Request for Proposals – Art of Activism Exhibition and Outdoor Banner Display

Maryland Hall, in partnership with the Banneker Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, invites Maryland-based Black artists, whose work encapsulates activism and social justice through education, to send proposals to take – one of six – 5 ft. x 9 ft tall Black Lives Matter banners, which are currently hanging on the front steps of Maryland Hall, to use as a canvas for justice. Selected artists are asked to challenge viewers’ perception of art by using their individual banner as a platform to discuss social oppression and systemic patterns through visual or performance art. Artists will receive a payment of $1,000 to design and create their banners. 

Applications are due by Friday, November 13, 2020. Apply here.

The 6 artists selected by a panel of jurors, in addition to having their finished banners displayed on our campus, will participate in a curated exhibition, Art of Activism, which will be on display at Maryland Hall from (January 8 – February 27, 2021). Hand-selected protest art from private collections will be shown throughout the building to complement current activist art.

Finally, additional artists will be chosen to create work on smaller Black Lives Matter banners that will hang at the Banneker Douglass Museum and will coincide with the Art of Activism showcase at Maryland Hall.

Read more and download the full request for proposal here:

Shop Art This Holiday Season

Artists Sunday is an alliance of more than 2,000 artists, local arts agencies, cities, counties, state agencies, chambers of commerce, and organizations coming together to encourage consumers to shop with their favorite local artists and craftsmen during the holiday season. Artists Sunday takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this year on Sunday, November 29.

Artists and art organizations across the country are hosting events and promotions to engage with consumers nationwide and encourage them to “shop art” for the holidays. Participation is free for artists, economic development agencies and non-profit organizations.

Learn more about Artists Sunday, view the full calendar of events and see sample artwork at

Calling all Bromo Arts District artists!

The Bromo Arts District is in the middle of an exciting re-brand and relaunch of their website. This relaunch will include the creation of the Bromo Artist Directory, which will provide artists with free marketing and publicity. If you are an artist that lives or works within the district, please fill out this survey to be listed in the directory and to provide important feedback on resources and events you would like to see in Bromo.

Located in Downtown Baltimore, the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District was established in 2012 to realize the area’s potential as a thriving downtown arts neighborhood. The Bromo Tower A&E District, anchored to the south by the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, stretches north to include the historic Lexington Market and up to Antique Row, just blocks away from Mount Vernon. Learn More.

DJ Angel Baby visits Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower for Charm TV’s Discover Baltimore series.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, originally The Emerson Tower, has been a Baltimore landmark since its construction in 1911 and was the tallest building in Baltimore at the time. After an extensive renovation, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts officially opened the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower with studio spaces for visual and literary artists in 2008.

Located at 21 S. Eutaw Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore’s West Side near the Hippodrome Theater, Baltimore Convention Center and the University of Maryland of Baltimore, the 15-story city landmark is the perfect location for artists.

Last winter, Charm TV visited the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower for a tour of the artist studios, museum and clock tower as part of their Discover Baltimore series. The tour premiered on Charm TV this week – watch the video above to learn more about this historic Baltimore landmark!


As part of Governor Larry Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative, it was announced last week that an additional $3 million will be distributed by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) through its Emergency Grant Program. Created in March in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Emergency Grants provide funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. 

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020 to be considered for funding. 

For complete information regarding the Emergency Grant process, including guidelines and rubrics, please visit the MSAC website

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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