This issue of BOPA’s Newsletter focuses on up and coming filmmakers as we announce the winners of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Many do not realize that the Baltimore Film Office is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and in addition to championing new talent in the industry, the office and its indomitable director, Debbie Dorsey, have a significant influence on showcasing our City’s talent and locations through the lens of great filmmakers and as backgrounds for great performances.

Baltimore lights up movie and television screens with our City’s unique architecture and streetscapes and it is Debbie, and Logistics Coordinator, Fran Carmen, who are the official liaisons between filmmakers and city agencies, businesses, crews and communities to ensure that Baltimore magic is captured on film and shared with the rest of the world. If you have some time during this mandated time at home, look at our city in a different light through the films and television shows created here. On the Baltimore Film Office page on BOPA’s website, there are a myriad of options to see Baltimore City in a starring role. Stay home, pop some popcorn and take a movie tour of our great City.

With the announcement of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners, the Baltimore Film Office continues to cultivate the film industry for the future, because every production begins with a script. Note the names of the winners because hopefully, sometime in the near future, in a darkened theater or streaming from the comfort of your living room—when the credits roll—you may recognize the name of the screenwriter and remember that the production you just watched got its start in Baltimore.


Donna Drew Sawyer

CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Mural artist Juan Pineda installed the mural at 3 Bethesda Metro in 2016 with the generous support of Brookfield and Arts Brookfield.

“Paint the Town” is an initiative of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District to bring more public art murals to downtown Bethesda. Proposals are currently being accepted for the Woodmont Avenue Parking Garage Mural.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020

Click here for the pdf diagram and project details for the Woodmont Avenue Garage Mural.

This project is a partnership between the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Montgomery County, MD and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The mural is also generously supported by The Donohoe Companies, Duball, Greenhill and Stonebridge.

Artist must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
Artist must be a resident of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
Artists are expected to carry their own general liability insurance. 

Artist is required to use a paint specific to outdoor and concrete use such as Keim, SherKryl, NovaColor by Artex or Golden Artist Colors, etc.

$32,500 will be provided to the artist. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses. Necessary lifts and scaffolding will be provided and associated fees will not be the responsibility of the selected artist.

The project must be completed within four weeks of the start date.  The artist or team of artists will coordinate their work schedule with the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Please submit the following items to be considered for the “Paint the Town” Woodmont Avenue Garage Mural Project.

  1. Completed Artist Application
  2. Artist Statement
  3. Resume
  4. Three professional references
  5. Include a scale rendering of the proposed mural to be completed with your application following the general dimensions for the Woodmont Avenue Garage Mural.
  6. Upload 10 images of your work
  7. Image description sheet

Click here to complete the Artist Application and upload the required attachments.

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the winners of the 15th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition.

In the features category, Stephen Schuyler won first place for “Stealing Cars,” Evan Balkan won second place for “King of the Freaks” and Miceal O’Donnell won third place for “Wooden Nickels.”

In the shorts category, Stephen Schuyler also won first place for “Derby Night,” Chung-Wei Huang won second place for “Squeegee Boy” and Schuyler won third place for “Like You Think You Know Me.”

Winners will receive cash prizes and Movie Magic Screenwriter Six software.

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The 2020 Community Arts Grant applications are now available online. The Community Arts Grant awards funding of up to $15,000 to Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to creatively re-imagine and enliven public spaces through new, exterior wall mural art projects. The artist-neighborhood collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space.

The Community Arts Grant is made possible by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the generous support of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland State Arts Council, and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City of Baltimore.

The application deadline is Monday, May 25, 2020 and applications are available here.

Working together, artists and community groups design and propose an exterior wall mural art concept for their community, submitting their proposals for the chance to win a grant to help fund the project. Artists and communities are encouraged to submit exciting art design concepts that represent the distinct character and quality of a local community, with consideration to local cultural heritage and diversity. Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process and must be openly accessible, free of charge. Applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurors comprised of regional arts, culture and community development leaders, local residents and stakeholders. If selected, prize winning communities work with support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to realize their project concept.


  • Applications Open: Monday, April 27, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grant Award Notifications: June 2020
  • Project Completion Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Visit the 2020 Community Arts Grant Application for the full application guidelines. For more information on the Community Arts Grant, contact Chris Brooks, Community Arts Specialist at BOPA, or 410-752-8632.

This Friday, May Day, a day celebrated for the tribulations and triumphs of working people, Baltimore City Council President and Members, led by Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, ask that we applaud Baltimore’s frontline workers.

Utilizing social distancing protocols join your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends on Friday, May 1 to thank those on the frontline who are working to keep us all safe and sustained. 

For two minutes, please step outside and cheer, ring bells, bang pots, and honk horns. Let’s make some noise and unite Baltimore’s neighborhoods in solidarity, gratitude, and celebration!

Friday, May 1, 7:00 pm – 7:02 pm (cheer for two minutes) Everywhere across Baltimore 

Celebrate creative women with The Baltimore Museum of Art:

Which creative women in your life have inspired you? In the midst of this globally challenging time, we find ourselves reflecting on the strengths of our communities and the women who inspire us.

Here at The Baltimore Museum of Art, we don’t want to lose sight of the importance creativity has on our lives—now more than ever. So, we ask you to take a moment to be part of our 2020 Vision initiative by adding your story to our living mosaic celebrating the women who are making a difference in your life.

Tell us about an artist, a frontline worker or local hero, a mentor, friend, or family member you admire.

A View from the Inside Out will award two unrestricted $500 grants to artists who persist in their work and community involvement despite the turbulent times.

Open to all artists. No application fee. No restrictions on how the funds are used.

Deadline to apply: May 15 2020
Awards Announced: May 29 2020
To apply click here.

A View from the Inside Out is a skill-sharing program that builds community art projects while advocating for ethical labor policies and practices. Founder and lead artist: Bruce McKaig (