About Us

  • Making Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city!

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s official arts council, events agency and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Public Art, Free Fall Baltimore, Community Art Grants, Neighborhood Event Grants Program, Bright StARTS Workshops For Children and other grant opportunities for artists.

BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation; Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival; New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor; Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar; School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

As the Baltimore Film Office, BOPA provides service to all productions scouting and filming in Baltimore.  The team works with production crews, secures permits, provides logistical support and coordinates with city agencies to secure properties, equipment and personnel.

BOPA oversees historic attractions and sites including the Top of the World Observation Level, School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters, and the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. 

In addition, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate or assist with large-scale city events over the past 30+ years.  The activities include Star-Spangled Spectacular in 2014, NFL Kick-Off in 2013, Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012 and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parades.

Our Mission

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a nonprofit cultural organization that inspires and engages audiences and cultivates the city's creative economy through the arts, events and film industry.


Our Commitment

  • To address the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support.
  • To produce festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City.
  • To develop and administer funds, grant programs and community workshops.

More Information

For information on any of the events or services provided by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, please call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD  21202

Economic Impact

Board of Directors

Board of Directors for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Anana Kambon, President
Kambon Educational Professional Services

Michael Shecter, Vice-President
Guppy Management Services

Jeffrey P. Pillas, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

E. Scott Johnson, Secretary
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Chief Executive Officer
Donna Drew Sawyer
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Board of Directors
Kimberly A. Clark
Executive Vice President
Baltimore Development Corporation

Thomas Crawford
Mid Atlantic Market President
BBVA Compass

Michael Davenport
Manager, Community Affairs

E. Scott Johnson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Jack Lewin
Administrative Vice President
M&T Bank

Brian Lyles
Communications Director
SeKON Enterprise, Inc.

Franklin N. McNeil, Jr.
Community Development
PNC Bank

Paula Rome

Laurie Rush
Marketing Professional

Equity Statement

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. strives to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity.  Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources. 

Board of Directors Meetings