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BOPA is proud to present Free Fall Baltimore 2021, a citywide celebration that offers hundreds of free arts & cultural events at participating venues throughout Baltimore City. Each year BOPA provides Baltimore City-based organizations and local venues/event spaces with operating budgets under $300,000 grants that range from $250–1,000 to produce free cultural events in Baltimore City during the month of October.
Free Fall Baltimore applications are open!
Applications close September 3.
Welcome Maryland Art Lovers Into Your Studio
Vector art by Benjamin Jancewicz for the
2020 OST Weekend
Be a part of BOPA's 33rd Annual Baltimore Open Studio Tour!

Each year attendees travel from across Maryland and the surrounding region to visit the studios of artists in Baltimore, see their work, and step into their working processes.

Open your studio on October 23 and 24, and take the opportunity to share your work with the public and other artists during OST Weekend.

All fine, visual, and performance artists with studios within the Baltimore City limits are eligible to participate. Registration closes Sunday, September 12, 2021.
The BOPA Arts Council Has You Covered
The Arts Council held an info session on August 11 to review some changes to BOPA's grant programs. Click on the image at left to watch the recording and learn more about applying for Free Fall Baltimore, the Creative Baltimore Fund, and Arts in Action Arts Education Grants.
Arts Education Grants Opening Soon
These arts education grants are designed for individual teaching artists and community arts organizations to support arts education projects or classes that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings. Grants ranging from $10005,000 are available to teaching artists and nonprofit organizations.

Grants will open September 15. Applications will close October 31.
Scholastic Awards Open for Entry
Focusing on Baltimore's Brightest Artists
"I've Always Been Drawn to Womanhood"
In honor of Women's Equality Day on August 26, we're shining a spotlight on Sondheim finalist Tsedaye Makonnen. Tsedaye is a multidisciplinary artist whose studio, curatorial, and research-based practice threads together her identity as a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, birth worker, and mother.

Tsedaye identifies performance as her main medium, but the performances and videos she creates employ many modes of artistic expression. Her work primarily focus on migration and intersectional feminism; using light, shadow, reflection, embodiment, movement, and collaboration as materials. You can see more of Tsedaye's work at the button below, and be sure to watch the video above to learn about her process in her own words.
Left: photograph of Tsedaye's work from the Sondheim finalists' exhibition at the Walters Art Museum; center: a screenshot from one of Tsedaye's performance videos; right: image of Tsedaye's publication "Black Women as/and the Living Archive" from her website.
Monument Lighting 50th Anniversary
Photo credit: Barbara Hauck
In partnership with The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), BOPA is pleased to announce a Call to Artists for original digital artwork designs in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Washington Monument lighting. This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the State of Maryland. Applications must be received online through BOPA’s Submittable application page. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 17.
Baltimore Ravens Mural Project
BOPA and the Baltimore Ravens are collaborating in the search for Baltimore-based emerging & professional visual artists to produce creative, uplifting, and community-centered mural designs that will be implemented in the City of Baltimore and replicated digitally for the inside of M&T Bank Stadium. Selected artists will receive a commission of $21,250 to complete the project. applications must be received online through BOPA’s Submittable application page. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 20.
Arena Players, the oldest continuously operating African-American community theater in the United States, is looking for a graphic designer to join their team. Click the link below to email your CV and portfolio for consideration.

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS for short) is looking to fill several salaried positions within their organization, including a Management Associate and a Development Associate. They also have a few "perks only" positions for folks looking for a more flexible way to get involved. Visit the link below to see all open positions.

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland, the country’s foremost arts-in-education non-profit organization, is seeking an After School Arts and Learning Academies (ASALA) Coordinator. For consideration, apply on their website at the link below.

Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) seeks an experienced individual to join their team as a Marketing Communications Manager. Applicants are asked to email a resume and cover letter by September 15 to jobs@chesapeakearts.org. For more information, click the link below.

Actors, Singers, Dancers, & Musicians Wanted
ArtsCentric is accepting video submissions for their hotly anticipated 2021-22 Season now through Monday, September 6. Performers of all stripes are encouraged to audition, and all performers (union & non-union) will be compensated. Callbacks will be held on September 11–12, 2021 from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. For details on how and what to submit, click below.
Vendors Wanted for Annual Makers Mart
This year, Charm City Craft Mafia's annual HOLIDAY HEAP will be held on December 4 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and the vendor application is now open! Correctly completed applications are due September 12 by 11:59 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their status the week of September 20.  
Language Revitalization Through Art
The Endangered Languages Project (ELP) is looking to commission several artists, especially those from Indigenous or endangered-language communities, to create pieces on the theme of language revitalization. Selected pieces will feature prominently on the new ELP website, which serves as a resource to support language revitalization globally. Eager artists are asked to send their portfolio, a statement of interest, and information about their commission process & rates to anna@endangeredlanguages.com. The deadline is September 15.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Applications for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship are currently open to all citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. Only individual artists may apply, these awards are not intended for organizations, institutions, or groups. For more information and a link to the application, click the button below. The application deadline is Friday, September 17.
Contemporary Art Magazine Invites Submissions
XSIGHT contemporary art magazine invites artists to submit their original art for a chance to be published in the magazine's summer edition in 2021. Artists are asked to submit up to five artworks along with a studio selfie and a blurb about the story behind each piece. Selected artworks will be published in the Summer 2021 issue of XSIGHT contemporary art magazine, which will be available online for free and in print via print-on-demand services. The deadline to apply is October 3, 2021.
From the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
In honor of the positive, lasting impact Rayna A. Barkley had on the lives of Baltimore City youth, Ballet After Dark joyfully announces that applications are now open for the Rayna A. Barkley Memorial Micro-Scholarship. This scholarship is offered to young Black and Brown dancers in the greater Baltimore metro area who are pursuing pre-professional dance training. Two young dancers will be awarded one $250 award and one $500 award. Runners up will win a dance photo shoot with @candicemichelleportraits. Grant recipients will be awarded October 4, 2021. For more information, please email info@balletafterdark.com.
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