This summer sees the arrival of a new book, The Walters Art Museum: Excursions through the Collection, featuring engaging stories and spectacular images of works of art from the Walters collection. Join Eleanor Hughes, Deputy Director for Art & Program, and Ariel Tabritha, Photographer, for a conversation about what went into the creation of this innovative publication.

Thursday, July 9, 5:30 PM

Thursday programs are sponsored by BGE.


Public art along the Hagerstown Cultural Trail: Building Blocks (mural) by Hense, Railroad Switch (screen) by VIcki Scuri, Rivulet (sculpture) by Christian Benefiel and Ryan McKibbin Photo: C.Ryan Patterson

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announces the release of the FY21 Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) Grant Guidelines. PAAM continues to fund New Artworks and this year launches funding to support Conservation of public art. 

New Artworks provides two types of support to Maryland independent artists, non-profit organizations, and or local government:

  • New Artworks Planning Grant – awards of up to $5,000 to support the community visioning process and development of a concept proposal for new public artwork
  • New Artworks Implementation Grant – awards of up to $20,000 to support the fabrication and installation of new public artwork 

New Artworks Grant Guidelines

New Artworks Webinar – Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Conservation provides two types of support to non-profit organizations or local government:

  • Conservation Planning Grant – awards of $5,000 to support an artwork conservation assessment
  • Conservation Implementation Grant – awards of up to $50,000 to support the conservation of permanent public artwork

Conservation Grant Guidelines

Conservation Grant Webinar – Thursday, July 16, 2020


PAAM grants will be awarded until funding is depleted. 

FY21 Deadlines: August 17, 2020; November 12, 2020; February 12, 2021; May 12, 2021

Over the past several months, Baltimore’s creative community has had to make significant adjustments to the ways in which we all interact with the arts. With stay-at-home orders, gathering restrictions and social distancing, many arts programs, classes and activities can no longer happen the way they once did. Thinking creatively, Baltimore individuals and organizations have looked to virtual opportunities to keep the arts thriving during this time.

BOPA is proud to feature Baltimore and Maryland arts organizations that have had to make these necessary adjustments.

Today’s spotlight is on Station North Arts District, the first area in Baltimore to receive the State designation as an Arts & Entertainment District in 2002. Station North Arts District has spent the past few months adapting their programming to virtual platforms, with curated digital “art walks” and a virtual art festival. Read more below to hear from their team and artists about the challenges and successes of transitioning to digital.

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The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, originally The Emerson Tower, has been a Baltimore landmark since its construction in 1911 and was the tallest building in Baltimore at the time.  After an extensive renovation, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts officially opened the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower with studio spaces for visual and literary artists in 2008.

Also inside the Tower is the Emerson/Maryland Glass Museum which houses the largest collection of Bromo Seltzer and Maryland Glass bottles in existence. The Museum is on the 15th floor and is on loan from and curated by Ernest Dimler.

Recently, a group took a tour of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower because of the personal connection that the building has on their family. Read their story below:

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Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on the Innovative Grant website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant is an international initiative that supports photographers and artists through quarterly grants. The grant process has been simplified, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and the application reflects that.

Virtual Finalists’ Exhibition

The Virtual Finalists’ Exhibition for the 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is now live!

Miguel Braceli – View Gallery
Hoesy Corona – View Gallery
Phylicia Ghee – View Gallery
Muriel Hasbun – View Gallery
LaToya M. Hobbs – View Gallery
strikeWare – View Gallery
(Mollye Bendell, Jeffrey Gangwisch
& Christopher Kojzar)

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