A Message from The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

The mission of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is to enliven Baltimore through the arts. To achieve that mission, we typically gather people in celebration of the arts. In this unprecedented time in the world, our nation, the state of Maryland and our beloved City, the most important way we can support our community is to ensure their health, safety, and welfare by postponing upcoming events and activities until authorities deem it safe for us to gather once again.

We are working on alternate ways to deliver the immersive cultural experience BOPA is famous for. Until we can gather again, our goal is to continue to communicate and connect you with creativity in all of its magnificent forms—visual, literary, performance and culinary—via e-blasts, social media and the BOPA website (promotionandarts.org), sharing virtual experiences, resources, and content from other cultural partners and contributors. Please check back with BOPA often and let us know how you’re doing and how we’re doing.

I also want to take this opportunity to say a special THANK YOU to our corporate, philanthropic, government and individual supporters— our creative and cultural partners and—the public. Your investment, passion, and confidence in BOPA enable us to fulfill our mission and our commitment to the creative community and the citizens of Baltimore and beyond.

This is truly an unprecedented time for everyone. The pressure of not knowing and not being able to do much to impact the situation is intense and disconcerting. However, remaining optimistic is certainly a better option. The BOPA team will tell you that one of my favorite expressions is “pressure makes diamonds.” I see that brilliance in my team, and I hope that sparkle spreads throughout Baltimore City and beyond.

Donna Drew Sawyer CEO Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts