Atop a four-feet-high brick wall in Federal Hill’s Robert Baker Park sits In the Garden by Sam Christian Holmes. The artist and educator at Morgan State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art created the sculpture this past year for the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. The association received a 2017 Transformative Art Prize from Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The 14 feet-tall and 20-feet-wide sculpture illustrates woman and man’s union in the Garden of Eden, with a nod to blacksmithing traditions associated with the African diaspora.

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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.

1. What are your responsibilities as Director of Facilities?

The position oversees all Facilities Staff and provides day-to-day operational, logistical and maintenance to all BOPA facility operations, which includes Top of the World Observation Level, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, The Cloisters and School 33 Art Center. I am charged with creating and maintaining high quality, visitor friendly attractions that run smoothly, and to fulfill its directive of raising revenues.

2. Tell us about the attractions you manage.

The Cloisters is a historic home on 60 acres of property with charming gardens in Lutherville, Maryland. We have hosted multiple private events including the wedding of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. We have also been a site for extensive film projects including Cry Baby, Absolute Power and most recently House of Cards.

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is an iconic landmark in the Baltimore Skyline. The four-sided clock tower is one foot larger than the clock at Westminster, or Big Ben as it is known throughout the world. We host artists, writers and designers, and are home to the largest collection of blue glass in the world. The museum collection is on loan through the generosity of Ernie Dimler.

School 33 Art Center has been a bridge between contemporary artists and the public. Through exhibitions, studios for artists, classes for adults and children, as well as special events and workshops, the center works to insure a vibrant future for contemporary art and artists in Baltimore. The three gallery spaces, multi-use classrooms, permanent, on-site collaborative installations, and an environmentally-friendly outdoor garden fed by a rainwater collection system are examples of School 33’s commitment to maintaining and expanding the potential of our historic building.

Top of the World Observation Level has a spectacular and unforgettable view of Baltimore from the top of the world’s tallest pentagonal building. New exhibits about local landmarks, famous people and “firsts,” and historic events will engage and inspire you to explore more of Charm City.

3. Do you have something that helps your workday? If so, what?

I couldn’t do my job without the Facilities Staff; their enthusiasm, dedication and creativity are what inspire me every day.

4. How does the facilities department create a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors?

Each Facilities Staff member brings their love and appreciation of Baltimore, the arts and history to the experience at each facility. Our visitors experience is the upmost importance to the Facilities Team.

5. How can people rent a facility or an artist studios?

Email me at aapplegarth@promotionandarts.org, or Sarah Wilson at swilson@promotionandarts.org. We gotcha covered.

6. What must-attend events happen this spring?

  • Bromo Museum – a new exhibit All Things Emerson opens on Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • The Cloisters – Open House Plus on Saturday, March 9 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Top of The World – always and every day the views are remarkable
  • School 33- the exhibitions are always fascinating

7. What work did you do before BOPA?

I worked (and still work on occasion) as a production manager in the music business setting up tours, concerts and festivals all over the world. My clients include Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Dave Mathews and the Rolling Stones. I also worked regionally as a location manager in the film industry. I worked as the assistant location manager on John Waters’ Cecil B. Demented … and my boss was none other than Debbie Donaldson Dorsey, BOPA’s director of Baltimore Film Office.

8. What do you do in your time outside of work?

I swim, teach swimming and raise money for cancer research through swimming through the Swim Across America – Baltimore event. I knit and teach kitting, and in return the new knitters knit scarves, mitten and hats for the DGS mitten tree. I love live music and theatre and attend as many live events as possible …

1. Tell us a little about you.

I’m a Baltimore native. I was born in the Pimlico neighborhood. Well, I was born in a hospital but my family lived in Pimlico. I grew up in Northwood and Harford County. After discovering that I really didn’t like college, I joined the Air Force and off I went. I had a pretty cool career in the military. My best day in the Air Force was spent doing barrel rolls in an F4-E. Embarrassing secret time: I love to fly, and I’m terrified of heights. Terrified of heights and I work in a tower—life is weird, eh?

