The University of Maryland, Baltimore hopes to engage an experienced artist to create a public mural that celebrates the local history of West Baltimore where the campus is located.

Between 1997 and 2011 the University acquired three properties located between 114 – 116 N. Greene Street. The buildings were not in good condition and continued to deteriorate. They were subsequently demolished in 2018. As part of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Maryland Historical Trust, the University agreed to design and install a mural at the site to “celebrate the history of the neighborhood.”

There is a designated location for the mural on the north façade of 108 N. Greene Street (see attached Site Plan). The mural will be located in a dense urban setting so it must be durable, easily maintained and not create public safety issues. The mural should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a downtown environment with pedestrian traffic, and exposure to vehicular pollution. Night lighting of the mural wall area has been installed and is unlikely to be further expanded in the future, so please account for this in your design. Finally, the mural will be a place intended for meeting, hanging out and/or studying, and used for selfies or as a backdrop for graduation photographs.

All professional artists or artist teams residing in the State of Maryland may apply. Special consideration will be given to applicants that reside in the Baltimore region. If artists are applying as a team, the team should be declared on the Application Form, specifying a team leader to receive notifications. Artists currently enrolled in any university or college degree program are not eligible to apply. Staff, faculty, or employees of UMB are not eligible to apply.

Up to four semi-finalist artists or artist teams will be selected to develop a proposal. Each semi-finalist team will receive a $500 stipend towards preparing a site-specific mural design for presentation towards UMB’s selection of a finalist. There will be no additional funds or compensation to each semi-finalist for this effort.

The artwork project budget is $23,000 and is inclusive of all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to: artist coordination and expenses (sub-consultants, travel/lodging, printing, overhead, etc.), artwork fabrication details and specifications, artwork materials and fabrication, storage, transportation and installation, related permits, licenses, and insurance. Any expenses that exceed the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility. The artist will be responsible for submitting an artwork maintenance manual upon completion.

The RFQ application deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021.

Please see the PDF below for full details on the project, including photos of the site, timelines, and evaluation criteria.

Calling all high school songwriters! The National Endowment for the Arts and the American Theatre Wing are accepting submissions to the 2021 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national contest is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. The goal of the program is to engage professionals in the musical theater field in nurturing the next generation of songwriters.

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WORDS ON THE WINDS OF CHANGE

CityLit Project presents: the 18th annual CityLit Festival, Reimagined!

A Virtual Celebration of Literature with featured events throughout March 2021, and a daylong event Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Download the program for a complete list of featured guest speakers and a schedule of events.

And follow CityLit Project on social media to stay connected and learn more about this year’s program: InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

CityLit Project nurtures the culture of literature in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Learn more at www.citylitproject.org!

BOPA, in collaboration with the Baltimore City Department of Planning, has commissioned Baltimore artist LaToya D. Peoples for the Edgecombe Wayfinding Project.

For this project, Peoples will create new and unique wayfinding path markers along Pall Mall Road, an important connector between Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Edgecombe Circle Elementary School in the Park Heights community of Baltimore City. Funding for the Edgecombe Wayfinding Project is provided by Pimlico Local Impact Aid and project management is provided by BOPA.  

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Greater Baybrook Alliance seeks qualified artists or artist teams to enhance several outdoor places with public art in Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Brooklyn Park (Maryland).

The goal of the project is to further develop community identity and pride, creating visible improvements to community gateways, commercial corridors and nodes, and open spaces. 

The application deadline is Monday, March 15, 2021. Apply Today!

For Questions, Please Contact:
Sarah Hope at Sarah@greaterbaybrookalliance.org

About Greater Baybrook Alliance

Greater Baybrook Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit community development organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst and conduit for equitable development and reinvestment in the Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay neighborhoods and empower our residents to strengthen the Baybrook community.

Over the past three years, GBA has emerged as an anchor for revitalization programs, bringing over $3.6 million dollars into the region for capital development projects and programs. In addition, GBA is working to increase residents’ capacity to address neighborhood issues, with an approach of building partnerships, leveraging existing resources and services, and bringing people together. 

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) and the Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) have entered into a partnership with Opportunity Fund to expand the availability of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans to Baltimore’s small businesses, sole-proprietors, and independent contractors. 

If your business is located in Baltimore City and did NOT receive a PPP loan in 2020, you can now apply for a first PPP loan through Opportunity Fund’s online application portal by clicking here.

While all small businesses are encouraged to apply, Opportunity Fund is focused on providing PPP access to the smallest businesses, especially sole proprietors, those without banking relationships, and those who missed out on the first round of PPP.

The application deadline is March 31, 2021, but Opportunity Fund recommends applying by mid-March to allow for processing time.

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