Maryland State Arts Council
2019 Individual Artist Awards

Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the application submission and review process on behalf of the Maryland State Arts Council through an ongoing partnership. Post-award, all aspects of the program are managed by the Maryland State Arts Council directly, including applicant notification, administration of the individual grants, and final reporting.

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Applications Open for Sound Off Live! Competition for 2019 Festivals

Interested musicians must apply by Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Also known as Baltimore’s “Battle of the Bands,” Sound Off Live! Presented by Hard Rock Café Baltimore returns on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 6 to 10pm. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Sound Off Live! is a live audition for up-and-coming bands or musicians interested in performing at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival. At Sound Off Live!, competing bands/musicians have fifteen minutes to perform three songs in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The winners are guaranteed a performance slot at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival. Sound Off Live! is presented by and takes place at Hard Rock Café Baltimore, 601 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202. To apply, bands must submit an application complete with music samples no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The application is available at

Only bands/musicians from the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia region that have never been booked at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival are eligible to apply. Applicants must keep the following dates open: April 2019 exact date TBA (Light City), July 19-21, 2019 (Artscape) and September 27-29, 2019 (Baltimore Book Festival).

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School 33 Art Center is is now accepting applications from artists for its 2018 Fall/Winter Group Exhibitions in the first floor Main Gallery. Interested artists must submit recent work to the call no later than Monday, June 25, 2018, at 11:59pm.
Applicants will be notified of their status by Thursday, July 19, 2018.
The call for entry is open to all visual artists working in any medium. Through this open call, School 33 aims to present new work by emerging and mid-career artists from the United States and abroad. Two professional curators will select between five and ten artists for each exhibition, based upon individual artistic merit and curatorial vision. The resulting exhibitions will be on display Friday, October 12 through Saturday, November 24, 2018 and Friday, December 7, 2018 through Saturday, January 26, 2019. The fee to apply is $35.00 and includes a one-year membership to School 33 Art Center. Please visit for more information, or apply directly using this online Submittable application form: Out/Side & In/Between, 2017, Curated by Jarvis DuBois)

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ART@WORK is seeking a creative, engaging, resourceful, and organized Procurement Coordinator to assist the program directors with supply procurement and distribution and transportation coordination for six active mural project sites, professional development courses, field trips, and community events in two Baltimore City neighborhoods.

Part-time, Seasonal. This is a grant funded position. Continued employment and hours are contingent on receipt of grant funds.

June 18 to August 3

30 hours per week


Five days a week, Monday through Friday

Hourly rate, $15/hour

About Art @ Work Art @ Work is a five-week mural artist apprenticeship program for Baltimore City youth enrolled in the city’s YouthWorks program. 60 young people ages 14-21 will be hired to work under lead teaching artists to create eight highly visible murals and mosaics throughout their neighborhood.

The goal of Art @ Work is to introduce youth to career opportunities in the arts, offer gainful employment in a positive learning environment and to provide youth with the tools to express themselves through the arts, all while beautifying their community.


1303 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD 21201

East Children’s Area Interior Wall

Project budget up to $10,000


In an effort to brighten and beautify Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Children’s Area at the Orleans Street Branch, Baltimore-based artists and designers are invited to submit a proposal.


  1. Create a welcoming, vibrant space for children and families
  2. Brighten and beautify children’s area
  3. Highlight area artist/artist team


Mural location is the East Children’s Area wall, which measures 25ft wide and 16ft tall with vertical facing recessed lighting.

No specific subject matter is required and all complete proposals will be reviewed, however, submissions should reflect something appealing to the area, library and its customers. The final project may be a painted mural, printed or other media that appropriately fills the space. The library is open to a variety of materials. This submission should include every aspect of the design and install process. To learn more about the library, its patrons and those in the community, please attend the info session on: May 10, 2018 at 6pm. Artists may also submit questions to, questions should be submitted by May 10th for answer at the info session.

● Submissions due by May 31st, 2018
● Notification of winning design by July 2018

● Work to commence July/August 2018

When submissions are received on May 31st, jurors from the arts community and library staff shall decide on either one artist or artist groups for awarding of the project (depending upon the submission received). The jurors will include members of Baltimore’s artist community and Orleans Street Library staff.

Submission Instructions:
E-mail submissions to

1. Eligibility Requirements
Open to artists and designers living and working throughout Baltimore City.

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Community Art Grants support Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to enliven underutilized public spaces through high-impact, community-driven public art projects.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Public art projects – large in scale or in multiples including 2D visual art such as murals, and 3D visual art such as sculptures.
  • Performance art projects such as music, dance, theatre and parades
  • New media art forms including projection mapping, lighting, and soundscapes
  • Temporary public art projects sited on vacant lots within the Baltimore City limits
  • All projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space.

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Chris White Community Development Corporation and Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington, Delaware

Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence Request for Proposals

Residency Description

Through a dynamic partnership with the Chris White Community Development Corporation, a teaching artist/curator will engage with the Delaware Art Museum and Chris White Gallery for a one-year residency from September through August. This unique program affords a teaching artist/curator an opportunity to gain on-site experience working within the various communities the Delaware Art Museum and Chris White Gallery serve. Valuable skills in setting curricula, developing partnerships, engaging with artists, and exhibition planning and execution will be supported and gained through an extensive mentorship program with Chris White Gallery Committee Members and staff in the Delaware Art Museum’s Curatorial and Learning & Engagement departments.

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