Society’s Cage; Photo Credit: Tiffany Thompson

Society’s Cage: What is the value of a Black life in America?

Society’s Cage, an experiential public art installation, is now exhibited on War Memorial Plaza, at 101 North Gay Street, through Friday, October 30, 9 AM – 9 PM daily.

Created by SmithGroup architects Dayton Schroeter and Julian Arrington, in the aftermath of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Society’s Cage highlights the historic forces of racialized state violence in America.

500 hanging steel bars form a cavernous cube with a habitable void, allowing visitors to experience the symbolic weight of institutional racism. A commissioned soundscape offer an emotive experience designed to build empathy and understanding.

Share your experience with us on social media with #SocietysCage.

Individuals interested in volunteering as a docent for Society’s Cage, please contact BOPA for more information.

Society’s Cage is a signature event of Free Fall Baltimore, presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council, produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with programming support from the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore). 

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The winners of the 2020 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize have been announced!

Congratulations to Schroeder Cherry and Hoesy Corona, who will each receive $6,000 in funding for travel essential to their studio practice.

The fifth annual Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City.

Schroeder Cherry plans for six days of travel to Salvador, Brazil to study African diaspora in paintings, murals and assemblage art. The experience would expand Cherry’s knowledge of Black images, historic and contemporary, in the city with the largest African diaspora population outside Africa. Cherry’s work depicts Black diaspora experiences in the US.

Hoesy Corona will travel to Yuriria, Guanajuato, Mexico and the surrounding rural town of Tierra Blanca to inform a new body of work tentatively titled “Acts of Liberation”. The series will draw from Corona’s personal experiences as a queer-Mexican-immigrant to poetically consider how immigrants thrive in a new place despite their unique circumstances.

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An emergency lifeline for nonprofits in Baltimore

From youth development to providing a helping hand to neighbors experiencing homelessness, nonprofit organizations play a critical role in helping Baltimore residents build a good life. Nonprofits in Baltimore responded quickly to the coronavirus pandemic to continue crucial services, and many have seen unplanned costs as a result of the public health crisis. Mayor Young created the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund to provide a critical lifeline to Baltimore nonprofit organizations faced with unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This one-time, $5 million fund supports nonprofit organizations by reimbursing them for unplanned costs incurred since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Through the Nonprofit Relief Fund, Baltimore City is one of a few places in the country prioritizing financial support for nonprofit organizations with federal CARES Act funding.

The application for the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund is now open through 11:59 p.m. on November 20, 2020.

Read More and Apply Here.

Calls for Artists at Maryland HBCU Campuses

The Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Public Art Initiative has announced two open Calls for Artists for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy & Health Professions, and the Coppin State University College of Business. The projects are the first Maryland Public Art Initiative public artworks on Maryland HBCU campuses. 

Both Calls to Artists are open to any artist or artist team living in the United States. Artists with a connection to HBCUs and/or residents of Maryland are especially encouraged to apply. Information on each project and how to apply below. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally. This initiative directly supports our community of artists through providing unrestricted aid.

The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in the following 20 cities across the United States: Atlanta, Austin/San Antonio, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Hudson Valley (NY), Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, St Louis, and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul). These funds are meant to support artists in continuing their work however they see fit in this difficult moment.

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Torrance Hall: Baltimore, MD Summer Grant Recipient – Photography

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on the Innovate Grant website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Category:Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: December 10, 2020
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 Grants

Apply Online Today
https://innovateartistgrants.org

The Sensational Royal Lights, 2018 Heritage Award recipients. Photo by Edwin Remsberg.

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) seeks panelists to review 2021 Heritage Award nominations. The Heritage Awards recognize long-term achievement in traditional arts, or community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Awards annually recognize one recipient in each of three categories: Person/People, Place, and Tradition.

Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to support the traditional arts while also learning about MSAC granting processes. The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 22, at 11:59PM.

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