Calls 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.

  • Amber Eve Anderson at School 33 Art Center

  • Darley Park Gateway Mural: Part II by Whitney Frazier

  • In The Garden by Sam Christian Holmes at Robert Baker Park in Federal Hill

Free Fall Baltimore

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019

  • To apply for a Free Fall Baltimore grant, click here
  • For organizations with operating budgets over $300,000 who wish to participate in Free Fall, click here

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is proud to present Free Fall Baltimore 2019, a citywide celebration that offers hundreds of free arts & cultural events at participating venues throughout Baltimore City.  Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, area attractions and organizations showcase the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, tours and special events. New this year! Free Fall Baltimore will run Tuesday, October 1 through Sunday, November 10, 2019, connecting it to the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City

Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Click here to apply. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce the fourth edition of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB). This prize will award $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living in Baltimore City. The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to an artist’s studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford.

Open Studio Tour

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Click here to apply for Open Studio Tour. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is proud to announce School 33 Art Center’s 31st annual Open Studio Tour! An annual citywide event, Open Studio Tour has brought together professional artists and the general public, giving collectors and art lovers the opportunity to visit the studios of visual artists. Traveling from throughout Maryland and the surrounding region to visit the studios of artists in Baltimore, visitors get a chance to meet the artist, see their work and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes. 
New this year! Open Studio Tour will take place over two consecutive weekends:

Saturday, October 12-Sunday, October 13
Saturday, October 26-Sunday, October 27

Sound Off Live!

Application opens Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9am.
Click here to apply for Sound Off Live! 

Application deadline:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 9am

Sound Off Live! (SOL!), presented by Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, is Baltimore's premier "Battle of the Bands" event for emerging artists located in Maryland and the surrounding region. Taking place right in the heart of Light City & Baltimore Book Festival on November 6 & 7, 2019 - SOL! showcases two packed evenings of live music from 18 of the region's most exciting up-and-coming bands/musicians.

Competing bands will each have fifteen minutes to perform up to three songs in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The winning bands that are selected have the opportunity to perform at up to two festivals produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: Artscape, Light City and/or Baltimore Book Festival. The highest scoring band receives a $100 Hard Rock Cafe gift card and a guaranteed Main Stage performance slot at Artscape 2020.

Teaching Artists

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeking talented Teaching Artists to join the Bright StARTS program arts education team. Ideal candidates are practicing artists in the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, visual and culinary arts who are committed to working with educators and young people. The Bright StARTS program brings high-quality arts enrichment to the youth of Baltimore City by working through established after-school, summer and at-risk youth centers. The program is currently accepting applications for dancers, creative writers/poets, musicians, theatrical, visual and culinary artists with teaching experience or substantial training in teaching artistry. Applicants must demonstrate expertise working as professional artists, a strong commitment to working with educators and young people, strong communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, an ability to facilitate group decision making, an ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and strong attention to detail.

Click here for the job description.