The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) has announced Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC),featuring free arts & cultural events from participating venues and organizations throughout Baltimore City. Free Fall Baltimore is held each October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, and showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts provides grants, ranging from $250 to $1,500, to cultural organizations with operating budgets under $300,000 to provide free events during the month of October. Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Free Fall Baltimore will occur as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, October 1, 2020 and lasts all month through Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Free Fall Baltimore is presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).
Free Fall Baltimore event highlights include: behind-the-scenes virtual access to the studios of Baltimore-based visual artists during the 32nd annual Baltimore Open Studio Tour; art exhibitions from the Hot Sauce Artist Collective; the second annual Baltimore Jazz Conference by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance; virtual performances from the Strand Theater Company and Rapid Lemon Productions; the Black Film Festival and Youth Art Exhibit, hosted by Catherine’s Family and Youth Services; a virtual Doors Open, Baltimore’s annual architecture festival; and many more arts and cultural programs.
Free Fall Baltimore’s month-long calendar of free events provides the public equitable access to arts and cultural programs and institutions that may otherwise be inaccessible to many during other times of the year. By providing a schedule of mostly virtual programming, Free Fall Baltimore maintains public health and safety while expanding its virtual reach beyond Baltimore City. The participating organizations are included below.
Participating Organizations (Subject to Change)
|American Visionary Art Museum||Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center|
|Bach in Baltimore (d/b/a); Bach Concert Series, Inc.||Greater Mondawmin Community|
|Baltimore Architecture Foundation||Handel Choir of Baltimore|
|Baltimore Children’s Choir||Hot Sauce|
|Baltimore Jazz Alliance||Jewish Museum of Maryland|
|Baltimore Musicales||Make Studio Art Program, Inc.|
|Baltimore Theatre Project, Inc.||Misto di Voci Ensemble Quint Essential Winds|
|Black Cherry Puppet Theater||Muse 360 Arts|
|Bonneau Caprece LLC||Phil Ravita Jazz Group|
|Catherine’s Family and Youth Services||Rapid Lemon Productions, Inc.|
|CityLit Project||Reginald F. Lewis Museum|
|Community Concerts at Second||Roland Park Community Center 501(c)3|
|Contemporary Arts Inc.||SOGAA Inc.|
|Corner Community Center||Strand Theater Company|
Visit www.freefallbaltimore.org to see the schedule of events and participating organizations. Follow BOPA at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date all month long.