Creative Baltimore Fund

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announce the recipients of the Creative Baltimore Fund.  More than 30 established organizations and individual artists will receive grants from the more than $200,000 available in funding.  The Creative Baltimore Fund is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Creative Baltimore Fund provides support to artists and organizations through two grants.  The Mayor’s Individual Artist Award provides project support of up to $5,000 for programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in the community.  Recipients of this year’s award are Dave Eassa, Joanne Margolius, Paul Mericle, Gianna Rodriguez and Rick Royer. 

General Operating Support provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant. Organizations can receive up to $10,000 for general operating support.  Recipients of this year’s award are:

Access Art, Inc.
American Visionary Art Museum
Art with a Heart, Inc.
Arts Every Day
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Concert Opera
Baltimore Dance Collective Inc.
Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
Baltimore Jazz Alliance
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore Theatre Project, Inc.
Better Waverly Community Organization/901 Arts
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
Carroll Museums Inc
Center Stage Associates, Inc.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
CityLit Project
Concert Artists of Baltimore
Creative Alliance
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
Everyman Theatre
Handel Choir of Baltimore
Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.
Intersection of Change
Make Studio Art Program, Inc.
Maryland Historical Society
Maryland Humanities Council
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Muse 360 Arts
Pumpkin Theater of Baltimore, Inc.
Second Chance, Inc.
Shriver Hall Concert Series
Single Carrot Theatre
The Contemporary
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum 
Wide Angle Youth Media
Writers in Baltimore Schools
Young Audiences of Maryland

          The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through monetary support from the billboard tax and helps art programs and projects come to fruition and continue to enhance the City of Baltimore.  Recipients were selected by an independent panel.

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 Creative Baltimore Fund, call 410-752-8632.


BOPA and the Creative Baltimore Fund

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) is the Arts Council for the City of Baltimore. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it produces festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City, addresses the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support, and develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. Through the Creative Baltimore Fund, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City.

BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grantmaking process that meets BOPA’s mission and core values. BOPA staff members provide pertinent and uniform information to the public regarding the grant application process and ensure that program guidelines and requirements are applied consistently.

Creative Baltimore Fund Advisory Panel

Casey Brent – Special Assistant to Deputy Chief Kaliope Parthemos,  Mayor's Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development 
Cheryl Casciani - Director of Neighborhood Sustainability, Baltimore Community Foundation
Damion J Cooper - Director, Office of Neighborhood and Constituent Relations
Nancy Gordon-Howard - Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore Development Corporation
Caroline Peri - Manager, Economic Development & Residential Outreach, Downtown Partnership 
Sam Rodgers - Executive Vice President, Visit Baltimore 

All BOPA grant programs are adjudicated using independent panels of arts and culture professionals from the region who evaluate and score applications. Panelists are appointed through open nominations and serve for specific grant programs and cycles. 

More Information

For additional information on the Creative Baltimore Fund please contact: Krista D. Green, Cultural Affairs Assistant Director,