The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is deeply grateful for the generosity we received in 2017, allowing us to accomplish our mission of making Baltimore a more creative and vibrant city-but we still need your help to make it our best year yet.

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Engaging Audiences

Building Communities

Strengthening the Creative Economy

The Arts have the power to do all this and more. As Baltimore’s arts council, events center and film office, we make culture accessible to all Baltimoreans through programming such as Bright StArts, events such as Free Fall Baltimore, which brings together nearly 80 local cultural organizations to offer free programming to over 30,000 participants throughout October, to annual festivals such as Artscape, Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival. BOPA organizes Baltimore’s most exciting events, bringing together hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors for joyful shared experiences.  

It’s not just the big events though- BOPA programs such as the MECU Neighborhood Events Grants make our communities more vibrant and creative places to live. BOPA allows Baltimore residents to enjoy the best parts of city life, like the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar under the Jones Fall Expressway on Sunday mornings, or the iconic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

We make Baltimore a great place for artists to live and work. Whether it’s the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, or the annual Open Studio Tour  or by investing in our Arts &Entertainment Districts. And through the Baltimore Film Office, the one stop shop for film production in the city, we help bring thousands of employment opportunities to residents of the region. 

We’re able to do all this and so much more thanks to support from a variety of public and private funders- donors like you.

  • Reach an annual audience of more than 1.4 million; whether its Baltimore City neighborhoods at a community block party or visitors from around the world for Artscape- America’s largest free arts festival.
  • Drive an estimated economic impact of over $190 million into our city.
  • Produce  20+ programs that make the arts and exciting events accessible to all, develop artists creatively and professionally, and raise the visibility of Baltimore as a creative and vibrant city.

Your gift will help build on all these accomplishments and make 2017 a stellar year for the arts in Baltimore!

“As soon as we got home my three year old started turning blocks into saxophones and guitars and asked if we could put on our own show tomorrow. It was beautiful to see.”- 2015 Free Fall attendee 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your donation is sincerely appreciated. 

  • BOPA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

    5-BOPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, relying on the support of private and public funders to make sure all our events are free and open to the public.

  • BOPA Grant Opportunities

    BOPA grant opportunities (Transformative Art Prize, Creative Baltimore Fund, Neighborhood Events, and Free Fall Baltimore) help Baltimore artists, cultural institutions, and community groups make our city a more creative and vibrant place to live.

  • Artscape

    3 days of Artscape welcomed the biggest attendance in recent memory, providing access to over 400,000 at the nation’s largest free arts festival.

  • Baltimore Film Office

    Major television series, such as House of Cards, work with the Baltimore Film Office, a division of BOPA, to film throughout Baltimore. These two shows alone hired 4,700 local Maryland employees in FY14!

  • One Goal

    Inspiring and promoting the arts in Baltimore through more than 30 different events and programs.

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Text ARTS to 52000 to Donate $5 to BOPA

Each $5 donation will directly support Baltimore’s artists, youth and community programs, events and festivals produced by BOPA throughout the year.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a nonprofit 501©3 organization, is Baltimore’s official arts council, event center and film office.

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If you'd prefer, please feel free to fill out a mailable donation form.

More Information

For more information contact Jessica Abel at or 410-752-8632.