The BMA Salon expands with new online exhibitions from seven more Baltimore-based galleries and artist collectives, providing financial support and visibility to ensure the longer-term success of Baltimore’s arts community. The presentations include images and details about the featured artworks available for purchase, background on the presenting organization, and contact details to access further information. Each gallery and collective will handle their own transactions and keep the proceeds in full. The BMA Salon was established with the vision to cultivate new audiences for participants and enhance their networks. The BMA has provided each participant with $2,500 as an organizing fee to support their work in creating the presentations.
The BMA Screening Room has expanded with 26 new videos by 14 Baltimore-based and Baltimore-born artists, bringing the total to 74 video works created by 35 artists on the website. All of these works will live as part of an evolving online repository, providing increased exposure for the artists during a moment when there are few exhibition opportunities and offering the museum’s audiences new dynamic content with which to engage. The BMA paid each participating artist a licensing fee, ranging from $500 to $750, to feature their work as part of the new platform. The BMAScreening Room is slated to feature 50 artists, adding artists and videos through time.
KEYS Empowers & ART WITH A HEART have teamed together to provide creative therapy sessions for children who have survived these historically traumatic times. Together, they have pulled together Art Boxes to deliver to families across Baltimore in need.
It’s back! Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum online on Friday, July 31, from 10 am until 2 pm for the third annual BDM Youth Conference. This year’s theme is The Black Vote Mural Project. Viewers will experience motivational speakers, spoken word performances, learn ways to use public art as activism, and more.
This virtual summit is dedicated to the empowerment of Maryland’s youth. Now is the time to learn about how you can participate in democracy and be an agent of change in your community. Be encouraged to use your voice to advocate for the change you want to see; your voice counts!
The History of Youth Protest: Dr. David Fakunle – Chair, Maryland Lynching Project
The Power of Social Media: Rashad Stanton – Youth Engagement Specialist, Baltimore City Public Schools
Black Power & Graffiti – Public Art as Activism: Chanel Compton (Keynote) Executive Director, Banneker-Douglass Museum & Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
Protest Books for Young Readers, Baltimore Read Aloud
Breonna Taylor – Black Lives Matter Mural Presentation, Future History Now
Wednesday, July 29 at 6PM: Mecca “Meccamorphosis” Verdell is a world-renowned spoken word poet, author, actress, and creator. ⠀ ⠀ In a time of unprecedented social change, join @meccamorphosis on the Baltimore Museum of Art’s INSTAGRAM LIVE for a conversation on poetry, the importance of expression, and the power of speaking up.
BMA Violet Hour is a series of online programs designed to give viewers an opportunity to relax and connect with artists, makers, and the community through meditations, artist talks, and other interactive experiences.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The
Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce that LaToya
M. Hobbs is the winner of the 2020
Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The coveted $25,000 prize was
presented at a virtual award ceremony on Saturday, July 25, streamed on
BOPA’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
“I am so
excited, so happy and just filled with so much gratitude,” said Hobbs during
the award ceremony. “It is an honor to continue in the tradition of the
Sondheim Award and an absolute pleasure to share my work with you.”
LaToya M. Hobbs (Baltimore, MD) is an artist, wife, and mother of two currently living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BA in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. Hobbs’ work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. She creates a fluid and symbiotic relationship between her printmaking and painting practice producing works that are marked by texture, color and bold patterns. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibits. Hobbs’ work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Other accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award in the Works on Paper category from the Maryland State Arts Council, a 2019 Artist Travel Grant awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore and she is the recipient of a 2020 Artist in Residence award at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA. Additionally, Hobbs devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hobbs’ winning Sondheim Artscape Prize gallery is available for viewing here.
The five remaining finalists – Miguel Braceli, Hoesy Corona, Phylicia Ghee, Muriel Hasbun, and the artist group strikeWare, consisting of Mollye Bendell, Jeffrey Gangwisch, and Christopher Kojzar – each received an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. Semifinalists will be awarded a $500 honorarium, also partially financed by a gift from M&T Bank this year. Works of art by the winner and finalists are on view in a virtual exhibition available at www.promotionandarts.org through Monday, August 31, 2020.
Learn how Artscape co-evolved alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Mount Vernon Cultural District, as well as how the nation’s largest free arts festival is planning to take a summer tradition virtual. BSO VP of Development at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Allison Burr-Livingstone is joined by Kathleen Hornig, Festivals Director & COO of Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts for this timely historical retrospective.