Here's the latest info from Baltimore’s nonprofit arts council, events center, and film office.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, event details are subject to change. Please contact the hosting organization for the most up-to-date information.
The Importance of Arts & Entertainment Districts
Since 2001, Maryland has designated 29 Arts & Entertainment Districts throughout the state. These districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives.

According to the Department of Commerce, the most recent economic impact study shows that in FY2020, events and new businesses in Maryland's A&E Districts supported more than $148.6 million in state GDP, over $10 million in state and local tax revenues, and 1,454 jobs that paid more almost $47 million in wages. And the impact to quality of life is priceless.

Baltimore City boasts four Arts & Entertainment Districts — each one with its own vibe and selection of dining, shopping, and events. They are:

  • Bromo Seltzer A&E District
  • Highlandtown A&E District
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts A&E District
  • Station North A&E District

Each Arts & Entertainment District has to undergo a redesignation process every 10 years, which involves, among other things, holding public hearings for community discussion and input. This year, the Bromo Seltzer A&E District and the Station North A&E District are undergoing that process.

On Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m., join the Station North and Bromo Seltzer Arts & Entertainment Districts for a virtual public hearing hosted by the Department of Planning to hear more about how to get redesignated as an arts district. You will learn more about what redesignation means, the benefits of the arts districts, and the impact they have on the growing arts community in each area. The hearing will end with a Q&A.

Even if you don't live in or near one of these creative communities, Baltimore's A&E Districts benefit everyone. They produce a plethora of activities for people of all ages, walks of life, and artistic ability to enjoy. They activate different areas of the city and promote local businesses. And they provide a supportive space for many of Baltimore's brilliant artists to live and work.

That's why we encourage you to tune in to the virtual hearing on Tuesday, March 29, to learn how you can support these districts in return.
BOPA provides programming and technical support to the City's A&E Districts. Your tax-deductible donation helps us to support the artists and arts organizations who make Baltimore beautiful!
Catch These Exhibitions Before They Close
Ernest Shaw Jr.'s solo exhibition continues through Sunday, April 17, at the Top of the World Observation Level. 'Continuous Line' examines the uninterrupted connection between continental African traditional culture and Africans dispersed throughout the diaspora. For more information, hours, and tickets to Top of the World, click the button below.
The Emerge Baltimore exhibition series continues at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower with the work of three incredible artists: Aliana Grace Bailey, Raquel Thompson, and Derrick 'DJ' Smith. Their individual solo shows are on view through Sunday, April 24, 2022. For more information about visiting the Bromo Arts Tower, click the button below.
Playing at Baltimore Theatre Project
Happenstance Theater's "POCKET MOXIE: A Happenstance Vaudeville" is an homage to the style and spirit of the Great Age of Vaudeville with slapstick comedy, tight harmonies and celestial charades. The production opens at Theater Project on Thursday, March 24, and runs through Sunday, April 3. For tickets, showtimes, and safety protocols, click below.
Happenstance Theater was a participating organization of Free Fall Baltimore last October. BOPA is thrilled to provide support through programs like Free Fall to help arts organizations like Happenstance Theater continue their work in the community.
Security-Curated Exhibition Opens at the BMA
Photo courtesy of Baltimore Magazine, March 2022.
On Sunday, March 27, at the BMA, the highly-anticipated exhibition curated by guards from the BMA's security department opens to the public. It will be on view through Sunday, July 10, 2022.

The 17 officers who elected to participate are Traci Archable-Frederick, Jess Bither, Ben Bjork, Ricardo Castro, Melissa Clasing, Bret Click, Alex Dicken, Kellen Johnson, Michael Jones, Rob Kempton, Chris Koo, Alex Lei, Dominic Mallari, Dereck Mangus, Sara Ruark, Joan Smith, and Elise Tensley. The group reflects a broad range of backgrounds and interests with officers who are also artists, chefs, musicians, scholars, and writers.

