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NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Enter the 2022 YoungArts Award Competition
Kai Tomizawa, 2020 YoungArts Film Winner. Photo by Jason Koerner; courtesy of YoungArts.org
The YoungArts award competition is open to artists between the ages of 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 as of December 1, 2021, who demonstrate excellence in Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, or Writing. All YoungArts award winners will receive financial awards of up to $10,000, opportunities to work with leading artists, and will become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support throughout their careers. Get the details and apply at the button below. The deadline is Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MSAC
GFO New Funding Formula Q&A Session
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has adopted a new formula for its Grants for Organizations (GFO) program. This change, which will be implemented beginning in FY2024 and phased in over five years, seeks to provide greater funding to small and midsize organizations with fewer resources, staff, and connections to other funding sources. On Thursday, October 14 from 12:00–1:00 p.m., MSAC is hosting a virtual Q&A session to discuss the changes. You can register for this free webinar at the button below.
'TIS THE SEASON FOR MAKERS
Local Holiday Market Seeking Vendors
The Station North Arts District, now a program of Central Baltimore Partnership, is hosting an outdoor holiday market on several Saturdays in November and December. They are currently looking for artists, crafts people, and food & drink entrepreneurs based in Baltimore City to apply as vendors. This is a curated market and all items must be original work. Selected vendors will receive a stipend to support their time and effort. Get more information and the application at the button below. The deadline is Sunday, October 17.
MADE IN BALTIMORE
Another Vending Opportunity for Crafters
Made In Baltimore is hosting its annual holiday market with an in-person pop-up and an online store. Vendors have the option to participate in either or both shopping options. See the full vendor agreement at the link below. The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, October 17.
OUR MARYLAND EXHIBIT
Curated by the Chesapeake Arts Center
The Chesapeake Arts Center is putting together an exhibition of Maryland-themed artwork to display in the Hal Gomer Gallery from November 4–December 16, 2021. Artists in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area are eligible to submit work made within the last five years. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, October 19. See full details below.
COMMUNITY MAKING CHALLENGE
With the Baltimore Jewelry Center
For this community challenge, Baltimore Jewelry Center is asking artists to make a piece of jewelry or a sculptural object that is inspired or influenced by a historical piece of jewelry. Artists participating in the challenge will draw inspiration from a pre-selected collection of historical jewelry objects. The objects have been chosen by a group of curators from the Walters Art Museum, home to an expansive collection of historical jewelry. For more information, including a link to watch the info session recording, click the link below. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 29, 2021.
MURALISTS WANTED IN STATION NORTH
Submit Your Qualifications Today
The Station North Arts District under the direction of Central Baltimore Partnership, and MICA's Center for Social Design Made You Look team, along with a Community Advisory Board, are supporting the implementation of a new mural on the north wall of the I-83 Underpass along North Avenue. The mural will be in conversation with an existing, restored mural on the opposite wall painted in 2010, with UV lighting enhancements, and technical support from Formstone Castle Collective. Get full details, timeline, and application requirements at the link below. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021.
GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR MUSICIANS
From the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
Lotte Lenya & Kurt Weill at home in New City, NY, c.1945. Courtesy of the Kurt Weill Foundation
The Kurt Weill Foundation's Grant and Collaborative Initiatives Programs award financial support to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for projects related to Kurt Weill, his wife Lotte Lenya, or Marc Blitzstein. The Foundation's Grant Program accepts proposals in the following categories: Professional Performance, College/University and Amateur Performance, Media, Scholarly Symposia and Conferences, Publication Assistance, Research & Travel, and the Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship. For more information on each of these programs, click the button below. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2021.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Public Art at the Brightview Innovation Center
Brightview Innovation Center in Herndon, Virginia has identified three areas of opportunity for artistic enhancement — mural/mosaic, sculpture, and a decorative screen wall — with a $150,000 total budget. The commissioned artworks should celebrate the intergenerational nature of Brightview Innovation Center, reflecting vibrancy and positive life experiences. For details on the project and qualifications for applicants, click below. The deadline for entry is Friday, November 12.
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Scholastic Awards Open for Entry
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 712. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. For details and how to apply, click the button below. The deadline to submit is December 10.
ART IN ACTION ARTS EDUCATION GRANTS
Applications Open Monday!
BOPA's Arts In Action 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 $1000–5,000 are available to teaching artists and nonprofit organizations.

