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.
Celebrating Black History & Culture
In addition to honoring Black history this February, we at BOPA also want to connect it to some of the incredible work Black creatives are doing in the present — right here in Baltimore.

In 2019 (which feels like it was yesterday), the state designated a new arts & entertainment district along Pennsylvania Avenue. Despite being the newest such district, the Black Arts & Entertainment District has continued to grow and produce events throughout the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Avenue corridor has historically hosted Black artists and performers at its venues. Once viewed as the heart of Black culture in Baltimore, the jazz clubs along the "The Avenue" were filled with some of the most popular performers of the day — Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Eubie Blake, James Brown, and more.

Unfortunately, nearly all of the clubs they played in — Club Tijuana, Red Fox, the Comedy Club, Phil's, the Royal Theatre (pictured above), the Sphinx Club, Club Casino, Gamby's, Le Coq d'Or — don't exist anymore. The only live performance venue that remains is The Arch Social Club.

The Arch Social Club is still a a cornerstone for Black Baltimore’s civic, social, and cultural life. Now, it welcomes a new generation of activists, artists, entrepreneurs and patrons to The Avenue as the entryway to the Black Arts & Entertainment District.

Keep an eye on this district — there are big plans in the works. Proposed ideas include a museum devoted to jazz legend Cab Calloway and a museum celebrating the history of Black women. To learn more about all of the awesome work happening on The Avenue, click below.
BOPA provides programming and technical support to the City's A&E Districts.
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On View at Top of the World & Bromo Tower
Ernest Shaw Jr.'s 'Continuous Line' exhibition continues through Sunday, April 17, at the Top of the World Observation Level. Enjoy an afternoon at the "Gallery in the Sky" and take in the stunning views of Baltimore alongside Ernest Shaw's incredible art. For details, click the button below.
The Emerge Baltimore exhibition series kicks off with a trio of rising artists: Aliana Grace Bailey, Raquel Thompson, and Derrick 'DJ' Smith. Their individual solo shows are on view at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower through Sunday, April 24, 2022. For more information about visiting this historic landmark, click the button below.
A Conversation With Ernest Shaw Jr.
On Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m., Bmore Art’s Jeffrey Kent and Cara Ober for a conversation on Zoom with artist Ernest Shaw Jr. and curator Kirk Shannon-Butts. They'll discuss the importance of authentic visual storytelling, as well as Shaw’s contributions as a mentor, muralist, and educator in Baltimore. This event is free. Click the below to reserve your spot.
South Baltimore's Premier Community Arts Center
BOPA manages the School 33 Art Center in South Baltimore, a community arts center that provides gallery space for exhibitions, studio space for practicing artists, art programs for children and adults, and special events. School 33's innovative free year-round outreach and cultural programming attracts an annual audience of approximately 24,000 visitors. While School 33 has been temporarily closed to the public since the pandemic began, the studios are full of artists busy creating. Like the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, School 33 houses artist studios. You may have visited some of them if you came out for BOPA's annual Open Studio Tour in October. If not, you can find out more about each of the artists-in-residence at School 33 at the button below.
Jump-Start the Planning for Your Perfect Day
If you recently celebrated an engagement, first — congratulations! Second, you are cordially invited to the Cloisters Open House Plus on Saturday, March 12, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. It's the perfect opportunity to get a jump-start on planning your perfect day. In addition to a tour of the castle, you will meet with an array of local wedding vendors (and taste test the caterers). Visitors and guests need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours to attend. For more information, click the button below.
Quantifying the Impact of Arts Across the City
This week, we want to highlight two big numbers from 2021. In a year when events were still being cancelled or postponed and restrictions made it difficult for many creatives to resume their practice, BOPA awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants and prizes — $466,723 to be exact — to individual artists and arts organizations. These funds provided general operating support, subsidized projects and programming, and helped individual artists make ends meet and continue to create. Also in 2021, BOPA paid $184,650 in artist fees. This includes stipends for teaching artists, funding for murals, and other public art projects. With additional grant programs like the Artist Recovery Grant (ARG) and reinvigorated partnerships with local institutions, BOPA aims to continue its trajectory of support for Baltimore's creative community in 2022.
Grants & Prizes Awarded in 2021
Artist Fees Paid in 2021
A Two-Day Festival in Honor of Django Reinhardt
Back in person for a seventh year, it's two nights of blazing guitar runs, violin crescendos, luscious vocals, and jazz heat all in the spirit of the great Belgian jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The festival takes place Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19, and one and two-day tickets are still available. For details on the lineup, times, and tickets, click below.
Comedians Khairy Urquhart & Ivan Martin
On Tuesday, February 22, from 7:00 –10:00 p.m., join Baltimore-based comedians Khairy Urquhart and Ivan Martin at the Motor House. They will discuss the current state of the Baltimore comedy scene, who to watch, where to go see comedy, and what the year has in store. This event is free. For details and directions, click the button below.
A Children's Festival for All Ages
On Wednesday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m., Arts for Learning Maryland invites students of all grades to participate in Blacktastic, a children's festival of Black history & culture. Six enriching performances and workshops will bring the inspiration of arts integration into your home or classroom at an affordable price. For more information and how to register, click below.
See One of the Greatest American Plays
Now through Sunday, February 27, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play "A Raisin in the Sun." Get showtimes, tickets, and health & safety information at the button below.
A Celebration of Literature
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. The Festival begins with a virtual event on Tuesday, March 1, continues with day-long programming on Saturday, March 12, at the Pratt Central Library, and ends on Friday, April 1, at Busboys and Poets as a nod to the start of National Poetry Month. Fore more information on all CityLit Festival events, click below.
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.
In Case You Missed It
Baltimore Fishbowl reports that three Baltimore museums are currently in the running for USA Today's10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards. Find out which three museums are being considered and how you can cast your vote at the link below.

Baltimore native Tania Speaks recently made a deal with "Shark Tank's" Mark Cuban to invest in her organic skincare line. Read more about this entrepreneurial maker's process, luscious handmade products, and her inspiration to start a business at the link below.

Baltimore artist LaToya Hobbs has a piece currently hanging at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of the "All Due Respect" exhibition, on view through April 3. Hobbs is also the winner of the $25,000 Sondheim Art Prize in 2019. To read more on her work and career, click below.

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