This year’s Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize competition has been unlike any other. A complete pivot to a virtual exhibition allowed us to continue this Baltimore tradition in a new way, and gave our six finalists the opportunity to reimagine their galleries for a digital platform. We are so thrilled with the outcome of the Finalists’ Exhibition, and we hope you’ll take time to virtually visit each gallery throughout the summer.

This weekend, the competition comes to a close as we celebrate our dynamic arts community at the virtual award ceremony. There is so much talent within the creative communities of the Baltimore region, and this competition allows us to support and invest in the careers of these artists by awarding a $25,000 fellowship grand prize from a BOPA endowment and $2,500 each for the Finalists for the M&T Bank Finalist award. We support artists and fund their craft so that they may focus on their work and our arts communities may continue to grow.

Join us on Saturday, July 25 at 7pm on the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts’ YouTube and Facebook pages for the Sondheim Artscape Prize Ceremony. You’ll hear directly from each of our finalists, Miguel Braceli, Hoesy Corona, Phylicia Ghee, Muriel Hasbun, LaToya M. Hobbs, and the artist group strikeWare; as well as Laure Drogoul, the first Sondheim Artscape Prize winner, and the 2019 winner Akea Brionne Brown. This award is a fifteen-year tradition in Baltimore and a special night for our arts community. Don’t forget to tour the galleries before joining us for big announcement of this year’s winner! 

I will look for you on Saturday!

Donna Drew Sawyer
CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

C. Grimaldis Gallery presents its 43rd annual summer exhibition, Summer ‘20, featuring contemporary painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and photography.

JULY 16 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2020


Featuring: Chul Hyun Ahn, Zoë Charlton, Alfonso Fernandez, Carol Miller Frost, Carol Brown Goldberg, Jae Ko, Dimitra Lazaridou, Ben Marcin, Rania Matar, Beverly McIver, Jackie Milad, John Ruppert, Nora Sturges, John Waters

C. Grimaldis Gallery

523 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 539-1080

AAP, CLMP, and NBF Join Forces to Provide $3.5 Million in Emergency Funds for Literary Organizations and Publishers

Three national nonprofit literary arts organizations—the Academy of American Poets (AAP), Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and National Book Foundation (NBF)—have come together in a historic collaboration to establish the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will provide $3.5 million to the literary arts, a field that has been disastrously impacted by COVID-19. Regrants from this fund, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be distributed by September 15, 2020.

Applications are due by August 7, 2020.

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Applications for The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Awards will open on Friday, July 24. Three multi-year awards of $500,000 each will be awarded in January 2021. 

The Lewis Prize for Music believes that music in the lives of young people is a catalytic force to drive positive change in our society. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity.

“We seek awardees whose leadership inspires their local communities to prioritize music opportunities for all young people,” said Daniel Lewis, Founder and Chairman of The Lewis Prize for Music. “Taking a collaborative approach is more important than ever in the midst of COVID-19 and its deepening effect on longstanding inequities.”  

“Creative youth development music organizations blend music and leadership opportunities so young people can be seen for all they have to offer,” said Dalouge Smith, CEO of The Lewis Prize for Music. “Music’s ability to build trust and connections between diverse people makes these organizations potent agents of change for all of our benefit.”  

The opening of the Accelerator Award application comes one month after The Lewis Prize for Music granted $1.25 million through its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The 32 recipients showed they quickly adapted and responded to the pressing needs of young people amid the challenges of the pandemic.

More information and applications will be available on July 24.

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The BIG Show was the very first Creative Alliance program that led to twenty-five years of artistic expression, community, cultivation of young minds, and so much joy. It all began in Creative Alliance’s original location in Fells Point in 1995 and, after a few moves, landed in the renovated Patterson Theater in 2003 to spur artistic development in Highlandtown. But, Creative Alliance is more than a location. It’s more than a building. It’s a force for positive change in Southeast Baltimore and beyond. It’s a community of artists and audiences that believe in the power of artistic expression. And so… even though there’s a lot going on in the world … The BIG Show Must Go On!

This event is all about Creative Alliance’s incredibly talented members! Each year Creative Alliance celebrates their talents, from those that have just joined to those that have been with Creative Alliance since the beginning and are at the heart of the organization. 

The BIG Show Exhibition on View: July 18, 2020 to September 14, 2020  (In the Main Gallery & Digital)

The BIG Show exhibition will be hung in Creative Alliance’s main gallery. Artwork will be professionally photographed for additional inclusion in a digital exhibition. Creative Alliance will showcase all pieces included, promote those for sale, and highlight the included members throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Visit in person: Creative Alliance will be open on Saturdays beginning July 25 from 11am to 5pm so you can view the exhibition in person! (masks must be worn at all times and only 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time. Please schedule your visit here)

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Mission & Project Goal

The Lewes Public Arts Committee Project, in Lewes, Delaware, is dedicated to fostering community interaction and intellectual growth though shared experiences in the world of art. The City celebrates its bike paths that have opened new vistas for residents and visitors alike. The City is commissioning a mural to be installed for a minimum of 18 months along the bikeway between the Lewes Public Library and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Open Call – Artist Eligibility

Any artist or team of artists interested in creating a two-dimensional mural, to be completed by September 15, 2020 at the 216 Schley Ave site may complete a proposal in accordance with the guidelines provided below. This competition is an open call to all artists and collectives. Artists may submit multiple entries. All submission plans must use the iron bar apparatus currently afMixed to the wall. This can be painted out or highlighted, but not removed.

Proposals Due by August 14, 2020 to:
City of Lewes Public Arts Committee,
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