Applications will open Monday, October 18. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Focusing on Baltimore's Brightest Artists
Baltimore's Brightest Artists Invite You Into Their Studios
An annual city-wide event, Baltimore Open Studio Tour brings together professional artists and the general public, giving art lovers, students, art collectors, and creative influencers the opportunity to visit, meet, engage, purchase, and get a glimpse into the studios of some of Baltimore City’s most vibrant artists. From fabric to wood, metal to ceramic and more, these artists employ countless mediums and methods to create some truly awesome works. In honor and celebration of Free Fall Baltimore and National Arts & Humanities Month, we would like to shine a spotlight on the participating artists in this year's 33rd annual Baltimore Open Studio Tour on October 23–24, 2021:
  • Abisola Oladeinde
  • Adiante Franszoon
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Alisa Brock
  • Alison Spiesman
  • Amy Helminiak
  • Andrew Geddes
  • Anna Fine Foer
  • Baltimore Jewelry Center
  • Beth-Ann Wilson
  • Bria Sterling-Wilson
  • Bromo Arts Tower
  • Camille Kashaka
  • Christine Sajecki
  • Claudia Cameron
  • Elaine Fisher
  • Elizabeth Cadwalader
  • Emma Childs
  • Ernest Shaw Jr.
  • Felicia Zannino-Baker
  • Gary Mullen
  • Jennifer Berk
  • Jill Orlov
  • John Herndon
  • Jordan Tierney
  • Josh Brooks
  • Julia Niederman
  • Juliet Ames
  • Karen Klinedinst
  • Lania D'Agostino
  • Lee Nowell Wilson
  • Linda Franklin
  • Lyndie Vantine
  • Lynn Cazabon
  • Mark Donoghue
  • Michael Kirby
  • Michel Modell
  • Michelle Talibah
  • Nancelia Frazier
  • Nico Imbraguglio
  • Pamela Crockett
  • Pamela Kostmayer
  • Paul Napoleon
  • Peter Butler
  • Quentin Moseley
  • Ram Brisueno
  • Renee Tantillo
  • Sandra Sedmak Engel
  • Sanzi Kermes
  • Sara Dittrich
  • Sarah Clough
  • School 33
  • Scott Brooks
  • Scott Tucker
  • Scout Roll
  • Stephanie Barber
  • Stephanie Garmey
  • superhamb
  • Susan Washington
  • Sydney Hopkins
  • Taha Heyardi
  • Terry Thompson
  • The Mill Centre
  • Waldorf School of Baltimore
  • Will Watson
ADVICE FROM BMORE ART
Open Studio Tour Etiquette for Artists & Visitors
This short piece from Bmore Art founding editor Cara Ober lists some 'dos' and 'don'ts' for folks who are interested in checking out some of the open studios next weekend, plus some helpful tips for hosting artists.
JOB POSTINGS
WORK AT THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM
The Walters Museum is looking to fill several open positions from Accessibility Advocate to Retail Operations Associate to Gallery Officer and more. See all job postings with full details below.

DIRECTOR OF EVENTS & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
BOPA seeks a passionate candidate to serve as Director of Events & Public Engagement. This person will oversee the operational logistics for BOPA's large-scale events like Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival. Get more information at the link below.

TOWSON ARTS COLLECTIVE COORDINATOR POSITION
Towson Arts Collective (TAC) is looking for a part-time coordinator to facilitate the growth of TAC’s programs as well as membership, patronage, partnerships, and sponsors. Learn more about the role and how to apply at the link below.

BALTIMORE CORPS FELLOWSHIP ROLE
Baltimore Corps is seeking an Artist Navigator Fellow to lead a budding initiative that will support Baltimore City’s creatives. This is a one year salaried position. For more information and to apply, click below.

CREATIVE FORCES GRANT
For Arts-Based Community Engagement Projects
The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making. Approximately 35 matching grants ranging from $10,00050,000 will be awarded for arts-based community engagement projects that engage targeted military-connected communities. For complete details, click below. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 15.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Show Your Work at Busboys & Poets
Photo courtesy of Afro.com
Busboys and Poets supports the creative economy and celebrates art in its spaces by offering a unique platform for visual artists to display and sell their work. The restaurant typically rotates its artwork twice a year. Artists can submit artwork or exhibition ideas by filling out the Art Display Request Form found at the link below. Submissions and selections are ongoing.
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