Here's the latest info from Baltimore’s nonprofit arts council, events center and film office.
A Conversation with Sam Christian Holmes
Sam Christian Holmes, In the Garden , Robert Baker Park, 2018. 
Atop a four-feet-high brick wall in Federal Hill's Robert Baker Park sits In the Garden by Sam Christian Holmes. The artist and educator at Morgan State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) created the sculpture this past year for the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. The association received a 2017 Transformative Art Prize from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

Q. How did you approach this public art project?

A. I thought it was important to develop a symbiosis of strengths of both the community and myself. After meeting on several occasions, the obvious thing drawing us together was the park's role as a garden. I was taken by their ownership of the park as a creative space. The garden park is a year-round activated environment and a rallying space.

The community wanted the garden to serve as a place for contemplation. Contemplation as a component of my sculptures has been a consistent theme. The woman and male figure in a garden is an obvious connection to make. However, I wanted it to be a universal theme and not directly tied to any allegorical referencing. The visual language of my work draws from the cosmographical marks of the African diaspora. I liken the female figure to a mermaid queen and the male to an astral traveling king, set in a futuristic star map.
Artist & Business Opportunities
LaToya Peoples, Helping Hands , Park Heights neighborhood, 2018.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts supports the city's arts community through advocacy and arts and cultural activities, as well as develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. BOPA's current creative opportunities are open to artists, arts professionals, arts and cultural organizations, and community groups. The deadline is fast approaching for art and grant programs applications.

Community and Business Grants

Visual Arts

Performing Arts
Attraction & Artist Studio Rentals
Kimberly Shorter, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 2018. Photo by Megapixels Media.
Space is available at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. The 108-year-old building is thriving as a space for artists, designers, writers and other creatives. The narrow footprint provides a unique backdrop for proposals, weddings and engagements, photography sessions, meetings, receptions, as well as performances. Don’t miss limited-time rental specials! Visit the historic landmark located at Eutaw and Lombard streets today.
BOPA's Spring & Summer Events
Baltimore Farmers' Market
& Bazaar

Sundays, April 7-December 22 7am-noon
underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets

The 42nd annual Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar offers a variety of food and crafts throughout the season. Don't miss giveaways, discounts, crafts for children, cooking demonstrations, special guest organizations as well as informative programs.

The Cloisters Open Houses

Wednesday, April 24, 5-8pm
Wednesday, May 22, 5-8pm
Wednesday, June 19, 5-8pm
The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road

The Cloisters creates the perfect setting for a wedding and reception, birthday party, corporate meeting, as well as an office retreat or holiday party. Visit open houses for a tour and to meet vendors.
(Image credit: Kyle and Sarah's ceremony at The Cloisters, 2018. Photo by Wendy Hickok.)

Relive the Moment

Saturdays, April 27-August 31
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw Street

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower resident artist Marianna Mills' imagination is on full display in Relive the Moment , where a digital canvas lets viewers experience what the artist saw as she began to create her artwork. The Hungarian-born, Baltimore-based, self-taught artist exercises her artistic freedom through the use of various media.

Lateral Distance

Saturdays, through April 20
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw Street

Amy Wetsch’s works of art were developed from her experience with Dr. Sarah Hörst, a Johns Hopkins University planetary scientist.The artist and MICA graduate student’s mixed-media sculptures, drawings and large-scale installations capture her imagined essence of Titan and the grandeur of the solar system.

All Things Emerson

Saturday, April 27
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw Street

The Bromo History Museum expands to include All Things Emerson , a permanent display of historical artifacts and objects from Captain Isaac Edward Emerson, inventor of the headache remedy Bromo-Seltzer and builder of the tower.

School 33 Art Center
Spring Exhibitions

Through Saturday, April 27
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street

THE MOTHER OF INVENTION , Modern Language and soft obstacle feature experimental video shorts, emoji-inspired collages and reclaimed material by international, national and Baltimore-based artists.
(Image credit: Marnie Ellen Hertzler & Beth Hoeckel, Green Water .)

Save the Date
Save the date for November 1-10, 2019, when the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City unite literature and light to create a one-of-a-kind international event.

Fireflies . Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang Studio and Fung Collaboratives. Photo credit: John R Talley Photography.
Volunteer with BOPA!
Be a part of the volunteer team at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. BOPA relies on volunteers not only for special events, but also at the main office for event preparation. Current volunteer opportunities include front desk coverage.
A Special Thank You!
BOPA staff members (l-r) Taylor Kleiner, Corey Lacey and Bob Sicard.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts thanks everyone who attended the Guinness Open Gate Brewery's St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The events raised a total of $36,000 for BOPA, the Maryland Food Bank, and Oyster Recovery Partnership. Representatives from the three nonprofit organizations joined Guinness in signing the water tank at Open Gate Brewery, commemorating the philanthropic legacy of founder Arthur Guinness.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the city's arts council, events center and film office. BOPA's programs and services are made possible thanks to the generous charitable support from a variety of public and private donors.