1. The U.S. Department of Education recently released resources for educators that focus on creating safe and supportive learning environments. As an organization committed to positive school climate, we are excited to share their Resource Package with you – click here.

2. Here at Wide Angle we embrace inclusivity, and we are paying close attention to how changes to healthcare may affect young people, as well as adults and youth with disabilities. For more information, here is a toolkit of webinar information compiled by multiple disability rights organizations. You can also follow our community partner, Disability Rights Maryland.


1. Governor Hogan’s latest budget proposal cuts millions of dollars in education supports to Baltimore. You can contact the Governor and Comptroller to share your voice on why you think these funds are vital for quality educational programming for young people.

2. Recent news indicates that our federal administration may propose to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and absorb the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Each one of those budget actions would have devastating effects to the cultural community. To express your support of the arts & humanities, there are multiple online petitions that you can sign, as well as a mailing list you can join here.

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2018 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery and Common Ground Gallery.

The Gibbs Street Gallery offers exhibitions that explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art. The gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16 ft. ceilings. It is on the street level with floor to ceiling windows along one wall. International, national and local artists are welcome to apply.

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Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show: Destigmatizing Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

First Lady Art Reception 5pm, April 24, 2017
Art Display April 24 to 28, 2017

The Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show is one of two exhibitions in Spring 2017 hosted by Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan as part of a statewide multi-government agency and community partnership to increase public awareness of the need to de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction. The committee for the exhibition is made up of representatives of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Maryland State Arts Council, the New Day Campaign, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Maryland.
By putting the spotlight on artists who through their art and activism raise awareness on issues surrounding mental illness and substance use, the Behavioral Health Awareness Art will elevate the public’s awareness of de-stigmatization in regard to mental illness and substance use. An exhibition of select artists from across the State of Maryland illuminates and celebrates the power of narrative art as a tool in the toolbox for challenging stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction. The exhibition itself will be populated with art works that carry compelling narrative, and the event will celebrate the select artists engaged in anti-stigma work through their art and activism.

Call for Submissions_Behavioral Health Awareness


Exchange residencies are dedicated to exploring emerging local ecologies of contemporary art production in key metropolis. 2015 highlighted Chicago, 2016 focused on Miami and for 2017 we are looking to Baltimore.

The program offers six fellowships (room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) to artists based in the chosen city to participate in an Elsewhere Residency, creating site-specific projects in or around Elsewhere’s 100-year-old building.

The program also serves as an incubator for collaborative creation and critical, experimental artwork, while building networks among a common field of alternative artists and arts organizations.


Elsewhere seeks to curate a dynamic, interdisciplinary artist experience that will generate collaborative formations among local artists from Baltimore and build connectivity between our two cities. The program offers six fellowships to Baltimore artists to participate in the month-long Elsewhere residency happening 8.8 – 9.5.2017.

The Hagerstown Cultural Trail has released two fast track calls at the links below: — interactive sculpture project, Submission deadline is one month away on 2/15/17 and we hope to have sculptures in place by June; open to artists who work or live within 75 miles of Hagerstown; this includes Baltimore and Washington DC and much of Maryland. — a photography project, Submission Deadline is 4/1/17, and the winners will have their photos on the Trail when it opens officially in June, open to all photographers anywhere (novice to pro), but the subjects must be people who live or work in Hagerstown and the photos must be taken in Hagerstown.

The information meeting is only a week away — Thursday, January 19 at Hagerstown City Hall. It looks like the meeting will be streamed live (Facebook and on the local cable channel) for those who can’t make the trip, and a video of the meeting will be posted on YouTube the next day. That said, for many artists it is usually preferable to be in the room.