Join the Baltimore Museum of Art for a free webinar series via Zoom that connects neuroscience, mindful practices, and art for a unique social-emotional learning experience. Learn critical information about the brain, engage in meditative practices, make art, and get inspiration from Pre-K-12 educators who participated in the BMA’s 2019 Art, Mindfulness, and Peacebuilding Teacher Institute.

Week One: July 20, July 22, and July 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m
Week Two: To be announced

Week One Topics
Brain Basics
July 20, 2020; 10 AM EST
The Social Brain
July 22, 2020 ; 10 AM EST
The Brain on Stress and Trauma
July 24, 2020 ; 10 AM EST

Register Here

Participants are encouraged, but do not need to attend all sessions.

As part of the recent $50 million for the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative for COVID-19 Relief, the $3 million awarded to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will be distributed through the Emergency Grant Program, a grant program created in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency that provides emergency funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

Of this $3 million:

  • $1 million will be available to County Arts Agencies
  • $435,000 will be available to Arts & Entertainment District Management Entities
  • $1,565,000 will be available to Arts Organizations and Independent Artists

All applicants above will be required to complete an application through Smart Simple to request funding. Applications will open on July 20 and must be submitted by 5 PM on August 3, 2020, to be considered for funding. 

For complete information regarding the Emergency Grant process, including Guidelines and Rubrics, please visit our website

For additional information regarding other (non-emergency) MSAC funding opportunities to support upcoming arts projects, programs, professional development, and more, please visit or website or contact MSAC staff. 


GO THE DISTANCE BMORE!,a collaborative citywide campaign to inspire, encourage and support Baltimore’s young people as we continue to transition into our new virtual normal—to provide hope, foster inclusivity and promote healing. Led by Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success staff and co-designed and informed by a diverse group of youth, the campaign sets out to: 

  • Curate across a broad network of community partners and promote a comprehensive menu of no- to low-cost, virtual and socially responsible in-person activities, events, resources and opportunities for Baltimore’s youth that span four focus areas, or pillars
  • Engage and encourage young people through inspiring messaging and youth-centered stories   

The Four Pillars

  • Learning and enrichment
  • Health and wellness
  • Civic engagement and racial equity
  • Culture and creativity

Learn more at and see a list of virtual youth events here.

GO THE DISTANCE BMORE! relies on—and will only be as good as—our collective efforts. You can join by:

  • Sharing youth activities, events, opportunities and resources that you or your organization are leading—we’ll include them in our resource menu
  • Contributing inspiring youth messages and stories to the campaign
  • Following the campaign on Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Facebook   @gothedistancebmore   #gothedistancebmore   #gtdbmore

Artscape’s Artists’ Market is going virtual!

The Artscape Online Artists’ Market supports artists, performers, makers and craftspeople across all artistic disciplines by providing a virtual platform for artist storefronts. Artists across disciplines and from any geographical area are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59PM EST

The Artscape Online Artists’ Market will feature an online directory where artists can showcase, promote and sell their artistry (featuring visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and culinary arts.)

The market will run virtually from Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 30, 2020.

The Artscape Online Artists’ Market is a juried show, and applications will be scored by a panel of professionals in the fields of craft, fine art, fashion and design. BOPA is thrilled to feature Kim Bentley, Kelvin Bulluck, Caprece Jackson-Garrett, Herb Massie and April Wood as jurors.


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CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8 and the deadline for the first round will be July 29, the second round will open August 19 and the deadline will be September. The program will focus on those facing the most severe financial pressures. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.

Cycle I Applications: July 8 – July 29 (closes 5:00 pm ET)
Cycle II Applications: August 19 – September 9 (closes 5:00 pm ET)

More information on guidelines and deadlines is available here.

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc (LTYC), is continuing a new initiative, Art Now, beginning in August 2020 and expanding its resources. Art Now serves as LTYC’s virtual response to ensure that students and artists can participate in arts learning anywhere and at any time. Through arts tutoring, virtual classes, webinars and more, the Performing and Creative arts can always be right in the palm of youth’s hands. LTYC is seeking proposals from artists and arts educators to deliver a 15-20 minute lesson. Individuals may apply and submit more than one proposal.

The submission deadline is 4:00 pm ET, Friday, July 31, 2020.

LTYC is seeking proposals from artists and arts educators who provide high-quality evidenced-based arts instruction who are willing to share their expertise in a highly engaging video lesson submission.

More information and the full Request for Proposals is available at