Call for Artists

Throughout the year, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks visual, literary and performing artists to participate in large-scale festivals and special events. Now, artists and cultural organizations can visit one place to learn about current calls for artists, upcoming projects and arts-related events.

Call for Teaching Artists

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeking talented Teaching Artists to join the Bright StARTS program arts education team. 

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BOPA Exhibition Spaces

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts accepts proposals on a rolling basis for exhibitions in our gallery spaces at The Bromo Arts Tower Gallery, The Top of the World Observation Level Gallery at the World Trade Center, and at the BOPA main office at 10 East Baltimore Street.

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Light City Applications


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) seeks proposals from artists who wish to participate in the second annual Light City Baltimore, a festival of light, music and innovation taking place Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017. Visual artists may apply to have an illuminated artwork featured in Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s community artist-in-residence program. Applications are also being accepted for Labs@LightCity, Light City’s daytime innovation conferences, for speakers, presentations and interactive audience experiences. Bands interested in performing at Light City can apply for Sound Off Live!, BOPA’s live audition taking place October 19-20 to secure a performance slot. To apply, visit The deadlines vary and are listed below.  


  • Sound Off Live!

Extended deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hard Rock Café Baltimore, 601 E. Pratt Street

October 19-20, 2016, 5-10pm

Sound Off Live! is live audition where up-and-coming regional bands and musicians compete for a chance to perform at either Artscape, Light City or the Baltimore Book Festival in 2017. New this year, Sound Off Live! takes place during Free Fall Baltimore in October. Bands are selected to perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges and have fifteen minutes to perform three songs. Sound Off Live! is free and open to the public. Applications available at or


  • Neighborhood Lights Artist Request for Qualification

Extended deadline: Monday, September 12, 2016

Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community artist-in-residence program of Light City Baltimore that extends the magic of Light City Baltimore to eight neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City: Hamilton-Lauraville, Waverly, Sandtown-Winchester, Station North, Coldstream Homestead Montebello, Little Italy, Hampden and Greater Mondawmin. Artists are selected to work directly with one of the participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public art project within the neighborhood of their residency during Light City. Projects can include but are not limited to: large scale projections, shop window based projections and installations, illuminated public sculptures or monuments, performances, celebrations and new traditions that integrate light, creative uses for everyday lights such as string lights, and/or full scale neighborhood installations. All projects funded through the neighborhood lights program must be free to the public. Projects will be fully funded up to $15,000.


  • Labs@LightCity Call for Ideas

Application deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

Labs@LightCity, Light City’s daytime innovation conferences bring together national and local thought leaders and engaged, inspired citizens from diverse backgrounds to explore cutting edge concepts for powering social change. By creating a weeklong community at the intersections of innovation, humanity, culture and techonology we shine a light on the brilliant ideas that will shape our collective future. Labs@LightCity seeks speaking engagements, interactive experiences, key notes and panel discussions that are situated within the conference site. 

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize 2016

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce the first edition of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASOB). This prize will award $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living and working within 100 miles of Baltimore City, to create temporary public art projects each year. For 2016, the site is the Clifton Park Valve House, located at 2701 Saint Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213. Each year the MASOB Public Art Prize will be awarded based on proposals for a temporary public art project from artists, with the selected artist producing their proposed project from the awarded funds. The deadline to apply for the 2016 Prize is Friday, September 9, 2016.

For artists interested in applying, an information meeting will be held at the Clifton Park Mansion House (2701 Saint Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213) on Thursday, August 18 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  John Ciekot from CivicWorks will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 to talk about the history of the park and the valve house, to let artists into the valve house and answer any questions. Lou Joseph from BOPA will be there from 5:30 to 7:30 to take notes to share with those coming after 6:30, to answer questions about the application process, and allow artists into the valve house after 6:30. RSVP for the event on Facebook

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” In 2016, MASOB embarks on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City.

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

For more information on the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize, call 410-752-8632.

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