Here's the latest info from Baltimore’s nonprofit arts council, events center and film office.
Baltimore Scenes/Seen
This issue of BOPA’s Newsletter focuses on up and coming filmmakers as we announce the winners of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Many do not realize that the Baltimore Film Office is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and in addition to championing new talent in the industry, the office and its indomitable director, Debbie Dorsey, have a significant influence on showcasing our City’s talent and locations through the lens of great filmmakers and as backgrounds for great performances.

Baltimore lights up movie and television screens with our City’s unique architecture and streetscapes and it is Debbie, and Logistics Coordinator, Fran Carmen, who are the official liaisons between filmmakers and city agencies, businesses, crews and communities to ensure that Baltimore magic is captured on film and shared with the rest of the world. If you have some time during this mandated time at home, look at our city in a different light through the films and television shows created here. On the Baltimore Film Office page on BOPA’s website , there are a myriad of options to see Baltimore City in a starring role. Stay home, pop some popcorn and take a movie tour of our great City.

With the announcement of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners, the Baltimore Film Office continues to cultivate the film industry for the future, because every production begins with a script. Note the names of the winners because hopefully, sometime in the near future, in a darkened theater or streaming from the comfort of your living room—when the credits roll—you may recognize the name of the screenwriter and remember that the production you just watched got its start in Baltimore.

Donna Drew Sawyer
CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Baltimore Screenwriters Competition Congratulations to the Winners
The Baltimore Film Office announces the winners of the 15 th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition .

In the features category, Stephen Schuyler won first place for “Stealing Cars,” Evan Balkan won second place for “King of the Freaks” and Miceal O’Donnell won third place for “Wooden Nickels.”

In the shorts category, Stephen Schuyler also won first place for “Derby Night,” Chung-Wei Huang won second place for “Squeegee Boy” and Schuyler won third place for “Like You Think You Know Me.”

Winners will receive cash prizes and Movie Magic Screenwriter Six software.

The winners were selected by the competition judges, film industry professionals Ken LaZebink , Nina K. Noble , B.A. Parker and Annette Porter
The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office, in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. Funding is provided by The Arts Insurance Program, a division of Maury Donnelly & Parr, Inc . Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival, Enterprise Holdings, Write Brothers, and Visit Baltimore.
Community Arts Grant
Applications Now Open
Applications for the 2020 Community Arts Grant are now available online. The Community Arts Grant awards funding of up to $15,000 to Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to creatively re-imagine and enliven public spaces through new, exterior wall mural art projects. The artist-neighborhood collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space.

The Community Arts Grant is administered by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) with the generous support of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development , Maryland State Arts Council , and Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, City of Baltimore .

The application deadline is Monday, May 25, 2020 and applications are available here
#I Am Baltimore Art
Highlighted Artist

Sydney Allen

"Photography is my form of creativity. I use it as a tool for emotional connection and critical thinking. This work is important for me as a black woman photographer because it allows me to reclaim the narrative of what black imagery is and can be." Mecca, January 2020
Sydney Allen ( @_abaltimoregriot_ )
We are proud to be part of a community of artists and makers who share their passion in response to the recent closures of art galleries, dance studios, restaurants, and other creative spaces.

Join our #IAmBaltimoreArt hashtag and we'll feature one artist per week in the BOPA newsletter and on social media.

Census 2020: I'm Creative & I Count
Artists Live on Instagram
As Baltimore’s Arts Council, we are committed to focusing on the importance of having a complete Census count of our creative community.

Through the promotional campaign "I'm Creative & I Count" BOPA is collaborating with Baltimore-based artists to present a series of live performances on Instagram that showcase our great Baltimore talent and also highlight the impact of the Census on the city's entire creative community.

The live performances happen weekly on Wednesdays. Watch live on our Instagram starting Wednesday, May 6, at 1pm!
Make sure to also look for your Census invitations in the mail at home. Participation is easy and responses can be submitted online, by mailed paper form or by calling the Census Bureau .
COVID-19 & The Arts
Baltimore Arts Blog
Resources, Funding Opportunities & More
BOPA's Baltimore Arts Blog features resources for artists, funding opportunities, calls for entries and more important information for Baltimore's cultural community. It is updated throughout the week, so check back frequently for news and updates as we manage this crisis together.
Virtual Events & Content
Virtual Maryland Arts Summit 2020
The One Conference for All the Arts in Maryland
The Maryland Arts Summit is the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.

The Virtual Convening will now take place on
Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has compiled a list of virtual events and content from across Maryland. Take a look at the full list, and add new events by emailing .

Thank You to the Heroes
First Responders & Essential Workers
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts thanks our first responders and essential workers for their incredible work at the frontlines of this crisis. We are grateful for all that you do each day.
Utilizing social distancing protocols join your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends on Friday, May 1 to thank those on the frontline who are working to keep us all safe and sustained.  Baltimore City Council President and Members, led by Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, ask that we applaud Baltimore's dedicated frontline workers.

For two minutes, please step outside and cheer, ring bells, bang pots, and honk horns. Let’s make some noise and unite Baltimore’s neighborhoods in solidarity, gratitude, and celebration! 
Follow Us @promoandarts
While we actively engage in social distancing at home, make sure to keep virtually in touch with BOPA! Follow us @promoandarts for your dose of #ArtonInstagram, to receive local arts resources, and to learn about how Baltimore's creative community is keeping the arts thriving remotely.
Support the Arts
BOPA is proud to serve as your arts council, event center, and film office. As a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, we are committed to ensuring Baltimore remains a vibrant, thriving arts community. We cannot do it without the support of our community – philanthropic funders, program partners, artists, volunteers, and you!

Please support BOPA to keep the arts thriving in Baltimore. Click the donate button below and follow the instructions. Thank you!