Open Engagement <https://www.facebook.com/openengagementconference> will take place in Pittsburgh April 17-19, 2015. OE 2015: Place and Revolution will feature keynote presenters Emily Jacir and Rick Lowe.

*The call for submissions is now open:*

Open Engagement invites proposals for projects, performances, tours, interventions, presentations, or panel ideas connected to Place and Revolution. Contributors are encouraged to think of ways to work across disciplines,connect peers and colleagues at this conference, and to connect and engage multiple publics. Presentations, projects, and panels that challenge expected conference approaches, for example engaging in multiple forms of learning, creating structures that privilege discussion and interaction and presenting content without the use of standardized visual aids formats are encouraged.

Open Engagement is also asking for submissions to Continuing OE. These can be workshops, discussions, and skill building sessions related to socially engaged art in education, and institutions. This line of programming is also exploring modes of support for the field.

You have until November 17, 2014 to submit. Learn more at:


*About Open Engagement:*

Established in 2007 by artist Jen Delos Reyes, Open Engagement explores various perspectives on art and social practice and expands the dialogue around socially engaged art making. In 2014 OE established a partnership with A Blade of Grass. The

2015 conference is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Sprout Fund, and the Office of Public Art. The conference will highlight the work being done around socially engaged art in the greater Pittsburgh area and further materialize this already developing network, and create a site that will connect these efforts.

ICY Signs Setup

Come for the free signs, stay for the avocado.

Steve Powers & the ICY SIGNS team have arrived and they’re setting up shop now at 224 N Paca St in Lexington Market. In addition to using the sign shop as a staging area for their cross-city mural project, they’ll be making free hand-painted signs for Baltimore businesses starting this week.

In need of a sign? email icybaltimore@gmail.com.

Custom signs take time, so make sure to get your request in early!

Sign Sample




We are pleased to invite you to apply for our 2014 Open Call for Artists!

The application fee for this call is $40.00.  To become a School 33 member and receive a $10 discount, please visit school33.org.   The entry deadline is Friday, October 3, 2014.

Click here to apply now!

Eligibility Guidelines: • Individual artists and collaborative teams working in any medium may apply. • Employees of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are ineligible to apply. • Artists are fully responsible for making all necessary arrangements for the delivery and pick-up of their artwork. • Late and incomplete entries will not be considered.

Complete proposals should include: • 5-10 jpeg images of work (images should represent the artist’s body of work, these will not necessarily be the pieces chosen for the exhibit) • Artists submitting time-based may submit up to 10 minutes of work • Completed Application • Resume • Statement

Juried Exhibit 1, curated by Randall Scott: January 16 – March 21, 2014
Juried Exhibit 2, curated by Karyn Miller: April 3 – May 30, 2014

Jurors: Randall Scott and Karyn Miller

Randall Scott, owner of the contemporary fine art gallery RandallScottProjects which recently relocated from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, has been involved in contemporary art for more than 20 years. Scott’s first gallery TBA opened in 1990 in Los Angeles. What began as a temporary space ran for several years before Scott moved to Eastern Europe to work as an art director in Kiev, Ukraine.  While there, he began to moonlight as a freelance photojournalist, something he does till this day.  In 2006, Scott reopened the gallery in Washington, D.C. and has since moved it to New York and back again. During these travels, Scott has produced some 70 exhibitions, exhibited in too many art fairs and helped start the careers of many artists. RandallScottProjects continues its focus on emerging and mid-career international artists.

Karyn Miller is the Director of Exhibitions at Arlington Art Center, where she curates and coordinates exhibitions and develops creative, collaborative initiatives.  Before AAC, Miller served as gallery director for five years at Conner Contemporary before moving to CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery, where she devoted over six years to collaborating with artists and leading their visual arts program.  She led several off-site public art projects at CulturalDC including Construct, a series of art installations in vacant retail spaces; Sweet, a public art project with artist Nekisha Durrett, and CONNECT 4, a series of installations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. Karyn Miller has served on panels and lectured at a variety of institutions in the region and has curated and juried exhibitions at Civilian Art Projects, Orlando Museum of Art, Gettysburg College, Catholic University and Maryland Institute College of Art.

If you have any questions, contact Quinn Palmer, School 33 Art Center Administrative Assistant, atqpalmer@promotionandarts.org or 443-263-4350.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance invite all to attend the Mayor’s Cultural Town Meeting.  The bi-annual event will take place on Wednesday, October 15 from 6pm to 8pm at the Maryland Historical Society, located at 201 W Monument Street.  Mayor Rawlings-Blake, city officials, arts community leaders and residents will join together to discuss the importance of the arts to the quality of life in Baltimore City.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in this critical dialogue.

The Mayor’s Cultural Town Meeting is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.  

The Call for Submissions for School 33′s Annual LOTTA ART benefit is now open!


Click here for the application!
DEADLINE for registration: September 20, 2014
To learn more about the LOTTA ART event, click here!

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for artists through exhibitions, art classes, workshops, a Studio Artist Program, and special events. School 33 Art Center is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc., and is supported in part by grants from the Mayor and the City Council of Baltimore, the Maryland State Arts Council, and through private contributions to School 33 Art Center.