Here's the latest info from Baltimore's nonprofit arts council, events center and film office.
Baltimore Book Festival Returns September 28-30, 2018
The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival takes place Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 11am to 7pm daily along the Inner Harbor Promenade from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater to Rash Field. The literary arts celebration is 100 percent free and open to the public. Award-winning and bestselling authors scheduled to appear include A.J. Jacobs , April Ryan , Bill Whitaker , Jonathan Abrams , Carol Anderson , D. Watkins , Nic Stone , Tim Junkin and Wayétu Moore . In addition to hundreds of author appearances and book signings, the festival features more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, readings, cooking demonstrations and samplings, workshops, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music and local food and craft beverage.
School 33 Art Center's Upcoming Exhibitions
Friday, August 31-Saturday, September 29, 2018
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 6-9pm 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

School 33 Art Center presents three new exhibitions. The Thing is Close in the Main Gallery pairs artists Cindy Cheng and Jackie Milad, who draw from their family history for their sculptural constructions and works on paper. Unintended Consequences , a solo exhibition in the Members Gallery, features the paintings of Bill Schmidt. Revealuxion in the Project Space is a multimedia installation by Kieun Kim, who utilizes mechanisms and forms inspired by butterfly chrysalides and stringed marionette hands.

Image credit: Jackie Milad, Portrait- She Rises Again .

Public Art Dedications
Transformative Art Prize Project Equilibrium
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) recently dedicated two exciting public art projects, along with city partners. Artist Amy Sherald, Transformative Art Prize recipient Station North Arts & Entertainment District, city officials and members of the local arts community celebrated the installation of a large-scale version of Sherald’s oil on canvas painting, Equilibrium , at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre at 5 W. North Avenue. Originally awarded in 2014, the Transformative Art Prize project is supported by BOPA, Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development, Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Charles North Community Association, and PNC Bank.

Image credit: Amy Sherald (middle), with Karen Deans, BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer, Kelli Ryan and BOPA Community Arts Specialist Christopher Brooks, Photo courtesy of Office of the Mayor.
DPW Everyday
Image credit: Youth Workers, DPW Everyday mural, Photo courtesy of Baltimore City Department of Public Works.
Youth participants in YH20, a water mentoring program of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW), and YouthWorks, Baltimore City’s summer jobs program, collaborated with artist Gary Mullen to create DPW Everyday , a nine-panel mural highlighting how DPW serves the city of Baltimore. The mural is located near DPW’s Park Terminal Utility Maintenance Facility at 2331 N. Fulton Avenue. The mural was supported by DPW through the Percent for Public Art program managed by BOPA. Special thanks to the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks and the New Auchentoroly
Terrace Association.
Events & Exhibitions
SoBo Summer Music Series

Through Saturday, September 8, 2018
Times & Locations Vary

The SoBo Summer Music Series features free music concerts and workshops in South Baltimore. The series aims to activate greenspaces and community gathering locations in less frequented neighborhoods, with a particular focus on Cherry Hill, Westport, Lakeland, Sharp Leadenhall and
Carroll Park neighborhoods. The series is supported Youth Resiliency Institute, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Catholic Charities, and the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership.

Invisible Cities

Through Sunday, September 30, 2018
Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center, 27th Floor, 401 E. Pratt Street

Over the past four years, artist Adam Davies has built a series of photographs showing structures in the American landscape that are overlooked or marginalized: deserted sites, hidden passageways and the undersides of bridges. Rather than as documentary photographs, Davies thinks of his works as psychological portraits of places seen through the gaze of the 8 × 10 inch large-format camera.

