The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 Creative Baltimore Fund.  The grant program provides nearly $250,000 in funding to local individual artists and established non-profit cultural organizations.  Applications and guidelines are available at www.promotionandarts.org/grants.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  The Creative Baltimore Fund is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Creative Baltimore Fund provides support to artists and organizations through two grants.  Individual artists are invited to apply for the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award which provides project support for programs promoting public access and encouraging the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in Baltimore City.  Additionally, theGeneral Operating Support grant provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.  Individual artists can receive up to $5,000 for project support; organizations can receive up to $10,000 for general operating support.  Grant awards will be announced in May 2015.


Grant Application Due:        Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Application Review Period:   Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17, 2015

Grant Awards Announced:    May 2015

Grant Period:                     Wednesday, July 1, 2015 through Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through the support of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council and helps art programs and projects come to fruition and continue to enhance the City of Baltimore.  The program is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts which is the arts council for Baltimore City.  In addition, an independent panel reviews applications and selects grant recipients.

For more information on the Creative Baltimore Fund, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.


Request for Qualifications

City of Merriam, Kansas

Budget: $100,000

RFQ submission deadline: February 20, 2015

In 2015, the City of Merriam, Kansas, located in northeast Johnson County, is beginning a 5-year placemaking initiative that will enhance public spaces in downtown Merriam and its environs. As the inaugural project in this initiative, the City has dedicated $100,000 to commission an artist or artist team to design, produce and install compelling public art for a small downtown plaza (approximately 925 sq. ft.).

Selection process and timeline

Artists submitting to the RFQ are not being asked to develop a specific model or proposal at this time. Rather, RFQ submissions will be assessed on the quality and nature of the applicant’s past work; experience working on commissions that are placed in open and public areas; and experience collaborating with other professionals such as architects, engineers, fabricators and installation personnel. RFQ submissions will be evaluated by City of Merriam personnel, selected members of Merriam’s Public Art Initiative ad-hoc committee, and art consultant James Martin, who is facilitating all phases of the project.

A limited number of artists will be selected from the RFQ pool of applicants to develop and submit a formal proposal. A stipend of $1,200 will be paid to each artist invited to the proposal stage.

The selection timeline is subject to change, but is envisioned as follows:

  1. All RFQ submissions due by 11:59 PM February 20, 2015.
  2. Selected artists will be notified by February 28, 2015.
  3. RFP guidelines will be disseminated by March 6, 2015.
  4. All RFP submissions due by 11:59 PM April 17, 2015.
  5. Invited selected artists to visit site and present proposal at art selection committee meeting, end of April 2015
  6. Present recommended artist(s) for approval at early May 2015 City Council meeting.
  7. Notify winning artist(s) in mid-May, 2015.
  8. Finalize design and fabricate summer 2015 through early 2016.
  9. Install art project by March 1, 2016.
  10. Hold public dedication and reception in April 2016.

For more information, download detailed submission instructions at http://ks-merriam.civicplus.com/bids.aspx. Questions should be directed to art consultant James Martin at merriamksrfq1@gmail.com.

MD Arts Day

Maryland Arts Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

9a.m. – 2 p.m.

Miller Senate Building

11 Bladen Street

Annapolis, MD

Early Bird Registration (now – Friday, January 30) $35

Regular Registration (Saturday January 31 – Friday, February 6) $50

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and shuttle ride to the President’s Conference Center at the Miller Senate Building. Following the morning speakers and information session, the main purpose of the day will be to discuss with lawmakers the importance of a strong arts community to the economic and cultural vitality of Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation!
8:15am    Registration/Networking Breakfast
8:50am    Opening Remarks (Matt Gallagher, Chair, Board of Trustees, MCA)
9:00am    Greetings from Elected Officials
9:50am    Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award Presentation
10:00am  Keynote Address: Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC
10:40am  Presentation on Governor’s P20 Task Force on Education, AEMS
11:00am  Budget Realities and Legislative Talking Points
11:15am  County Delegation Coordination
11:45am  Legislative Visits
1:00pm    Lunch and Networking
1:50pm    Maryland Arts Day Wrap-Up



Open Space is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Publications & Multiples Fair (PMF VI) on March 28th and 29th, 2015. This annual event is a celebration and survey of artist publications, prints, and objects produced in multiple, with related lectures and programs. Last year’s fair featured over over 80 independent publishers, galleries, and artists from Baltimore and across the country. We hope to showcase even more amazing work at the fair this March, in a great new location here in Baltimore, The Baltimore Design School. Join us for the weekend!

Vendor applications open until February 9th.


Entries Sought for 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Apply via Slideroom: https://northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com/#/login/program/24175

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the tenth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 25, 2015.



Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC, will jury this year’s exhibit.   York heads the Cultural Arts Division of the Parks & Recreation Department where he oversees the Town’s Percent for Art Program.  In addition, he administers the Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts, Downtown Arts, temporary gallery exhibition, and yearly outdoor sculpture exhibition programs, as well as community festivals. Formerly, York was the Director of Public Art & Community Design for the North Carolina Arts Council where he assisted communities with public art planning/implementation and cultural facility design through an annual grants program he developed.  He has been an advisor to the Art-in-Transit Program of the Charlotte Area Transit System and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.  Prior to his involvement with public art, Jeffrey spent 18 years as an art museum educator, curator, and director.  He has been a selection committee member or juror for dozens of public art projects, gallery exhibitions, and arts festivals throughout the south.

The 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1, 2015, through March 25, 2016, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, May 1, 2015.  For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.








Art Spaces – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Inc. is seeking an artist for a site-specific project to be located in Deming Park on the East side of Terre Haute, Indiana.  Deadline for receipt of materials is Friday, January 16, 2015.  The artist budget for this project is $70,000.  To see the full RFQ and learn how to submit your work for consideration or to find more information about the site and the project, visit www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com, send request to info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com or call 812-235-2801.

Art Spaces plans to install four new sculptures in 2015, the year of the organization’s tenth anniversary.  There are currently fourteen unique site-specific sculptures in the collection.