The One Conference for All the Arts in Maryland 

The Maryland Arts Summit is the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.

The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arts Advocates
  • Arts Educators & Teaching Artists
  • Independent Artists
  • Arts Organizations
  • Youth
  • Community Stakeholders

The Virtual Convening will now take place on
Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29

Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools 

For questions about the Summit, please email

MSAC has two upcoming Professional Development webinars.

Online Arts Learning Platforms
April 13th, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This webinar will cover how arts educators and teaching artists can use various technologies for online classes, courses, and short form lessons. The webinar will feature a panel of experts about how to use three specific platforms for online learning (Jumprope, Kadenze, and Canvas.) After the presentations, MSAC will share a crowdsourced list of arts education online resources. Webinar access link here.

Funding Public Art Now!
April 20th, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This information session is for artists and organizations interested in applying for the Public Art Across Maryland grant, offering up to $10,000 for either temporary or permanent projects. Recent grant recipients will discuss how they have adjusted to the challenges of implementing public projects amid the  pandemic, and why they feel public art is still important. We will also look at examples of projects that can serve to inspire the public in times of uncertainty and social-distancing. Webinar access link here.

Reaching New Heights by S. Rasheem; Photo Credit: Asha Holmes; Art@Work, 2018; 4800 block of Pimlico Rd.

Despite all the bad news we endure during this health crisis, there is some good news. Many are discovering friends and partners have their backs. Individuals and organizations within the community are neighbors helping neighbors. Landlords and creditors are waiving rents and payments, there are food and diaper drives, Baltimore City is ensuring that children are fed and neighbors who never knew each other run errands for those who need support.

We are also joining together to celebrate our strong Baltimore spirit with the arts—vibrant chalk drawings appear on sidewalks, an impromptu choir sings from the front steps of their homes, young artists display their work in the front windows of their homes and yesterday, I even saw a teddy bear dressed to go to the opera. Visual, literary and performing artists are taking to the Internet to entertain and enlighten us. Even though we can’t gather the arts can still amaze and engage.

The arts community is also coming together to support our own. A grassroots movement sprang up to become a full-fledged coalition of arts groups to support artists from many disciplines who lost commissions, contracts, or had scheduled performances cancelled and don’t qualify under the current rules for unemployment or government support. These are the people that give Baltimore its cultural soul. They need and deserve our support for all that they give to enliven our City. The Baltimore Artist Emergency Fund launches this week and BOPA is proud to be just one of the many organizations involved.

You can read more about the fund, the amazing people who brought the fund to fruition and how you can support our community artists in this week’s newsletter or on the BOPA website. This partnership BOPA is privileged to be a part of is not just about the funding, it is about creating an environment where the arts community knows that we’ll always have their backs—not just now but always.

Donna Drew Sawyer

CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Call for Entry

SEEN: 20 Years of Baltimore Music Photography

Application Deadline: Saturday, July 18

SEEN: 20 Years of Baltimore Music Photography will highlight photography, as well as video, show posters, and ephemera that relates to the past 20 years of Baltimore music history. The show will feature local musicians and creators from all musical genres and backgrounds (from local bands that broke big like Future Islands and Beach House, to fallen artists like K-Swift and Lor Scoota, to genre definers like Scottie B and DJ Class). 

THE GOAL is to present a comprehensive and culturally inclusive overview of Baltimore’s vibrant music scenes from the year 2000 through 2020 by showcasing as many different genres, cultures, and forms of representation as possible. SEEN is curated by local photographers J.M. Giordano, Josh Sisk with a panel comprised of members of the Baltimore music community.

MAP will open the show September 10 – November 14 in collaboration with WTMD Towson Radio. Promotions are scheduled to kick off at TMD on August 13.

Note: There will be satellite partners hosting extensions of the MAP show. Those venues currently include: Metro Gallery, Ottobar, The Crown, Sidebar and Union Craft Brewing. For more details on these sites, please contact their representative site manager. 

MAP is seeking photography, videos, posters and other ephemera from 2000-2020 with an emphasis on earlier works 2000-2005, though all submissions will be equally valued. 

Release Call to Artists: Friday, April 3
Application Deadline: Saturday, July 18, 5pm
Deliberation: July 20- August 1
Selected Artists Contacted: Week of August 3
Artists Announced & Pre-Production Begins: August 10 – 29
Installation: September 1 – 9
Opening Reception: September 10, 6pm


Application Deadline: Saturday, July 18, 2020

NOTE: Submission must be sent electronically to

For the full prospectus click HERE 

Artists and arts organizations are critical to Baltimore’s culture and economy and have been significantly impacted by the rapidly evolving Coronavirus pandemic. In response, the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District will assist artists from varying creative industries with financial support. The Bromo Artist Relief Fund is specifically for artists whose place of business and/or home is located within the geography of the Bromo District.

Applications open on April 3rd and will close on Friday, April 17th at 5pm. Grants will be awarded the week of April 27th. Twenty $500 grants will be made available to artists working in all disciplines. Mimicking the newly launched “Boston Relief Fund”, giving parameters are as follows:

The fund will be open for but not limited to the following uses:

Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
  • Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities

Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
  • Artist Residencies
  • Touring

Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

Support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry who have lost supplemental income used to support their creative practices.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements. If eligible, applicants will receive a number that enters them into the grant lottery. Awardees will then be chosen through a randomized selection process. All awardees and applicants will receive notification from the Bromo Arts District organization the week of April 27th.

Please click here to view current Bromo District boundaries.


This grant program is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and The City of Baltimore.

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers,designed by Americans for the Arts,to better identify and address the needs of artists.

To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:

  • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
  • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 21 years of age or older;
  • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
  • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
  • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed. Learn more by reviewing this FAQ. To apply, click here

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