The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) dedicates a Transformative Art Prize project by renowned artist Amy Sherald, in partnership with Station North Arts & Entertainment District. A large-scale version of the artist’s oil on canvas painting, “Equilibrium,” will be installed at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201, situated at the geographic center of the city. After the dedication, guests are invited to a brief reception at the Parkway. 

The original painting is in the permanent collection of the Embassy of the United States, Dakar, Senegal. Originally awarded in 2014, the Transformative Art Prize project is managed by BOPA and supported by Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development, Station North Arts & Entertainment District and Charles North Community Association. PNC Bank was a dedicated supporter of this project in 2014.  

About Amy Sherald:
Amy Sherald (American, b. Columbus, GA 1973, lives and works in Baltimore, MD) received her MFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and BA in painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997), and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama (1997). Known for her stylized portraits of African Americans, in 2016, Sherald was the first woman to win the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition; an accompanying exhibition, “The Outwin 2016,” was on tour through August 2018. In February 2018, Sherald unveiled her official portrait of Former First Lady Michelle Obama, commissioned for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Sherald has had solo shows at venues including Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL (2016); Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD (2013); and University of North Carolina, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Chapel Hill, NC (2011). A solo exhibition of new and recent works first opened at Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, MO in May 2018 and will travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA. Recent group exhibitions include “Southern Accent,” Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (2016), which traveled to Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY (2017), and “Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture,” California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2017). Residencies include Odd Nerdrum Private Study, Larvik, Norway (2005); Tong Xion Art Center, Beijing, China (2008); Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD (2016); and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New Orleans, LA (2017). Sherald’s work is held in the public collections of the Embassy of the United States, Dakar, Senegal; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; and Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC. Sherald is represented by Hauser & Wirth, New York.

Park Heights Renaissance is looking for an artist partner to design a Transformative Art project for a vacant lot in their community.

About the lot

The lot in consideration is the site of a proposed community garden to benefit the students, families and community around Arlington Elementary Middle School. The project is supported by Park Heights Renaissance, the school, and multiple community partners. It is located in a residential community, surrounded mainly by housing, and is approximately 3 blocks from Arlington Elementary Middle School, on a corridor that sees a fair amount of auto and foot traffic.

Goals for the Project

For this project, we hope to engage the community in planning what the final project will entail, but we expect that this will be a permanent visual enhancement (mural, sculpture, etc.). The intent is that the experience and the artwork itself will simultaneously improve the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood, engage students and adults in an artistic opportunity, and help the generate interest and engagement in the community garden.

If you’re interested in working with Park Heights Renaissance, please contact:

Tony Bridges,  and

Jennifer Caldwell,


Lead Artist Name: Navasha Daya

Additional Artists/Roles: Moziah Saleem (drum instructor)

Project Name: Cherry Hill Intergenerational Choir and Drum ensemble

Project Description: Led by internationally recognized singer, songwriter and activist Navasha Daya, the Youth Resiliency Institute and the Cherry Hill Homes Community will form the Cherry Hill Intergenerational Choir. The choir will team up with visual artists Vaquea Singletary and Jackie Mayo in the Cherry Hill community along with Grammy Award winning percussionist Moziah Saleem to create a touring performance and visual artist hybrid project comprised of Cherry Hill voices of all ages.

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WHERE: 734 North Monroe Street, Baltimore, Maryland,

WHEN: September 18, 2016, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

EXPECT: Music, Food, and movies for children and adult

Thanks to a grant from Baltimore Office of the Promotion and the Arts’ PNC Transformative Art program, a collaborative project involving Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy and Ground Root, Inc. (formerly A New Day) will kick-off the Community Walk Through Theater (CWTT), an innovative program that will inform, educate, and entertain residents in Midtown. This arts engagement project takes full advantage of Mid-town assets by providing opportunities to create and display art, movies, messages, etc. on a 12 X 19 foot screen using a high powered projector. This projector will display information from the second floor window to a wall 150 feet directly across the street. Other partners involved with this project are A Step Forward, BUILD, Ground Root, and Missions Continues.

In addition to the kick-off event the following events will occur on this lot from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Each event will show short movies for children and adults as well share upcoming community events:

  • Sunday, September 25: Education and Businesses in Midtown
  • Sunday, October 2: Community Service in Midtown
  • Sunday, October 9: Art in Midtown
  • Sunday, October 16: Spirituality in Midtown
  • Dates are subject to change based on weather conditions.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ray Baylor at 410-961-2205 or Dr. Randolph H. Rowel at 443-885-3138 or email at


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting applications for the 2016 PNC Transformative Art Prize!  The award grants up to $30,000 to Baltimore City community groups to enliven their underutilized public spaces through high-impact, community-driven public art projects. For 2016, the PNC Transformative Art Prize will build on the momentum and energy of the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival (March 28-April 3) and invite proposals for outdoor lighting and projection works of art. Community groups are asked to partner with artists and/or arts organizations to propose and design a transformative art concept for their neighborhood.

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