Baltimore celebrates the Preakness Stakes, horse racing’s second jewel of the Triple Crown, with a week of fun and interactive festivities. Race to Preakness: A Baltimore Celebration features Happy Hours in Center Plaza, Pee Wee Preakness for youngsters, Downtown Lunchtime Happenings and a Pre-Preakness Inner Harbor Party with a fireworks finale. Race to Preakness: A Baltimore Celebration is presented by the City of Baltimore and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Additional support is provided by Maryland Jockey Club, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Lexington Market and WBAL-TV.

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) continues to highlight longtime volunteers for National Volunteer Week. Ending on Saturday, April 13, National Volunteer Week honors individuals who have given their time and service to organizations. To learn more about National Volunteer Week, please visit their website: https://www.pointsoflight.org/nvw/

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: How did you get started volunteering for BOPA?

James Adams: I’ve been volunteering at BOPA for about 14 years. Believe it or not, I saw the volunteer opening on the website. I knew about Artscape and I said, “Okay, let’s try this.”

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Kimberly Shorter at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Photo by Megapixels Media

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) celebrates volunteer contributions during National Volunteer Week, Sunday, April 7 through Saturday, April 13, 2019. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week praises individuals who have given their time and service to communities. This week, BOPA joins organizations globally by sharing stories from veteran volunteers. Visit National Volunteer Week’s website to learn more: https://www.pointsoflight.org/nvw/

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: How did you get started volunteering for BOPA?

Kimberly Shorter: I started with Artscape 2008. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do something that I’ve never done before. I thought Artscape would be a great opportunity to do that, meet some new people, be part of the city’s excitement and be part of something great. My first assignment – I will never forget – was at the Baltimore Theatre Project. I was supposed to hand out programs, but then I was moved outside where it was 107 degrees.

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Artscape

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces its events schedule for spring and summer 2019. Spring includes the 42nd season opener of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in April, followed by a mega summer with Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration, Artscape, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Artscape Gallery Network and the SoBo Summer Music Series in June and July. Additionally, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, The Cloisters, School 33 Art Center, and Top of the World Observation Level are open to the public with events throughout the year. Festivals, exhibitions and special events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Events are produced by BOPA and supported in part by grants from the city of Baltimore and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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Baltimore City Sunday Farmers Market under JFX

The 42nd opener of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar offers a can’t-miss food experience! The market produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) begins Sundays April 7 through December 22, 2019 from 7am to noon, located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway. On opening day, the first 100 visitors to the Welcome Tent receive a market tote bag; young musicians with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids perform starting at 9:30am; and BOPA’s Brand Ambassadors hand out giveaways and news on BOPA’s events and programs.

The annual market features a variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and seafood, breads, plants and made-to-order food, in addition to handmade accessories, vintage clothing, natural bath and body products, home furnishings, souvenirs and original works of art. Marketgoers’ favorites return for the 2019 season as well as new food and bazaar vendors: Brooklyn Farm, Cajou Cream, DanCandle, Frog Farm Arts, Glass Adornments, Guacamole Specialists, Hemp and Healthy, Lucky Bat Paper Co., Lucky Bean Jewelry, Miller Productions, NEGUS CRE8, Sagamore Spirit, SamunTea Shop, Sporty Dog Creations, Tavon’s Beard Butter, The Salad Lady, Utopian Dreamer, and Victorine Q Adams Community Garden.

Additionally, throughout the year, marketgoers who receive FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program, both WIC and Senior) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) may access these federal nutrition benefits, as well as matching dollars through the Maryland Market Money program.

Each Sunday from May to December, the market holds a First Sundays event with giveaways, discounts, crafts and special guests, vendors and organizations. The 2019 themes include: Bike to Market Day (May 5), Nurse Appreciation Day (June 2), Independent Women (July 7), First Responder Day (August 4), Back to School Teacher Appreciation (September 1), Fall Harvest (October 6), Meet the Farmers (November 3) and Holiday Art Expo (December 1).

Also during the first Sunday of each month from May to October from 9:30am to 11am, the market hosts free Chef Egg Live: Farmers’ Market Family Classes supported by the Bright StARTS program, proceeded by a shopping tour of the market. Visit Eventbrite for online registration. Plus, the market features a new Pop-up Farmers and Food Vendors program where businesses have an opportunity to sell their products to thousands of marketgoers throughout the year. Interested farmers and food vendors with availability for four consecutive Sundays in a month may apply in advance until November 2019. Applications for the pop-up vendor program are available at www.promotionandarts.org. Additional new and returning programs include: Composting Drop-off Zone with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability; Ask a Farmer; fresh food cooking demonstrations; Master Gardener; and Wilde Thyme cooking demonstrations.

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is produced by BOPA and supported by the Mayor and City of Baltimore.

2018 Sondheim Semifinalist Exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the semifinalists for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Twenty-four artists have been selected for the semifinal round by 2019 jurors Laylah Ali, Regine Basha and William Powhida. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. A semifinalists’ exhibition kicks off Artscape weekend, July 19–21, 2019. Finalists for the competition are announced mid-April 2019.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists

  • Negar Ahkami, Arlington, VA
  • Stephanie Barber, Baltimore, MD
  • Akea Brionne Brown, Baltimore, MD
  • Amanda Burnham, Baltimore, MD
  • Call Your Mom, Baltimore, MD
  • Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Havre de Grace, MD
  • Zoë Charlton, Baltimore, MD
  • Mina Cheon, Baltimore, MD
  • Schroeder Cherry, Baltimore, MD
  • Bobby Coleman, Baltimore, MD
  • Nicole Dyer, Baltimore, MD
  • Christine Ferrera, Baltimore, MD
  • Phylicia Ghee, Randallstown, MD
  • Gun Show Project (Richard Chisolm & David Hess), Baltimore, MD
  • Taha Heydari, Baltimore, MD
  • Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper, Baltimore, MD
  • Sara Kaltwasser, Baltimore, MD
  • Khanh Le, Washington, DC
  • Tsedaye Makonnen, Washington, DC
  • Jackie Milad, Baltimore, MD
  • Nara Park, Washington, DC
  • Antoinette Suiter, Baltimore, MD
  • Stephen Towns, Baltimore, MD
  • Stephanie Williams, Washington, DC

The finalists’ exhibition is on view Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St. An award announcement and reception takes place Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm at the Walters. Galleries open at 10am. Admission to the exhibition and opening reception are free. Each finalist not selected for the fellowship is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500.