The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting entries for the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition.All screenwriters are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to craft a winning screenplay highlighting Baltimore. Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project ofthe Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

The deadlinefor submissions is January 15, 2021 by 5pm. The application and full guidelines are available online at

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ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development symposium, presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) each year, in different parts of the state. ArtsLAB is a place where artists, arts professionals, advocates and more, come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector. This year will be the first ever VIRTUAL ArtsLAB. There will be an interactive artist performance, as well as honest conversations about the arts sector.

This year’s theme is: Decolonizing the Arts.

When: Friday, November 20, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Crowdcast virtual platform
WHO: This event is open to artists, arts professionals, advocates and more looking to come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector.
WHAT TO EXPECT: You can expect progressive, forward-moving (and thinking) conversations about how to make Maryland’s art sector the leading art sector in the country. There will be open and honest conversations about what challenges the community faces and ways to overcome them.

Find out what’s in store for ArtsLAB 2020.

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For four evenings in November, the Maryland Theatre for the Performing Art (MTPA)’s StageOne @ Park Place will be transformed by Orange Grove Dance (“OGD”) into a live, site-specific, socially-distanced performance, Still Standing, featuring a vivid light installation that gently reflects the adjacent Annapolis National Cemetery. With the audience viewing from MTPA’s Veterans Overlook, OGD will bring their trademark virtuosic athleticism and the alluring music of Composer Dylan Glatthorn to this surreal luminescent landscape designed by acclaimed Lighting Designer Peter Leibold.

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Society’s Cage; Photo Credit: Tiffany Thompson

Society’s Cage: What is the value of a Black life in America?

Society’s Cage, an experiential public art installation, is now exhibited on War Memorial Plaza, at 101 North Gay Street, through Friday, October 30, 9 AM – 9 PM daily.

Created by SmithGroup architects Dayton Schroeter and Julian Arrington, in the aftermath of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Society’s Cage highlights the historic forces of racialized state violence in America.

500 hanging steel bars form a cavernous cube with a habitable void, allowing visitors to experience the symbolic weight of institutional racism. A commissioned soundscape offer an emotive experience designed to build empathy and understanding.

Share your experience with us on social media with #SocietysCage.

Individuals interested in volunteering as a docent for Society’s Cage, please contact BOPA for more information.

Society’s Cage is a signature event of Free Fall Baltimore, presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council, produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with programming support from the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore). 

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The winners of the 2020 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize have been announced!

Congratulations to Schroeder Cherry and Hoesy Corona, who will each receive $6,000 in funding for travel essential to their studio practice.

The fifth annual Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City.

Schroeder Cherry plans for six days of travel to Salvador, Brazil to study African diaspora in paintings, murals and assemblage art. The experience would expand Cherry’s knowledge of Black images, historic and contemporary, in the city with the largest African diaspora population outside Africa. Cherry’s work depicts Black diaspora experiences in the US.

Hoesy Corona will travel to Yuriria, Guanajuato, Mexico and the surrounding rural town of Tierra Blanca to inform a new body of work tentatively titled “Acts of Liberation”. The series will draw from Corona’s personal experiences as a queer-Mexican-immigrant to poetically consider how immigrants thrive in a new place despite their unique circumstances.

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An emergency lifeline for nonprofits in Baltimore

From youth development to providing a helping hand to neighbors experiencing homelessness, nonprofit organizations play a critical role in helping Baltimore residents build a good life. Nonprofits in Baltimore responded quickly to the coronavirus pandemic to continue crucial services, and many have seen unplanned costs as a result of the public health crisis. Mayor Young created the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund to provide a critical lifeline to Baltimore nonprofit organizations faced with unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This one-time, $5 million fund supports nonprofit organizations by reimbursing them for unplanned costs incurred since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Through the Nonprofit Relief Fund, Baltimore City is one of a few places in the country prioritizing financial support for nonprofit organizations with federal CARES Act funding.

The application for the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund is now open through 11:59 p.m. on November 20, 2020.

Read More and Apply Here.

Calls for Artists at Maryland HBCU Campuses

The Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Public Art Initiative has announced two open Calls for Artists for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy & Health Professions, and the Coppin State University College of Business. The projects are the first Maryland Public Art Initiative public artworks on Maryland HBCU campuses. 

Both Calls to Artists are open to any artist or artist team living in the United States. Artists with a connection to HBCUs and/or residents of Maryland are especially encouraged to apply. Information on each project and how to apply below. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 3:00 p.m. ET.

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