About Us

  • Making Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city!

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, produces events and arts programs as well as manages several facilities. It is the official Baltimore City Arts Council. BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape which is America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

In the past, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate or assist with large-scale city events.  The activities include the Ravens Rally Super Bowl Send-Off and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade in 2001 and 2013; Miss USA in 2005 and 2006; Baltimore's Celebration of the Army-Navy Game in 2000 and 2007; the Star-Spangled Salute to Michael Phelps in 2008, the Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012 and the NFL Kick-Off in 2013. Currently, BOPA is preparing for exciting upcoming events in 2014 including the Star-Spangled Spectacular. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Free Fall Baltimore, PNC Transformative Art Prize, MECU Neighborhood Grant Program and Bright StArts Workshops For Children. 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. 

 

Our Mission

To make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city by:

  • Producing high-quality special events, festivals and arts programming that stimulate communities economically, artistically and culturally.
  • Inspiring and promoting literary, performing and visual arts, and artists.
  • Celebrating Baltimore's rich, diverse heritage while enhancing the quality of life and sense of community for all residents.
  • Forging partnerships that make Baltimore a premiere visitor destination.
  • Managing cultural and historic attractions.
  • Generating positive local, national and international publicity about Baltimore.

Our Commitment

  • To produce festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City.
  • To address the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support.
  • 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
410-752-8632

Economic Impact

Please click on the below link to download the Economic Impact Study of Nonprofits Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the City of Baltimore 2012, Artscape 2009, Baltimore Book Festival 2009 and Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2010.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofits Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the City of Baltimore

Audience Research and Economic Impact Study of Artscape 2009

Audience Research and Economic Impact Study of the Baltimore Book Festival 2009

Audience Research and Economic Impact Study of Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2010

Annual Report

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is the nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that provides arts, cultural, events and programs for the city of Baltimore. BOPA champions the important role of creativity in building a vibrant, exciting and livable city, energizing not just the arts scene but Baltimore as a whole. 

See an overview of BOPA's annual report

 

Board of Directors

Thomas Crawford, President  
BBVA Compass
Mid Atlantic Market President

Michael Shecter, Vice President
Guppy Management Services.
                 
Anana Kambon, Secretary

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

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

William B. Gilmore 
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Executive Director

Shelia Y. Goodwin 
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Director of Special Events

Rosalind M. Healy 
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Deputy Director

Sandy Hillman  
Sandy Hillman Communications

Jack Lewin
M&T Bank
Vice President

Franklin N. McNeil, Jr.
PNC Bank
Community Development

Ross Peddicord
Maryland Horse Industry Board
Executive Director

Paula Rome

Laurie Rush
MECU
Vice President of Product Management and Marketing

Leonard Sachs

Randi Vega  
Director of Cultural Affairs
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts