Opportunities, funding, and resources
for the Baltimore artist community
Baltimore Open Studio Tour
Expanded to Include Artists of Various Disciplines
BOPA is proud to announce the 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.

For 2021, there will be a curated tour each day where three (3) artists per day are featured and will receive up to 25 guests for a 45-60 minutes studio tour group.
Open Studio Tour registration is now open!
Applications will close August 20, 2021.  
"The Breakfast Club" by metal miniaturist Jill Orlov, a participating artist of the 32nd Open Studio Tour in 2020. Image courtesy of jillorlov.com
Focusing on Baltimore's Brightest Artists
In honor of International Cat Day on August 8, we're shining a spotlight on local multimedia artist Matt Muirhead!
A black cat reclines on the American Ice Company manufacturing building in West Baltimore
A burst of yellow flowers and a black cat perched atop the historic Belvedere Hotel
A portrait commemorating the "Butthole Cut" of CATS at the Senator Theatre
A bright-eyed black cat keeps watch over North Avenue
In honor of International Cat Day on August 8, we're shining a spotlight on local multimedia artist Matt Muirhead!

Matt Muirhead's vivid prints featuring familiar Baltimore buildings and adorable animals are frequently spotted at festivals, retail stores, and gallery spaces around town. Matt also makes custom pet portraits that put your pet front-and-center in your choice of iconic Baltimore scenes.

Check out more of Matt's work at the button below and see how many places you can recognize!
Grant Information Session
Join us on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. for more information on the updates and changes to BOPA's grant programs. This information session will be recorded and shared on our website.
Creative Baltimore Fund
Expanded Opportunities for Individual Artists
Through this annual grant opportunity, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs: 

  • General Operating Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.
  • Mayor’s Individual Artist Award – Project/Practice Support (PS) provides support for artists individual practice or program that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

Watch the video below for more information on each of these programs.
Please note: Organizations with Organizational Budgets more than $500,000 can apply. This information is listed correctly in the application. 

Creative Baltimore Fund grant applications are now open! Applications will close August 29, 2021.
Expanded to Include Individual Artists and Collaboratives
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. Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, local venues, artists, and organizations showcase the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. 

Each year BOPA provides Baltimore City-based organizations and local venues/event spaces with operating budgets under $300,000 grants that range from $2501,000 to produce free cultural events in Baltimore City during the month of October.

Free Fall Baltimore grant applications open on August 9. Click the button below after the application is live to apply. Applications close September 1. 
Baltimore Art Gallery is searching for a detail-oriented, self-motivated individual to join their team as a full-time Gallery Administrative Assistant. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to career@rfagallery.com. See the full job posting on the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) JobsPlus portal at the link below.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) seeks an Art Director to work closely with senior staff and other members of the BSO marketing team to develop advertising and marketing collateral for both Baltimore-Area (Meyerhoff) and DC-Area (Strathmore) patrons. See the full job posting on the GBCA JobsPlus portal at the link below. The deadline to apply is August 20, 2021.

The Creative Alliance, Baltimore's premier multi-arts venue, is looking for an Education Director to lead and implement the organization's education mission. The Creative Alliance provides high-quality spectacular art after school, summer, and weekend programs that teach youth and teens to solve problems, think critically, and to imagine solutions that create positive change in their lives and communities. 

Baltimore Clayworks is accepting applications for the role of Community Arts Manager. This person will create, sustain, and nurture community partnerships in the Greater Baltimore region and create meaningful programming for groups of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to HR@baltimoreclayworks.org. For more information, click the link below.

Baltimore Center Stage invites applications for the position of Artistic Producing Associate. This position is the key communications and logistics hub of the Artistic Producing Department and collaborates in creating the conditions for joy-filled, inclusive storytelling, and civic conversations. Final interviews will take place in August and an offer will be made no later than August 31. See the full posting at the link below.

Calls for Artists:
Deadline Tomorrow!
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership are requesting proposals for a public art mural to be installed on the Old Georgetown Road Parking Garage.

Applicants are asked to submit a detailed site-specific proposal, resume, references, and 7-10 images of previous works. The selected proposal’s artist will be awarded a $27,500 stipend for the installation. The deadline to apply is August 6, 2021.
American Immersion Theatre is hosting an open casting call for in Baltimore this Saturday, August 8. Performers are booked for murder mystery immersive parties, acting as a wide selection of characters in a variety of semi-structured scripts with some improv elements. No experience is necessary. Compensation is $75–150 per show. Click the button below for more information, and to sign up for an audition slot.
HBO is gearing up to film another series by "The Wire" creator David Simon. "We Own This City" chronicles the lawless tactics of Baltimore's Gun Trace Task Force. And Grant Wilfley Casting is looking for local extras for several shoots in the coming months. To apply, email your name, phone, height, weight, clothing sizes, and current photos to dmv@gwcnyc.com or click the button below.
A beloved annual Baltimore tradition, the Great Halloween Lantern Parade features over 2,000 lanterns carried by community members of all ages in an illuminating processional through Patterson Park.

This year, the Creative Alliance is commissioning mobile marching floats and stage sculptures. Click the link below for details on the timeline, selection criteria, and compensation as well as a link to submit

The deadline is August 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted.
Come Be a Part of the Craft Community
The American Craft Council (ACC) is now accepting artist applications for their 2022 marketplaces. The Baltimore marketplace will be at the Baltimore Convention Center from February 11-13, 2022. Visit the ACC website to apply.
Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, Black women-focused Two Strikes Theatre Collective (TSTC) announces the Brown Sugar Bake-Off. This year will focus on the theme BODY, and what it means to take ownership after an undeniable history of policing Black and Brown bodies.

TSTC is searching for Black women and non-binary playwrights to write 10-minute performance pieces following a specific recipe using certain ingredients. A panel of readers will select several plays for virtual production in October 2021. Stipends will be provided to all bake-off participants. The deadline for entries is September 3, 2021.
On Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 12 p.m., TSTC will offer a free writing workshop hosted by educator and Playwriting Development Director Christen Cromwell. This free workshop is designed for those who would like to participate in the Bake-Off, but don't where to begin or need a refresher on how to write a short play. Interested in joining the workshop? Email tstc.baltimore@gmail.com to sign up. 
All SHE Makes is an arts organization founded by female immigrant artist Svitlana Martynjuk in January 2020 that supports women artists worldwide. This year, she launched the All SHE Makes international art & culture magazine, which is now seeking submissions from any artist who is a woman, non-binary, LGBTQI+, any ability, any race and ethnicity, from any country. No education or formal training is required. Click below to see full details and fill out the application.
The Arc encourages artists of all ages with developmental disabilities to enter their work for the 20th Annual Art in the Round showcase. Artists must submit their art along with a completed artist packet by September 10, 2021. 
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