Some images of the dedication of two murals by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at Warner St, between M&T Bank Stadium and the city’s new Horseshoe Casino. The projects were designed and completed by Baltimore-based artists Richard Best, Stefan Ways & Pablo Machioli and Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn.









Residency Unlimited Co-sponsored Visual AIDS Residency

March 2015

A one-month residency, to take place in March of 2015, in New York City for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited, the curatorial residency seeks to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art.

Residency Unlimited will provide the curator with customized administrative and network support, shared office space at 360 Court Street in Brooklyn and a venue for a public program (lecture/screening/discussion) defined in conjunction with RU and Visual AIDS. Concurrently, the resident curator will conduct research at Visual AIDS in the Archive Project and online Artists Registry. The Visual AIDS office is located in the Chelsea art district in New York City. The Archive and Registry at Visual AIDS holds over 20,000 images by approximately 662 artists living with HIV and those who have passed away. Studio visits with artists from the Archive Project are strongly encouraged. The resident curator is invited to create an online exhibition to be hosted by Visual AIDS (see Visual AIDS monthly Web Galleries at:

The resident curator will be invited to produce a free, public event co-hosted by RU and Visual AIDS. Panel discussions, film screenings, performances, or a lecture highlighting the curator’s use of Visual AIDS’ resources or a presentation of international cultural production around HIV/AIDS are examples of potential programs.

The residency includes round-trip transportation to New York City, accommodations and $1000 stipend.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. English speaking and writing skills are required

Please submit a C.V. and a Statement of Purpose (maximum 2 pages) outlining your goals for the residency, and any past or current projects that have led you to cultural investigations around HIV/AIDS. Special consideration will be given to applicants living outside of NYC from locations without support for cultural production about AIDS, LGBT, and gender issues.

Applications are due November 7, 2014. Applicants will be notified by December 8, 2014

The one-month residency must take place between March 1 and March 31, 2015

For more info, please click here.


CRP Community Info Session on October 29th, 6:30- 9pm, at the Baltimore Design School! RSVP HERE

Baltimore Design School
1500 Barclay St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

About Critical Response Process (CRP)

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process is a widely-recognized method that nurtures the development of artistic works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, CRP has been embraced by artmakers, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, museums and more. CRP has deepened dialogue between artists and audiences; it has enhanced learning between teachers and students. By extension it has proven valuable for all kinds of creative endeavors, work situations, and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts, from kindergartens to corporations.

Liz has led dozens of Critical Response workshops and intensives on four continents. A few recent examples include intensives at the University of Georgia, to theater practitioners in both Ireland and Scotland, and with the Blue Touch Paper new-works series of the London Sinfonietta. In 2013 she traveled to Australia to teach CRP intensives on both coasts.

CRP in Baltimore

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is excited to be bringing Critical Response Process (CRP) training to Baltimore. As part of GBCA’s professional development services and with support from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Ms. Lerman and her colleague and co-author John Borstel will personally conduct all training sessions.

On Wednesday, October 29, Liz Lerman will lead a free, introductory session on Critical Response Process for 75 to 80 participants. Individuals should expect to actively participate in the session and must come prepared to discuss a project or work in progress to explore during the training. (A full schedule may be found below.)

Liz Lerman will provide leadership for six sessions and will be supported by John Borstel for three of these sessions. Facilitators-in-training will begin offering their services to local organizations and artists but will do so in pairs. The pairing process has been found to support the quality of facilitation and engender confidence and further learning on the part of the facilitators. The facilitation service will be offered through the GBCA website, but all agreements will be made between the facilitators and the individual or organization contracting for their service. The facilitator teams may charge a modest fee for their services. Participating organizations and artists will be surveyed on the quality and impact of CRP.

Congratulations to Maria Aldana & the Creative Alliance on a successful 2014 Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival! Thousands came out to celebrate in Patterson Park this past Saturday, October 25. The free festivities included lantern making, live music, and a nighttime parade through the park that culminated in a collaborative beatbox/samba drumcorps performance by Sho’dekeh and Batala Washington, backed by animation from Joseph Faura and Carrie Renolds.

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National Endowment for the Arts – Our Town Grant

Supporting placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. 

Request for Proposal to represent Baltimore City

As Baltimore City’s designated Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts strives to make Baltimore a more creative and vibrant city.  Excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety.  With this in mind, the NEA has created the Our Town grant program to support creative placemaking in cities across the country.  Each city may enter only one application, which must be submitted by the Mayor.  Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  1. Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design projectsthat represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects may receive matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.  For additional information, please visit the NEA’s Our Town site at:
  1. Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking These projects may receive matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. For additional information, please visit the NEA’s Our Town site at:

For selection criteria, please visit the NEA’s Our Town Site at:

If appropriate, the same project may be submitted for both the recent Bloomberg Challenge RFP and this RFP for NEA’s Our Town.  Each application must be submitted separately.