2. What BOPA events or facilities do you volunteer for?

I spend most of my time at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, and have done so since the 2011 centenary celebration. This past summer, I spent my Sundays at the Farmers’ Market & Bazaar. And my year wouldn’t be complete without Artscape and the Book Festival. I enjoy working with the social media team for all the big festivals—Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City.

3. Why is volunteerism important to you?

It is interesting that you would ask that question. When I graduated from University of Baltimore, one of my first positions was as an AmeriCorps VISTA. A big part of my assignment was developing and administering a volunteer service program. After the Air Force and AmeriCorps service, it just seems where I belong. And of course I enjoy working with members of our community, especially when it is in an environment filled with fun and creativity.

4. What is the most unique skill you bring to volunteer opportunities?

During my working career, I rarely worked inside my career field or job description. I learned to figure things out as I went along. My skill is that I actually enjoy working that way.

5. What tips can you give people new to BOPA’s volunteer team?

Get to know the people you’re volunteering with. It is a friendly bunch, and you’ll fit in. You will.

6. What do you do when you are not volunteering?

I’m teaching myself to paint, and work on improving my photography practice.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) relies on the work and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at www.promotionandarts.org/get-involved/volunteer.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), Baltimore City’s arts council, announces applications are available for its arts programs for winter 2019. Applications are open to artists, arts professionals, arts and culture organizations, and community organizations. Application deadlines vary. Applications are available here. BOPA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the arts community through advocacy, arts and cultural activities, and develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. Additional artist opportunities will be available at a later date.

BOPA receives general operating support from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Arts Council and the Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, along with program support from the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and Baltimore City’s Department of Planning.

An information session for the public takes place Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6–8pm at School 33 Art Center, located at 1427 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230. People interested in applying for arts programs can ask questions about available opportunities, eligibility and application requirements, as well as meet BOPA staff.

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School 33 Art Center presents three new exhibitions on view Friday, February 15 through Saturday, April 27, 2019.

THE MOTHER OF INVENTION (Main Gallery) 

By artists Kelley Bell, Albert Birney, Sara Dittrich, Noa Heyne, Marnie Ellen Hertzler & Beth Hoeckel, Chelsea M. Rowe, Aidan Spann, Justin Stafford, Jennie Thwing

A group exhibition of projected experimental video shorts, THE MOTHER OF INVENTION features several artists who incorporate new media in the form of collage, stop motion animation, DIY digital and analog image manipulation, as well as hand-made and found objects in their work. Often eschewing linear narrative, and utilizing music, noise, and homemade sound effects as a priority over dialogue, these works employ a wide range of media in their creation— becoming versatile vehicles for both visual and performance art.

Modern Language (Members Gallery)

“Modern Language” is a solo exhibition of works by Amy Helminiak, a native Baltimore artist, featuring emoji-inspired collages that explore communication in the age of texting and social media. Printed on metal and incorporating symbols collected via Google images, such as Bernie Sanders heads, haircuts and pink elephants, the featured works focus on the artist’s experiences and surroundings. Political observations, humor and personal histories are transmitted collectively, while at the same time embodying a sense of ambiguity that exists within the conversations of today’s culture.

Amy Helminiak received a master of art in photography and design from ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, and a bachelor of fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the TIM Future Centre, Venice, Italy; The Print Center, Philadelphia; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; Cosmos, Arles, France; Can Framis Museum, Barcelona, Spain.

soft obstacle (Project Space) 

Ben Piwowar’s studio practice combines drawing, painting and sculptural strategies, deploying an abstract visual vocabulary to evoke states of vulnerability and flux. With “soft obstacle,” Piwowar populates School 33 Art Center’s Project Space with works on paper and a series of cast abstract forms. The dialogue between objects and drawings sets the stage for a new, improvised installation that will undergo subtle mutations over the course of the exhibition. To develop his work, the artist draws on a trove of salvaged material: studio ephemera, cast-offs from construction sites and things found while walking around the city. He repurposes these fragments through paint application, light carpentry and strategic placement—taking care to preserve, and often underscore, their quirks and subtle irregularities. Piwowar explores the ways that modest interventions can activate and realign a viewer’s experience of a space. Here, the gallery becomes a provisional ecosystem where displaced organisms learn to stand alone, then together, through a made-up logic.