Here's the latest info from Baltimore's nonprofit arts council, events center and film office.
  
Looking Ahead to 2018
As BOPA reflects on the many events, festivals, art exhibits and programs that made 2017 great, we know 2018 will be even better! Our 2018 calendar of events is out now and posted o n www.promotionandarts.org.

Mark your calendars for fan-favorites like the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and make it a resolution to check out an event you've never experienced before - like an art exhibit at School 33 Art Center, a tour of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower or Baltimore's Open Studio Tour. Interested in learning how you can create public art in your community? Attend one of our new public art info sessions in May or October. Learn more about our events and how you can get involved in Baltimore's arts community by visiting our website or calling 410-752-8632.
A Few Minutes With Roz Healy, BOPA's Interim CEO
Q. What's the most rewarding thing about your job?

A. I t’s good to work at a place where you’re always planning positive and meaningful programs that affect the community and in fact, make people want to come to Baltimore and live here.
Jurors Announced & Deadline Extended for 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize
BOPA announces the jurors for the 13th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, and that the deadline for artists to apply is extended until Friday, January 12, 2018 . The distinguished jurors for the 2018 competition are Lauren Cornell, Margot Norton and Kameelah Janan Rasheed. The prestigious competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region . More Info
Pictured: 2017 Sondheim finalist Benjamin Kelley
UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Monday, January 15, 2018, 12pm

Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King at the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Baltimore. More than 70 groups march in the parade to honor Dr. King's legacy including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. More Info

Artscape & Baltimore Book Festival
Information Session
January 23, 2018, 6-7pm
Interested in applying for Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival , but don't know where to start? This public information session will give an overview of everything needed to apply for both festivals. Plus, attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and meet other artists and potential collaborators. Location: The Creative Alliance,  (3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224) More Info
School 33 Art Center
January-February Exhibitions
On view: January 19-February 24, 2018
Free Opening Reception: Friday, January 19, 2018, 6-9pm

Main Gallery: Test Pattern
A group exhibition featuring works by: Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid and Rives Wiley. Curated by Melissa Webb.

Members Gallery: Bodies in Sounded Space
An exhibition of sculpture and musical performance by Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon.

Project Space: (un)familiar territory
An installation by Bobby Coleman 
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
Adventures Close to Home in the first Floor and Mezzanine Galleries
An exhibition of works by Ryan Syrell
On view: Saturday, February 3- Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Free Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
Art of Lace by Elsa Fitzgerald in the studio resident gallery (2nd Floor)
A collection of pieces by fashion designer Stacy Stube
On view: Saturday, February 3-
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 4:30-6:30pm
School 33 Art Center
Alla Prima Oil Painting: The Portrait
February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 & 10
12-3pm
Taught by the instructor Kai Lun Qu, students will explore the art of painting the portrait from life. The class will focus on creating a portrait from the early stages of setup to the finishing strokes. Students will be working from both live models and photos while they are guided through various ways of handling oil paint in order to create a finished piece.
Registration Fee: $250
CALLS FOR ARTISTS
Art on the Waterfront Call for Proposals : temporary sculpture installations funded up to $5,000. (Proposals due Monday, January 29, 2018)

The First Annual Municipal Art Society Public Art Prize : A $30,000 project award to create temporary public art for a specific site each year. (Proposals due Wednesday, January 31, 2018)

Community Health & Wellness Center Public Art Request for Qualifications : a $130,000 commission for public artwork for the interior of the new Community Health & Wellness Center located at 1200 E. Fayette St. (Proposals due Sunday, February 18, 2018)

For more information and to apply, visit our website
OPEN APPLICATIONS
Artscape Calls for Artists, Food Vendors, and More!

Returning for its 37th year, Artscape is currently accepting applications and proposals for interactive artwork projects, artist-run fairs, food vendors, stand-up comics, performing arts, non-profit cultural organizations and more! The deadline for most opportunities is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 , except for the Artists’ Market and Emerging Artist Program, which is Friday, March 30, 2018 , and the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize which is Sunday, April 15, 2018. Registration fees vary.
Click here to apply!
Registration Open for Brilliant Baltimore & Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase Program

Light City invites businesses and residents to participate in Brilliant Baltimore by illuminating their buildings in the official Light City colors of turquoise, lime green and hot pink. New this year, Brilliant Baltimore expands to include not only businesses and attractions downtown, but residential areas throughout the city through the new Brilliant Baltimore - Community Showcase Program . The community group with the most popular light display in their neighborhood will win $2,018 to put towards their community, with nine honorable mentions receiving $1,000 each. Displays are on view from April 6-21, 2018. Register for free here .
Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Baltimore Screenwriters Competition

Calling all screenwriters! The Baltimore Film Office is now accepting applications for the 13th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Applicants can submit screenplays in the features and short categories. The top entries in both categories win cash prizes and the feature winners also receive all access passes to the 2018 Maryland Film Festival. Click here to apply.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the city's arts council, events center and film office.
BOPA is able to do all of its programs thanks to the support from a variety of public and private funders/donors.