BOPA Youth Arts Council

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is inviting teen creatives to join the BOPA Youth Arts Council in order for Baltimore's youth perspective to be heard in arts programming and policy. We are seeking creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts, writing, event planning and education policy.

BOPA will select a group of dedicated, art-loving teens from across Baltimore City to serve on our new Youth Arts Council. The council will be designed by and for teens to inspire and empower other local youth through arts programming and advocacy.

Applications are now OPEN for the BOPA Youth Arts Council.

The Youth Arts Council will meet after school at BOPA in downtown Baltimore to discuss ideas in a fun and creative environment while collaborating with each other and arts professionals. The council will produce programs and events for Light City and Artscape such as workshops, performances, special events and other activities that tie into existing programs. 

The Youth Arts Council will also learn about education policy in order to advocate for equal access to the arts for all Baltimore City youth.

Benefits of being on the BOPA Youth Council:

• Honoraria/Stipend (teens get paid!)
• Build leadership skills
• Experience alternative methods of making and seeing
• Organize exhibitions and events
• Build policy knowledge
• Engage with artists and arts professionals
• and more!


Applications are now OPEN for the BOPA Youth Arts Council. 

Basic Timeline:

Beginning of September - Call for nominations & applications are distributed and posted online
October 1 - Submissions are due to BOPA
Mid-October - Youth Arts Council candidates are interviewed
November 1 - Youth Arts Council's first meeting
November - July -  Youth council meetings & special events/workshops are produced
July 25 - Soiree (annual event) for teen participants, and their families, to honor youth council members

Teen Candidate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do you have to be an artist to join the youth council?
No, but an artist can be many things-an artist can write, perform, draw, cook, enjoy working with others towards a common goal, etc. These are all activities that BOPA considers art forms.

How will this help me with my professional career?
The Youth Arts Council is a great addition to your resume for college or future jobs. It says that you have worked at a major arts organization, have skills in public event planning, understand educational policy, and know how to collaborate with peers to achieve a goal. Working with other teens to problem solve and advocate for arts access helps to build critical thinking skills.

How often does the council meet?
The council typically meets bi-weekly (every other week) at BOPA for (2) hours after school during the week. On weeks when BOPA hosts Youth Arts Council produced activities, the council may meet more frequently.

How long can a teen be a member of the youth council?
Teens who choose to can remain members of the Council for the duration of their high school career until graduation (through 12th grade) and as near peer council members after high school.


Sarah Doccolo | Arts Education Coordinator 
Phone: 443-263-4301|