Baltimore is one of 14 cities selected for the 2018 Public Art Challenge, part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 14 finalists who could receive up to $1 million each as part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied with proposals addressing a range of pressing issues and social themes such as community development, environmental sustainability, and cultural identity. Many proposals also address issues like displacement, immigration, natural disaster recovery, and public health and safety. Additionally, the proposals reflect a diverse use of artistic mediums including augmented reality, light installations, murals, and performances.

Baltimore, MD – Enhancing Public Safety by Reducing Violence: “The Baltimore Resurgence Project”

The City of Baltimore proposes creating a series of murals and sustainable landscape projects to address public safety in connection with Baltimore’s Violence Reduction Initiative. The proposed project will be a multi-sector collaboration between the Arts & Parks organization, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice. Learn more here.

Image Credit: Bloomberg Philanthropies 

DowntownDC Public Space Art


Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia
Fee: $0.00
Entry Deadline: 7/8/18
Downtown BID Call Box Project Request for Proposals

The Downtown BID is seeking multi medium visual artists that can include but are not limited to Fine Artists, Street Artists, Graffiti Artists, Metal Workers, and Graphic Artists to design, submit and fabricate original designs to be installed on individual call boxes located in the Downtown area of the District of Columbia. Selected artists not currently residing in the District of Columbia will be required to have a District artist as a project assistant on the instillation.

There are 27 call boxes located downtown. The BID is seeking designs for 9 call boxes in 8 locations.

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has partnered with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) to commission a new piece of public artwork for the interior of the Penn-North Metro station. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 6. Learn more here:

The addition of new artwork is a part of the planned station improvements funded and made possible by North Avenue Rising, a $27.3 million project funded by the US Department of Transportation, Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Interactive Sculpture
Fast Track Public Art Project
Call for Maryland Artists

The City of Hagerstown seeks an artist to create permanent outdoor sculpture(s) for an audience of all ages on the new Hagerstown Cultural Trail. Works should be completed or well underway by Fall 2018. The total budget for the work is $10,000. The call is open to artists living in Maryland only. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

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Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. We welcome and encourage proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including electronic media-based works that can be presented outside. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, buildings, park landscape, community and/or history of the neighborhood. Proposals for works that prompt visitors to return multiple times to experience changes in the piece are encouraged. RoCo welcomes visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to submit a proposal. Download the full RFP document here:  rocopublicartrfp2018.pdf

Here is some information and Frequently Asked Questions about the Municipal Art Society’s Public Art Prize. Please send any questions you may have that are not answered here to

Application Link:

Template for the budget form to send with application: Budget Template – 2018 MASOB Public Art Prize


Who is eligible? Anyone over the age of 18, who lives within 100 miles of Baltimore, Maryland.

Is there an application fee: No.

Can I apply as a group? Yes, but one person will need to be the main contact and to sign the contract should you be awarded the prize.

Who will be deciding the winner of the prize? Board members of the Municipal Art Society

How will the budgets be judged? Before going to the jury, they will be reviewed for feasibility, specifically the amounts entered for rental of equipment, supplies and labor. Artist fees can and should be included but should not exceed 20% of the entire budget.

Where is Herring Run Park? 

Herring Run Park is an urban oasis in Northeast Baltimore—375 acres of woodlands that extends 2.3 miles from Morgan State University to I-895. Originally conceived by the Olmsted Brothers in 1904, Herring Run Park was recommended as a stream valley park extension of Montebello Park (today the Lake Montebello recreation area). The land, while not suitable for other development, was seen as a destination for travelers seeking beautiful scenery and hikers seeking rugged terrain closer to the city. The park is defined by the Herring Run, a lovely stream which meanders through it.

Herring Run

A trail currently extends from the Halls Spring Area (Harford Rd & Argonne Dr.)  to Sinclair Lane, providing opportunities to walk or bike along the stream bed.  A full loop extends from Harford to Belair Road and the trail runs along the South side of the stream from Belair Road to Sinclair Lane. The Herring Run Park Master Plan includes  renovation and expansion of the trail including an underpass that will directly connect the Lake Montebello recreation area to Herring Run Park.  Multiple side hiking trails are available in the section of the park between Harford and Belair Roads.

The Halls Spring area is the most visited section of the park providing the opportunity for picnicking, enjoying a playground, a basketball half-court and views of the stream from a pedestrian bridge over Herring Run.  Father Hooper field (located off Chesterfield Avenue near Harford Road) is the site of numerous ball fields and is often a busy place filled with soccer players and lively games.

In the lower park, playgrounds are located at Brehms Lane and Chesterfield Avenue, and at Parkside Drive near Roberton. A little known section of the park extends behind the Armistead Gardens neighborhood.  This wild and largely unmanaged section of the park has an indulating landscape that reflects its former life as a city landfill.

Herring Run

Herring Run Park is a forested treasure in the middle of Baltimore City.  Great blue heron and white egret often can be seen fishing in Herring Run.  Fox are seen with some frequency and there is a growing population of deer.   Herring Run Park provides a marvelous opportunity for city children and adults to experience the natural world.


Hall Spring access to Herring Run Park will be closed starting in mid-septemeber. No vehicular traffic will be allowed into the park at that location. The playground and basketball courts will be out of commission. In preparation for the removal of the Harford Road Bridge, major gas line work needs to be performed. Construction to install the BGE gas line will begin in September . Hall Springs park will be closed starting Mid-September through Winter 2018. Harford Road Bridge construction currently scheduled for January 2018.

What neighborhoods are near the park? Belair-Edision, Arcadia, Mayfield, Belair-Parkside, and Claremont-Freedom all border the park.

Are there other projects tied to Herring Run Park? Yes! The Friends of Herring Run Park (, The Herring Run Park Archeology Project (, and a Baltimore Heritage history of the park (

Where can projects be proposed for? We are looking to focus on Father Hooper field (located off Chesterfield Avenue near Harford Road), but will be open to other sites throughout the park, except near Hall Springs, which will not be accessible due to construction of the Harford Road bridge.

Is there electricity on site? No, you should budget in the rental of a generator if needed for your project.

How do you define Public Art? We are working from the Americans for the Arts’ definition: “Public art is exactly that, art in public spaces. The term “public art” may conjure images of historic bronze statues of a soldier on horseback in a park. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales—and can be temporary or permanent. Public art can include murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media, and even performances and festivals!”

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