Opportunities, funding, and resources
for the Baltimore artist community
Applications Closing Soon
Creative Baltimore Fund grant applications are open! Applications close August 29, 2021.
Through this annual grant opportunity, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists and arts & cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs. Watch the video info session above or click the buttons below for details on each.
General Operating Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant. (Please note: Groups with organizational budgets more than $500,000 can apply. This information is correct in the application.)
Mayor’s Individual Artist Award Project/Practice Support (PS) provides support for an artist's individual practice or program that promotes public access and encourages arts and/or cultural programming in the Baltimore community.
Be a Part of BOPA's Citywide Arts Celebration
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 $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.
Artist Applications Are Open!
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.
Charcoal and pastel on paper drawing by James Alpha Massaquoi, Jr. for the 2020 OST Weekend
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 below 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.
Focusing on Baltimore's Brightest Artists
Photo courtesy of Mark Scharf
Words, Words, Words...
In honor of World Senior Citizen's Day on August 21 — and his birthday next month — we're shining a spotlight on local playwright Mark Scharf! Mark is an award-winning American playwright living in Baltimore whose plays have been produced and published widely in the United States and internationally.

Mark is passionate about mentoring the next generation of writers. He has presented playwriting seminars for many prestigious colleges and universities, as well as the Maryland Writer's Alliance and the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, where he also served three terms as Chair.
Locally, you may have seen Mark's work performed at Baltimore Theatre Project, EMP Collective, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Vagabond Players, and more. Coming up, Spotlighters Theatre in the Mount Vernon neighborhood opens their 59th Season in mid-October with eight of his short plays, collectively titled "Scharf's Schorts." For more about Mark's work and where you can see it performed, click on the button below.
Founded in 2004, Muse 360 Arts provides youth ages 321 and their families access to affordable, high-quality arts-focused programming and experiences through each of their three programs: Rayn Fall Dance Studio, New Generation Scholars, and Spark of Genius. They are currently seeking a part-time Program Coordinator to support their programming efforts. Click the link below to learn more and apply.

Rayn Fall Dance Studio, one of the three core programs offered by Muse 360 Arts, is looking for one or multiple dance teachers for several classes that combine ballet and tap aimed at children ages 2–7. For more information about the classes and desired qualifications, click below.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is searching for a new Executive Director with the drive to expertly guide the organization and propel it toward future success. The deadline to apply is September 10. For more information and instructions, click the link below.

In the August 5 BOPA Artist Connection Newsletter, we highlighted one of the job openings at Baltimore Center Stage. But there are currently several open full- and part-time positions waiting to be filled. See all available jobs and details on how to apply at the link below.

Everyman Theatre has an immediate need for a part-time Box Office Associate to provide an excellent customer experience for patrons of this Baltimore cultural institution. Click the link below for the full job posting.

Apply for Quarterly Exhibitions at Hotel Indigo
Maryland Art Place (MAP) has teamed up with Hotel Indigo in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District to offer rotating exhibitions in the hotel library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. Individual artists and groups can apply, however MAP only accepts two-dimensional works (photography, painting, mixed media, etc.) smaller than 60x60 inches. For details and application, click below.
From the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
Guidelines and applications are now available to apply for a grants from USArtists International (USAI). The first deadline to submit applications is at 11:59 PM ET on September 9, 2021 for projects taking place between December 15, 2021 and December 14, 2022.

USAI supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. USAI funds the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

This year, the program has undergone some changes, including an increased maximum request amount (now $18,000). Both travel and virtual international engagements remain eligible. Those who wish to apply should read through the guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility.
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