As Baltimore’s Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is committed to focusing on the importance of Census completion within the creative community. The promotional campaign “I’m Creative & I Count” has been implemented into BOPA’s programming and events with the goal of engaging creatives, one of the Census’ hard-to-count populations. By participating in the Census, you give Baltimore’s thriving community of artists, musicians, educators and more the proper representation.

Look for the 2020 U.S. Census invitations in the mail at home and submit your responses this Census Day on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Participation is easy and responses can be submitted online, by mailed paper form, or by calling the Census Bureau.

As part of the “I’m Creative & I Count” campaign, BOPA has distributed brochures, buttons, stickers and information about the importance of the Census. BOPA also spoke with Baltimore-based artists about what it means to be a part of our vibrant creative community.

Take a look at their stories below:

ELI BEN-YAACOV Recording Engineer & Musician
SHARAYNA CHRISTMAS Dancer & Founder of Muse 360 Arts
CRYSTAL MICRIOTTI Mixed Media & Community Artist
DONNA DREW SAWYER, MICHELLE SANTOS & GARY MULLEN
Exploring Baltimore’s Murals

The 2020 Census count determines how more than $675 billion Federal dollars supporting State and Local community programs will be allocated across the country. Baltimore is slated for approximately $900 million annually. Accurate reporting is crucial, as Baltimore loses more than $18,000 in federal funding for every person not counted.  

Participation in the Census is required by law, and responses can be submitted online, by mailed paper form, or by calling the Census Bureau.

For more information on the Census timeline, requirements and how to participate, visit www.promotionandarts.org/about-us/bopa-census and www.2020census.gov.

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