We Are Illuminating Baltimore’s Brilliance

For more than 30 years, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has worked to amplify our city’s vibrancy and creativity. We’ve had the opportunity to work with the passionate people and to experience the dynamic culture and diversity that make our city great. We have a lot to say about the City of Baltimore, here is what we know:

We Are Creative: More than 15,000 people are employed by nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Baltimore, which generate more than $606 million in economic activity for the city annually. BOPA provides more than

$1 million in grants to artists working in Baltimore, and recently announced the 2019 winner of the Sondheim Artscape Prize that awards a local visual artist a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering their career.

We Are Innovative: Baltimore creatives make bold statements in every cultural category —from Sondheim 2019 winner Akea Brionne Brown’s timely investigation of the historical forms of oppression, discrimination and segregation in American History to native sons Ta-Nehisi Coates’ literary eloquence and this year’s Tony award winner, Andre De Shields. How appropriate that Baltimore was the first American city to debut gas lighting in 1816, first illuminating the Peale Museum. Today, with the newly combined Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, we honor Baltimore’s history of innovation and light by illuminating the city with literature, ideas, world-class light art installations and live performances that attract more than 400,000 visitors to our city. This fall, you can see Baltimore’s Brilliance on display November 1-10 as we unite these two marquee events.

We Are Resilient: Like any city, Baltimore has challenges. We also have significant resources—a deep network of luminaries who develop creative solutions to these challenges every day. Our city’s thriving arts and cultural sector underscores Baltimore as an exciting place to live, work, play and create.

With all eyes on Baltimore, we encourage you to get involved in our creative community and participate in the city’s numerous events and cultural convenings taking place year-round.