Here's the latest info from Baltimore’s nonprofit arts council, events center and film office.
Social Distancing
The term social distancing is a new and necessary part of our COVID-19 vocabulary. The concept keeps us safe but also keeps us apart. It has forced us to find new ways to engage with each other—to find ways to remain social but from a distance. The arts were made for this. Consider that while in a museum hopefully the art touches your heart, your soul, and your mind—you look but never physically touch. Music and performance art resonate physically though you only watch and listen. You may never share space with a poet or a writer, but you may share a deep and lasting connection with their words.

With the closure of places like art galleries, theaters, and even street theater in a time of social distancing—we still have opportunities to continue to share and be touched through cultural initiatives like BOPA's #IAmBaltimoreArt featuring the work of Baltimore-based artists. As they share their work and words about their art, the initiative becomes a series of profound touches and a way to circumvent the confines of social distancing without risking our health. Learn more about #IAmBaltimoreArt and other cultural and community touches in this week’s BOPA newsletter.

Be well and stay safe and engaged—even from a distance.  
Donna Drew Sawyer
CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
#I Am Baltimore Art
Highlighted Artists
Brandon Kanion
Singer ( @brandonkanion )


"Being a Child of God, and being Gifted to be a Creator/Artist, it is important to do just that CREATE. It is my responsibility to bring forth Life and Beauty as a direct response to the Destruction and Decay of a Damaged World. Art is a tongue, and because I belong to The ALL POWERFUL, and He lives in me, I believe that Life and Death lyes in the Power of what I put forth through creation."
Nina Hues
Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Writer
( @ninahues )
"My art is necessary for me to exist in a world where my life isn't always valued. As a black woman in America, my voice is often unheard and not respected, so my creativity allows people to hear my story with flavor. Staying creative gives me an opportunity to stay mentally, spiritually, and emotionally healthy because I am making a way for my own existence in life. Art is more than just pretty words and colorful images, it is my sanctuary."
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 at 1pm, leading up to "I'm Creative & I Count" Social Media Week starting June 1, with three performances that week. Watch live on our Instagram.

Upcoming Artists
May 20 - Scott Paynter, musician
May 27 - Erin Savage, visual artist
June 10 - Angel Mooring, musician
Bria Price ( @briacprice ) is a gifted writer, poet, author, and creator from Baltimore. Her passion for poetry, storytelling, teaching, and artistry are inspired with love, individuality, expression, style, and grace. Her mission is to build a space where others can express themselves creatively.

Bria's Instagram Live session was a Build-a-Book workshop. Tune into our Instagram Live each Wednesday to hear and learn from Baltimore's creative community.
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 .
Community Arts Grant
Applications Now Open
Applications for the 2020 Community Arts Grant are 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
COVID-19 & The Arts
Grit Fund Emergency Recovery Grants
With the partnership and support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grit Fund is offering   Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG)  ranging from $500-$1,000 to Baltimore based artists who applied to the 2020 Grit Fund, Grit Fund Alumni, and artists whose income and opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Applications close on Friday, May 15.
Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA)

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA)  is a network that advocates for supports and empowers Teaching Artists in the Mid-Atlantic region.

TAMA is using its networks to support Teaching Artists as they experience the impact of COVID-19. Click here for a list of their resources and events.

Downtown Download
Tuesday, May 19, 9AM

Join Downtown Partnership for updates from Delegate Brooke Lierman who represents the 46th District and State Senator Antonio Hayes who represents the 40th District.

Together they bring an incredible amount of insight on how Baltimore City and the State of Maryland are preparing for recovery.
Virtual Events & Content
The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen
The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall is proud to feature an extraordinary talent and photographer, Devin Allen, in its first virtual gallery exhibition, The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen .
Women and Nature: A Virtual Exhibition
The  Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)  announces the “Women and Nature” exhibition, their first online exhibition. Over the next few weeks, MSAC will be highlighting 25 featured visual artists from all across Maryland on  Instagram Facebook  and  Twitter .
From left: Special invited artist, First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan; Anna Fine Foer (Baltimore City)  @afineartiste ,⁣ 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘢 𝘊𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘢. Collage, hand-coloring. 24”h x 35”w, 1998 ⁣
Virtual Experiences in Visual & Performing Arts
The Maryland Office of Tourism has compiled a  resource list  of virtual experiences in Visual & Performing Arts.

Maryland’s many cultural institutions, organizations and groups are well-known for their creative vision. Now, these visionaries have moved on-line to bring visual and performing arts into your home. Below you will find examples of programs you and your family may find exciting, comforting, thought-provoking, fun or downright quirky. Most are free; some require registration.
Intersections of Art & Wellness
M:BRACE is a FREE professional development series for Maryland’s creative education force: Arts Educators, Arts Integration Teachers, and Teaching Artists.

Expert facilitators will examine the intersections of art and wellness by exploring creative practices to keep us open, curious and reflective during COVID-19. 

Thursday, May 14
Inhale Peace, Exhale Love
10 - 11 AM

Explore mindfulness: deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. Register Here . 
Virtual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival
May 16 - June 10
The  32nd Annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival  is now VIRTUAL! Join online from May 16 – June 10 for this diverse selection of dynamic, inspiring and meaningful films from around the world, examining Jewish history, heritage, and culture. 

Film lineup, tickets and more:

Baltimore on the Screen
Charm City Kings on HBO Max
Charm City Kings ; Courtesy of HBO Max
Charm City Kings, a new film which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was shot entirely on location in Baltimore City. The film has now been picked up for release by HBO Max for later this year.

Charm City Kings , directed by Angel Manuel Soto, is a coming of age story about a 14-year old named Mouse (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) who is torn between joining the Midnight Clique dirt bike riders or following his dream of becoming a veterinarian.  The film was shot on location in Baltimore in 2018. Barry Jenkins, Oscar-winning writer and director of Moonlight, served as one of the writers for  Charm City Kings .
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.
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!