#Above4 COVID-19 Fund

In an effort to sustain black women’s contributions in the art industry during the COVID -19, TILA Studios is launching a recurring monthly fund beginning at $1,000 to support black women artists nationwide.

The fund supports black women artists nationwide who:

  • Experienced a stalled gig or paid creative job opportunity 
  • Lost of Income from day job being temporarily closed 
  • Stipend for On-Going Art Project with a Specific Purpose and Direction

The funding will occur monthly from April 2020 until August 2020. If we continue to witness and experience the economic impact of the COVID-19 we will continue awarding an unrestricted financial award until January 2021.

Funding Cycle:

  • Application must be received by the 1st of every month 
  • Funds will be distributed by the 15th every month via wire transfer 
  • If you are a recipient of the fund, you must wait 8 weeks until applying again
  • Request amount up to $500 per application


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Out of Order Online

Out of Order Call: Friday, June 19 – Monday, July 6

Out of Order Virtual Auction: Thursday, July 16 -Thursday, July 23rd 

As a result of the pandemic sweeping our nation, Maryland Art Place (MAP), like so many, has been forced to rethink, retool and re-imagine its programming. This year marks the 23rd year of Maryland Art Place’s (MAP’s) signature exhibition event “Out of Order” (OOO). MAP is very excited to announce that it will still be holding Out of Order, only this year it’s virtual! MAP will launch the auction and make it available to anyone on an electronic device for free! 

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The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced a new series of online programs designed to give visitors an opportunity to relax and connect with artists, makers, and the community. The bi-weekly BMA Violet Hour program will feature artist talks, meditations, and other interactive experiences. The first event on Wednesday, June 24, pairs artist and cultural influencer Zackary Drucker with her personal muse and mentor Rosalyne Blumenstein, LCSW, a legendary trans rights activist, for a conversation moderated by renowned photographer, curator, and educator Allen Frame.

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Levi Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has announced that its outdoor sculpture gardens will reopen to visitors at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, weather permitting. The two landscaped gardens feature 33 masterworks of modern and contemporary sculpture—from Auguste Rodin’s striding bronze Balzac (1892) to Ellsworth Kelly’s stainless steel arc Untitled (1986). Admission to the gardens is free.

The BMA’s sculpture gardens have been closed since March 16. Capacity for the sculpture garden will be limited to 77 people to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and maintain a six-foot social distance from others in the gardens and groups are limited to five people or less.

The sculpture gardens are open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 AM to 5PM, weather permitting, and are located at 10 Art Museum Drive, near North Charles and 31st streets. More information is available here.

The museum building and Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen restaurant are not open at this time.

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will host the Annual African American Children’s Virtual Book Fair on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join online for a day of family-friendly activities including storytelling, workshops, author talks, art-making activities and literary resources that celebrate diverse book titles embracing black culture and identity!

Sign Up Here

Join celebrity reader and author Karyn Parsons (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) for a discussion and reading of her book How High the Moon with MahoganyBooks at 1 p.m.

That live discussion will be followed by a talk with authors Zetta Elliot and Just Us Founders Cheryl Willis-Hudson and Wade Hudson about  the importance of teaching children about activism through the use of children’s literature at 2 p.m.

Full Schedule

Boost Bmore Project

Boost Bmore aims to support neighborhood small businesses — including nonprofits, locally-owned restaurants, start-ups and entrepreneurs — with pro-bono communications counsel from Abel Communications

Abel Communications is offering:

  • A one-hour strategy session to help address a company’s most pressing business and marketing challenges
  • An internal Innovation Lab that will focus on brainstorming how to solve  business or marketing challenges
  • A “Boost Analysis” with ideas and recommendations 
  • An invite-only PR 101 workshop

Who is eligible?

  • Organizations that have been negatively affected or disrupted by COVID-19
  • Organizations with 50 or less full-time employees based in the Greater Baltimore area
  • Small businesses, including nonprofits, restaurants, startups and entrepreneurs

If you or someone you know fits the criteria, please apply by Wednesday, July 8 using the link below. Spread the word to qualifying organizations that you think could benefit from free communications consulting right now.