As Baltimore’s Arts Council, BOPA is committed to focusing on the importance of Census completion within the creative community. The promotional campaign “I’m Creative & I Count” was implemented into BOPA’s programming and events in early 2020 with the goal of engaging Baltimore’s thriving community of creatives. The campaign has since been adapted to engage through social media, featuring videos and live online performances from Baltimore based artists.

By participating in the Census, you give proper representation to Baltimore’s community of artists, musicians, educators and other creatives.

Invitations for the 2020 U.S. Census were mailed to residences earlier this year. Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Census self-response deadline has been extended to Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Look for the 2020 U.S. Census invitations in the mail at home. Participation is easy and responses can be submitted online, by mailed paper form, or by calling the Census Bureau.

As part of the “I’m Creative & I Count” campaign, BOPA has distributed brochures, buttons, stickers and information about the importance of the Census, while continuing to reach out to our creative city virtually through our social media.

BOPA also spoke with Baltimore-based artists about what it means to be a part of our vibrant creative community. Take a look at their stories below:

YESENIA MEJIA Mexican Folkloric Artist

Watch Yesenia Mejia’s video in English / en español

ELI BEN-YAACOV Recording Engineer & Musician
SHARAYNA CHRISTMAS Dancer & Founder of Muse 360 Arts
CRYSTAL MICRIOTTI Mixed Media & Community Artist
Exploring Baltimore’s Murals

The 2020 Census count determines how more than $675 billion Federal dollars supporting State and Local community programs will be allocated across the country. Baltimore is slated for approximately $900 million annually. Accurate reporting is crucial, as Baltimore loses more than $18,000 in federal funding for every person not counted.  

Participation in the Census is required by law, and responses can be submitted online, by mailed paper form, or by calling the Census Bureau.

For more information on the Census timeline, requirements and how to participate, visit and

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