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.
Shaw Jr.'s 'Continuous Line' Exhibition Opens
The view of Baltimore from the Top of the World Observation Level is breathtaking, but it can't compare to the brilliance here inside. It's easy to forget you're standing in this stunning "Gallery in the Sky" when you're surrounded by the work of Baltimore native — and one of the City's most unsung artists — Ernest Shaw Jr. BOPA has been looking forward to reactivating this gallery space for a while, and Shaw's 'Continuous Line' exhibition is only the first of many.

There is also no better way to celebrate the start of Black History Month than by engaging with Shaw's new work. Through his layered images, he examines the uninterrupted, unremitting connection between continental African traditional culture and Africans dispersed throughout the diaspora. And he dispels the myth that the Black American has been separated and stripped of their name, culture, language, and history — rather they are linked by a continuous line.

Shaw's ability to render the human body is beautifully, painfully honest. His forms capture a powerful depth of emotion even when their faces are obscured. Many guests tonight have been overheard remarking that they'll have to come back. It's just too much talent to absorb in one visit.

Ernest Shaw Jr.'s 'Continuous Line' exhibition is on view through Sunday, April 17, 2022. There will be an Artist Talk on Thursday, March 17, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Top of the World Observation Level is open Thursday–Sunday. For tickets, hours, and visitor information, click the button below.
"Self Portrait"
BOPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means our programming is largely funded by donations from our constituents. If you want to support exhibitions and events like Ernest Shaw Jr.'s 'Continuous Line,' click below.
Three Solo Shows Open Simultaneously at Bromo
BOPA presents three solo shows that open simultaneously at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower next Thursday, February 10, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. as part of BOPA’s Emerge Baltimore exhibition series. This trio of artists represents the zealous expression and cutting-edge vision that will thrust Baltimore City creative culture into the future. And all three of their shows are set in the stunning galleries of the historic Bromo Seltzer Tower. For details, click below.
Did You Know?
The Bromo Seltzer Tower has been a Baltimore landmark since its construction in 1911. At the time, it was the tallest building in the city. This impressive structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. The tower was designed by Joseph Evans Sperry and built by Captain Isaac Emerson.

Captain Emerson, who was also the inventor of the headache remedy Bromo Seltzer, had a genuine interest in the City of Baltimore. One of his contemporaries noted, "...he interests himself thoroughly in everything tending to advance our city, and is a patron of all worthy enterprises seeking to push Baltimore to the front."

Now, BOPA is continuing Captain Emerson's legacy by advancing our city's cultural community. BOPA has transformed the Bromo Seltzer Tower into 15 floors of state-of-the-art studio space for visual and literary artists. For more more about the history of the Bromo Tower, plus details on studio rentals, click below.
Explore the Highlandtown A&E District
Baltimore City's Arts & Entertainment Districts lead the city’s cultural renaissance and serve as a national model for cultural districts. BOPA is proud to provide grant opportunities and support for these cultural communities. This Friday, February 4, from 5:00–9:00 p.m., you can see all that the Highlandtown A&E District has to offer during the Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk. Click below for a complete map of the district with venue details.
Quantifying the Impact of Arts Across the City
Despite the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baltimore Film Office was able to facilitate 85 productions in FY21, bringing jobs and business to the state.
Total attendance at the 2020-21 Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar was about 73,000 people. The Market supports over 100 small businesses.
The Baltimore City Arts Council is administering 17 different grants, prizes, and awards in 2022. These programs will help support local artists of all ages.
Plus Help With All Your Party-Planning Needs
The next Cloisters Open House is on Saturday, February 12, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. As the steward of this incredible property, BOPA invites newly engaged couples and their families to tour the castle and meet with an array of local vendors. (It's worth the visit just to sample the caterers!)

Visitors and guests need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours to attend. In case of inclement weather, please check The Cloisters website or click the button below for more information.
Victorian Thriller Opens in Fells Point
Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) opens its production of Patrick Hamilton's Victorian thriller "Angel Street," also known as "Gaslight," this Friday. The show, which addresses psychological violence and coercive control in an intimate partner relationship, is where the term "gaslighting" originates. It runs from February 4–20, 2022 in conjunction with Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. For tickets, showtimes, and safety protocols, click below.
FPCT was a producing venue during BOPA's Free Fall Baltimore in October. BOPA is thrilled to provide support through programs like Free Fall to help smaller arts organizations like FPCT continue their work in the community.
Celebrate (Or Commiserate) for Valentine's Day
On Monday, February 7, the Stoop Storytelling Series kicks off another installment at Baltimore Center Stage with drinks & dancing at 6:30 p.m. (The stories start at 7:30 p.m.) The theme is Real Life Rom-Coms: True Stories About Meet Cutes and Bad Breaks. The Stoop Storytelling Series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features “ordinary” people sharing the extraordinary true tales of their lives. For tickets, click the button below.
The Yale Gordon Young Artist Concert
Three visionary artists — violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao, and cellist Jay Campbell — combine talents for their Baltimore debut concert at Shriver Hall on Sunday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. All ticket holders must be in compliance with the venue's COVID-19 safety policies, including being fully vaccinated and, if eligible, having received their booster dose. For more information and tickets, click the button below.
In Case You Missed It
The Mortified series continues next weekend with "Doomed Valentine's Day" on Sunday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. Celebrate with laughter as adults share their childhood and adolescent love-themed diaries, sappy poetry, and love letters. For details, tickets, and safety information, click below.
In Case You Missed It
In a recent press release, the BMA announced a whole host of acquisitions, including a piece by Baltimore native Ernest Shaw Jr. (Shaw's work is on view right now at the Top of the World Observation Level.) To read more about the BMA's new works, click below.

Condé Nast Traveler recently identified six small cities with big-time arts scenes and we're not surprised that Baltimore tops the list. One of the highlights mentioned is the BOPA-produced Artscape, despite its two-year hiatus. See what else makes Baltimore's arts scene special below.

On March 13, the Walters Arts Museum will open an exhibit called "Majolica Mania," featuring a little-known — and surprisingly deadly — ceramic art form with ties to Baltimore. To read more about the upcoming exhibit, and the victims it honors, click below.

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