Image credit: Adam Davies, Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct, Hancock, MD .
Impressions on Canvas 

Through October 27, 2018
Saturdays, 11am-4pm
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw Street
Reception: Saturday, September 8, 5-7pm

Baltimore’s quaint neighborhoods are celebrated in the painted scenes of artist Matt Fenton. The exhibition demonstrates a constant striving for spontaneity and an impressionist’s sense of light achieved by working in plein air. Fenton depicts city neighborhoods along railroads and water including harbors, seashores, lakes and rivers, the countryside and cityscapes. He completes his works from his studio located in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

Image credit: Matt Fenton, Pennsy Express Under Falls Road .
9/11 Memorial of Maryland Exhibit

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 8am-6pm
Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center 27th Floor, 401 E. Pratt Street

The Top of the World Observation Level features permanent exhibits with artifacts from the Twin Towers, Pentagon and Flight 93. The display honors the lives of Maryland victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A Few Minutes with Sam Hanson,
Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar Manager for BOPA
Q. Tell me one of your favorite things about the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar?

A. This one is easy, the food. I love watching the progression of the seasons as it is reflected in the produce available at the market. I get very excited when ramps and asparagus greet us in the early spring, or seeing the first truckload of corn in the summer, or when kabocha squash and its pumpkin cousins finally arrive in the fall. Don’t get me wrong, the people are great, but you can’t eat them so …

Q. In addition to the Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, are there other projects you work on at BOPA?

A. Well prior to becoming the manager of the market, I worked as a special events coordinator. It was a varied role at BOPA, which I really enjoyed. It touched many aspects of food and music and I was fortunate enough to work firsthand with amazing chefs, musicians and authors. I was responsible for fireworks displays, band battles, parade divisions and cooking competitions. It was a cool job and BOPA does cool things.
Call for Artists & Vendors
Forth Worthington INSPIRE Community Garden Project
DEADLINE: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Creative community-based artists can apply for the Forth Worthington INSPIRE Community Garden Project. An artist/artist team will work with Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School and community organizations to create artistic elements for a neighborhood garden being created near the school in East Baltimore. Produced in partnership with the Baltimore Department of Planning’s INSPIRE program.

Arlington INSPIRE Garden –
Gateway Entrance
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Proposals are being accepted for an artistic gateway entrance for the soon-to-open community-managed green space and garden near Arlington Elementary Middle School. Community-based artists are encouraged to submit a simple creative concept that incorporates artwork or creative placemaking into a functional entrance to the garden. Produced in partnership with the Baltimore Department of Planning’s INSPIRE program.

Pimlico Elementary Middle School – Creative Placemaking Project
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Artists can submit proposals for the creation of an outdoor creative placemaking installation to be incorporated in a newly established community-managed green space near Pimlico Elementary Middle School in Park Heights. Produced in partnership with the Baltimore Department of Planning’s INSPIRE program.

Image credit: Nate Larson, 2017 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize recipient, Dollar General, Olney, Illinois .
Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize
DEADLINE: Friday, September 14, 2018
The prize provides new opportunities to Baltimore-based artists as well as art places within the city by awarding $6,000. Proposals must identify an artist’s reason for travel and how it relates to their work, along with support materials. The monetary award is intended to function as funding for travel essential to an artist’s studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford.

Holiday Bazaar & Tea @ The Cloisters
DEADLINE: Monday, October 1, 2018

Applications are open to vendors for the annual Holiday Bazaar & Tea on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 12pm-5pm and Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 11am-4pm. Applications should indicate the number of 6’ tables needed, along with what day(s) a vendor would like to attend. Vendor spots cost $50 per table, per day.

MECU Neighborhood Event Grants 
DEADLINE: Sunday, October 7, 2018
The program awards grants up to $5,000 to Baltimore City nonprofit neighborhood associations and community-based organizations for the purpose of producing free-to-the-public events for the community and residents they currently serve. Special events must focus on at least one of the following areas: education, arts and culture, or community development.

Image credit: Dances in Support of Peace, Hope, and Diversity in Baltimore from 2017 MECU Neighborhood Event recipient Full Circle Dance Company.
Save the Date
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the city's arts council, events center and film office. BOPA is able to do all of its programs thanks to the support from a variety of public and private funders/donors.