All qualified Our Town applications will be forwarded to the Mayor’s Office for selection.  Depending on the number of submissions, you may be contacted to make a presentation.  Applicants will be notified of the Mayor’s decision by Monday, November 17.  It is expected that the selected applicant will prepare basic information to be submitted to the NEA Our Town program no later than December 15.  A full proposal must be submitted to the NEA by January 15, 2015.

Please find attached a Request for Proposal to represent Baltimore City. It must be submitted via email to:

Randi Vega, Cultural Affairs Director at

no later than 9am, Monday, November 10, 2014

For questions regarding this application, please email Randi at

For additional information, please visit the Exploring Our Town online resource, which includes case studies of more than 60 Our Town grants with an insights section of lessons learned.

Thank you for your interest. 



National Endowment for the Arts – Our Town Grant

Supporting placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

Application for Proposed Project to represent Baltimore City

This application must be submitted via email to:

Randi Vega, Cultural Affairs Director at

no later than 9am, Monday, November 10, 2014


Contact Information:







Project type (please check one)

_____ Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design

_____ Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking  


Organizational Information

  • Mission (150 word limit, does not include spaces):
  • FY14 income:
  • FY14 expense:
  • If any significant discrepancies in budget, please explain: (100 words maximum)

 Project Information:

  • Proposed Project Title:
  • Proposed Project Description (300 words maximum; word count does not include spaces)
  • Project Dates: The grant is for a two year period of support, beginning October 1, 2015. Project costs incurred before October 1, 2015 are not eligible.
  • Proposed Project Beginning Date:
  • Proposed Project Date Open to the Public:
  • Project Costs:  Funds for this grant must be matched at least 1:1. A minimum of half the total cost of each project must be from nonfederal sources. Matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. 
  • Total Project Costs:
  • Total Committed Funds, if any, as of November 2014:
  • Amount Requested from NEA’s Our Town*:

 Project Team: Introduce all key collaborators, including artists, arts organizations, city agencies, and private sector groups. Please list each entry on a separate line. (200 words maximum, does not include spaces)

 Project Activity/Venue locations: For multiple locations, please list each entry on a separate line. (200 words maximum, word count does not include spaces).  A map in JPG or PDF format highlighting the site(s) of proposed work may also be submitted.

 Audience Engagement

  • Briefly describe your desired audience (100 words maximum, does not include spaces)

 Attachments When adding attachments to your proposal for submission, please save as Your Project Name ____________ (Examples:  Samuel Street Map, Samuel Street Image 1, Samuel Street Image 2, Samuel Street Budget)Project Location(s): A map may be attached in JPG or PDF format highlighting the site(s) of proposed work.   This is optional, not required.

 Work Samples: These must be of previous completed work by both the principal artist(s) and, if applicable, artistic director and/or curator. One work sample may be of the proposed project, or portion of the project. No more than a total of 5 work samples may be submitted. The maximum size for all attachments combined is 10 MB.  Please send as attachments via email.  Make sure each work sample is labeled. If you should have any questions regarding work sample submission, please contact Randi Vega at

Images:  Only JPG or PDF format will be accepted. Please include artist’s name, artwork title, dimensions, media, year of completion, and a brief description of each attachment.

Video and Sound:  These may be submitted as web links.  Please include artist’s name, title, year of completion and a brief description of each attachment.  Video and sound samples are to be no more than 5 minutes in length.  If submitting a longer sample, please indicate a start and end point within the sample.

Project Budget: Please attach a project budget showing income and expenses.

This application with attachments must be submitted via email to:

Randi Vega, Cultural Affairs Director at

no later than 9am, Monday, November 10, 2014 

For questions regarding this application, please email Randi at


Thank you for your application. 

Baltimore’s Future Islands continues their take over of America, and the world! Check out some videos from recent shows, including a full show on Austin City Limits, Later with Jools Holland and from their free performance at this year’s Hampdenfest!



2014 Highlandtown Arts District Exhibition

An annual multi-venue extravaganza highlighting the talent and nexus points of art activity in Highlandtown

Qualifications:  Must be a resident or maintain a studio space in Highlandtown,
or be a member of the Creative Alliance

Exhibition Dates (all locations):  November 14 – 29, 2014

All Opening Receptions:  Friday, November 15th

on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 11th & 12th at the Creative Alliance by 7:00 pm.



Submit up to 3 pieces to be exhibited at one of eight (8) Highlandtown venues.
Venue decisions for all artworks are collaboratively made by the gallery directors of each space: The Amalie Rothschild Gallery at the Creative Alliance, Dan Schiavone Fine Art, Threadquarters BTQ Gallery, Highlandtown Gallery, Roof Top Hot, Two-Tone Artistry & Vapors, High Grounds Coffee Roasters, and the new Cohesion Theater