Arts In Action Arts Education Grant

Details & Eligibility : Arts In Action Arts Education Grant

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is excited to announce  Arts In Action Arts Education grant opportunities for teaching artists and non profit organizations with an arts education focus. Arts in Action grants support arts education projects/classes/workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings for the Spring semester of the 2022-2023 academic school year. Grants range from $1000 to $5,000. This grant is made possible by the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council.


  • Classes/workshops can support K-12 aged students, creative aging, and incarcerated/reentry populations. 
  •  Applicant must provide at least 5 sequential, teaching sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same cohort of students/people.
  • Classes/workshop cohorts must have a minimum of 10 students per session.
  • Applicant must provide stated learning goals, outcomes, and evaluation plan.
  • Class/Workshop spaces must be accessible to those with disabilities. Also, activities must be altered to meet the needs of the visually and hearing impaired upon appropriate notification of need.
  • If applicant was a recipient of this grant within the previous grant cycle, you may not apply this year.
  • Applicant must be  in good standing with BOPA.
  • BOPA staff are ineligible to apply for this grant.


Program Criteria
Grants are awarded via a merit‐based review process based upon the following criteria:

  • Programmatic quality is valued over participant quantity.
  • Artistic and/or Cultural and Programmatic Merit
  • Learning Outcomes & Evaluation
  • Student Benefit & Accessibility
  • Managerial & Fiscal Competence
  • Grants range from $1000 to $5,000

Applicant Requirements

  • Individual/Teaching artists and/or non-profit organization must be based in Baltimore City.
  • School partners and non-profit organizations must be located in Baltimore City.
  • Individual/Teaching artists and/or organizations must have at least 2 years of prior teaching experience and/or history of implementing workshops/ classes with youth.

Eligible Project Expenses

  •  Only direct artistic costs (in-person or virtually) and materials will be considered for funding.
  • Project must provide sequential, skills‐based study that incorporates one or more art forms, that is hands-on and participatory, and that involve at least 5 sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same group of students. Sessions may be in-person or virtual.
  • Materials/supplies costs
  • Artist fees
  • End of workshop celebrations

Ineligible Project Expenses

  • Projects already partially or fully funded by schools/ partner organizations.
  • Fellowships and/or scholarships
  • Project income exceeding project expenses (below $1000 or more than $5000)
  • Subsidizes entertainment costs (e.g. theater parties, gallery/museum openings, receptions)
  • Supports fundraising activities
  • Partners with a school that is private or parochial within Baltimore City, not recognized by BCPS
  • Is a standalone, single occurrence activity

Project Budget:

  • Project budgets must be submitted as part of your application. Budgets should realistically reflect the costs of executing the projects/classes/workshops.


2022 Grant Recipients

The Arts In Action Arts Education Grant supports arts education projects, classes, and/or workshops that will take place in school, after school, or in local community settings for the 2022 spring semester. The panel review team who evaluated this year’s applications includes former Baltimore City educator and administrator Wendy Prioleau, creative entrepreneur and arts advocate Maryam Foye, and professor and researcher Fadia Shaya. Awarded grants range from $1,000–5,000. Here are the individual teaching artists and arts organizations that will receive these funds:

  • Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation
  • Baltimore Youth Arts
  • Geraldine Ezigbo (Individual Teaching Artist)
  • Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.
  • I AM MENtality Youth Male Empowerment Project
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.
  • Make Studio
  • Media Rhythm Institute
  • Mekhi's Space of Creators
  • Muse 360 Arts/New Generation Scholars
  • New Song Community Learning Center/New Song Academy
  • Nia Hampton (Individual Teaching Artist)


2023 Grant Recipients