For more information, and to reserve your free passes, click below.
How We Break Free: Confronting Hard Truths
CityLit Project presents the 19th annual CityLit Festival, a celebration of literature for readers and writers alike. "How We Break Free: Confronting Hard Truths" is the underlying theme of the month-long event this year.

On Tuesday, March 29, from 7:30–9:00 p.m. at Motor House, CityLit is hosting an event titled "How We Get Free: The Birth of Promise with Christine Platt, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo & Kristoffer Carter." This festival "finale" will start with a half hour coaching session for writers taking on new or large projects, followed by a meaningful conversation with three game-changing authors. The event is free to attend. Click the button below for more information.
BOPA is a sponsor of the CityLit Festival and is proud to partner with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to support readers and writers of all ages.
Quantifying the Impact of Arts Across the City
The Baltimore Farmers' Market returns for its 45th season on April 3, 2022. This treasured Sunday tradition is Maryland's largest producer-only market, offering a weekly selection of fresh cut flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly baked bread and pastries, dairy products, meats and seafood, and more. Many of your favorite farmers and vendors are back this year, along with some new faces. Here is the breakdown for this season:
You can purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, & herbs from 32 area farms.
There will be 35 vendors serving up prepared foods this season.
The Market will feature 34 artisans selling their locally-made wares.
Hosted by the Black Arts District
The Black Arts & Entertainment District presents Womxn of the World Poetry Slam 2022. Phenomenal poets from around the world are coming to Baltimore to compete for over $10,000 in cash prizes and the title of Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion. The preliminaries on Thursday & Friday, March 31 & April 1, are free to attend. Come out to see who will make it to final stage on April 2! Send a direct message (DM) to @officialblackartsdistrict for the ticket link. You can learn more about the competition by clicking below.
Produced by the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will honor the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters — Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Jr., Billy Hart, and Cassandra Wilson — and kick off a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the program with a concert on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to the evening's performances, NEA Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and Founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ Randall Kline will provide remarks. For details, and to reserve your free tickets, click below.
Part of the Shriver Hall Concert Series
On Saturday, April 2, at 3:00 p.m., Eric Lu makes his Baltimore debut in a program featuring Schubert's Sonata in A major, written just a couple of months before the composer's death and considered one of his most extraordinary achievements. There is a suggested donation of $10, and registrants will have the option to attend the concert virtually or in person at UMBC. For information and tickets, click the button below.
Fostering Conversation Through the Arts
Inspired by Citizen University’s Civic Saturdays, The Baltimore Butterfly Sessions bring together music, poetry, literary excerpts, and thought-provoking keynote addresses to catalyze conversation and build awareness around today’s most pressing issues.

On Monday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m., the discussion will center on residential boarding schools, where thousands of Native children were placed after being forcibly removed from their families. The first and most well-known of the schools was the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, just under two hours away from Baltimore in Carlisle, PA.

In collaboration with Native American Lifelines, this Baltimore Butterfly Session will discuss the generational impact of Carlisle and other schools like it. Featuring music from THE CARLISLE PROJECT by Laguna Pueblo & Cherokee composer Ronee Penoi, special words by longtime Indigenous community activist Michael Nephew, and a keynote from Jess McPherson of Native American Lifelines and the Circle Legacy Project.

For information and to reserve your free ticket, click blow.
Stories About Baltimore's Creative Community
Nonprofit arts organization ArtsCentric is hosting a block party in the Remington neighborhood on Saturday, April 9. Read more about this awesome organization and what they have planned for the BMORE ArtsCentric! festival at the link below.

The American Visionary Art Museum's founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger will soon be stepping down, and the current President & CEO of The Heidelberg Project, Jenenne Whitfeld, will take over her role in September. Read the full story about this transition below.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has appointed two members of its senior leadership team to serve as interim co-directors following Christopher Bedford's departure in June. You can learn about these accomplished appointees at the link below.

Since Russia declared war on Ukraine, many local organizations have found ways to support Ukrainian refugees. In the coming month, Creative Alliance and An Die Musik will host benefit concerts featuring lineups of homegrown talent to raise funds. Read more about these efforts below.

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