pipeline for high achieving young leaders (college seniors or recent graduates) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to this goal. The Program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. Equally important, UALP offers Fellowship Host organizations tools and training that support institutional changes that encourage greater equity and inclusion.

The development of UALP has been guided by community input and the participation of more than 30 administrators from partnering cultural organizations. It is an immediate response to the needs of early career professionals and is meant to strengthen the cultural field.