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.

The Grit Fund (TGF) provides monetary awards–up to $7,000–to encourage the development and presentation of projects that contribute to the vibrancy and advancement of Baltimore’s arts and cultural landscape. 

The Grit Fund is a project specific award that prioritizes artistic initiatives that present opportunities for artists, cultural organizers and community members to develop unexpected collaborations that investigate place and space. We accept proposals from unincorporated artist-led initiatives that utilize the visual arts as a means to produce collaborative public facing projects. 

Baltimore based artists age 21 and over are eligible to apply. Grit Fund projects must be based in Baltimore City or County and be accessible to the general public. Funded activities may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, publications, public events, public/place-based art, film screenings, the ongoing work of an existing arts venue or collective, and the founding of a new arts venue or collective. 

HISTORY: The Grit Fund was established in Baltimore in 2015 by The Contemporary (TC) with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as a part of the Regional Regranting Program–which “aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country.” Under the stewardship of The Contemporary (2015-2017), the Grit Fund granted over 30 Baltimore specific, artist-organized projects, totaling over $170,000 in three rounds of funding. In 2018 the Andy Warhol Foundation partnered with Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation to steward the Grit Fund through the 2019-2020 grant cycles. 

IMPORTANT DATES

APPLICATION OPEN: MONDAY, FEB. 4TH – SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2019

INFORMATION SESSIONS: THE GRIT FUND APPLICATION TOOL KIT & WORK HOUR

SATURDAY, FEB. 16TH, 12pm-2pm & WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27TH, 6pm-8pm

SATURDAY, MAR. 16TH, 12pm-2pm & WEDNESDAY, MAR. 27TH, 6pm-8pm

To find out more information about the Grit Fund, including our program guidelines and eligibility, our application toolkit, FAQ’s, and more, please visit gritfund.org. If you have any questions please contact Program Manager Khadija Nia Adell at thegritfund@baltimoreartsrealty.comYou can find us on social media @thegritfund. 

What is the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship?

At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through an environment of learning, access, collaboration and support.

2019/2020 fellowship dates: September 9, 2019 to June 26, 2020

Mandatory Orientation: September 10, 2019 to September 11, 2019

Location: Halcyon Arts Lab, 1801 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007

Who is a good fit for the program?

Emerging artists who are interested in further developing a socially-engaged practice and creating lasting connections and partnerships in Washington, DC.

When is the deadline?

Applications are due by 5PM EST on April 4, 2019

Why should you apply?

Fellows accepted into the program will have access to the following:

  • Dedicated studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice
  • A competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs
  • Nine months of off-site residential accommodation (eligible for non-DC residents only)
  • A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques
  • Opportunities for mentorship and studio visits from experienced art professionals
  • Collaboration and networking with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs and our program partner organizations in Washington, DC
  • Opportunity to participate and present at By the People, an international arts and dialogue festivalLearn more and apply online on halcyonartslab.org

The Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, Maryland, announces the 2019 National Juried Exhibit. All media are eligible, including but not limited to: painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, drawing, and sculpture. Click here to submit your artwork for consideration.

Exhibit dates: May 4 – June 16, 2019

About the Juror: Sandy Guttman, Curatorial Assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C., will serve as the exhibit juror. She has worked with Aspect/Ratio Projects, Bodies of Work, and Gallery 400. She is a founding editor of the arts and culture publication FWD: Museums.

Awards: First Place – $1,000; Second Place – $500; Third Place – $250; and Honorable Mention – $125

Fee: $35 per artist for up to three (3) images ($25 if artist is a current member of the Delaplaine)

Number of Pieces: Artists may submit up to (3) pieces (in JPEG format) for consideration. One digital image of each entire piece is required; for three dimensional works, up to two detail images per piece are allowed (with a maximum of 9 images per proposal).

Deadline for Entries: Monday, March 25, 2019 11:59 PM

The list of accepted works for the 2019 National Juried Exhibit at the Delaplaine will be posted in April.

Call for Proposals: Themed Exhibition Series “Self”

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts is calling for exhibition proposals for the Open Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center that address the theme, “Self.”
Four exhibitions will be scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year. For the 2019-2020 season, we are seeking artists who explore contemporary ideas of Self Portraiture; engaging with the self through either representational or conceptual means.

The deadline for “Self” proposals is March 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Gallery floor plan | Prospectus |  Go to Application ]

If you have questions about these calls for proposals, please contact Katherine Knight, katherine.knight@montgomerycollege.edu.

Call for Artists: https://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions/opportunities.html

Homegrown Tenor Sings Puccini at Peabody, by Matt Ward

Baltimore native Daniel Sampson drinks a lot of water.

“So far today, it’s before noon and I’ve already drank more than half a gallon,” Sampson said, laughing, in a recent interview.

Sampson, 26, is a singer—a tenor—so, he has to take care of his voice day in and day out. Right now, he’s a section head in the choir at Zion Church of the City of Baltimore (near City Hall), he’s getting ready to play the role of Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and he’s pursuing a master’s in voice at Peabody Conservatory. It sounds like an intense program, but Sampson comes across as a calm, upbeat, even-keeled. For his instrument to work its best, he says, he has to be.

image courtesy of Edward S. Davis

“For me, the two keys are hydration and relaxation,” Sampson says. “I try to make sure that I feel good, and then I just try to relax and not get too worked up about things.” Recalling a recent conversation with a Peabody classmate, he adds: “If things are going really bad for him, he can put his clarinet down and walk away for a few hours and come back to it. For me, I live with my voice. It’s also just a lot of love an acceptance, too. You have to accept: this is where I am, this is where I am today. But that’s what technique is for, too, to make sure your voice is pretty dependable.”

Sampson is working to hone that technique with husband and wife team Stanley Cornett (voice teacher) and Eileen Cornett (opera coach). “The way the conservatory is set up,” Sampson explains, “is you spend a lot of one-on-one time with your teachers and your coaches. You find a problem and they give you ideas how to fix it, then you come back hopefully better the next day than you were the one before.”

Asked whether the small campus at Mt. Vernon ever starts to feel like a fishbowl, populated as it is with high caliber musicians who inevitably have to compete for positions, Sampson explains his antidote: he lives in Federal Hill—so, at the end of the day, he is able to separate himself a bit. On campus, though, he tries to be happy for the successes of his classmates, and hopes they’ll return that vibe when he does well. “The environment is very collegial here,” he explains. “That doesn’t mean that it’s not intense. You’re being pushed to do things that you’ve never done before, you’re being pushed to be at the highest level that you can possibly be. For me, I’m not competing against anyone else here—I am bettering myself.”

Sampson grew up in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hunting Ridge, not far from the city/county line in Catonsville. His parents, both lawyers, did not play music, but some uncles did. His earliest musical memory is of listening to the choir at Morning Star Baptist Church. “I didn’t necessarily participate in the music ministry,” Sampson says. “I just watched.” In high school at Loyola Blakefield, he sung in the choir and performed in musicals. He got his bachelor’s in music education and voice from Loyola University New Orleans; then, after graduating, he stayed in New Orleans, teaching music at a Catholic School before taking a job as music director at church. When he decided he wanted to go to grad school for voice, he applied to Peabody. Coming back home to Baltimore, Sampson says, was important.

“It helps that my family’s here,” he says. “I lived in New Orleans for seven years, and I had to plan out for a very long time when I was going to see my family. And now if I want to go home for dinner at my parents’ house, I can just get in my car and be there in 20 minutes.”

Long term, Sampson sees himself teaching at the university level. But, he likes performing, too. So far, he’s been Monostatos in The Magic Flute and Lamar in Godspell; he’s been a soloist in Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. When we spoke for this article, he was getting ready for a nine-hour rehearsal ahead of his appearance next weekend in the Puccini opera at Peabody.

“We’ve been prepping for this for quite a while,” Sampson says. “I’ve been looking at this role on an off since at least the summertime. Now that I know it really well, it’s all about making sure that everything lines up with the voice. It’s really about endurance.”

Peabody Conservatory’s production of the three-part Puccini opera, Il Trittico, will take place Thursday through Sunday, March 7 through 10. Admission is free.

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 …