Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Community Arts Matching Grant

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Community Arts Matching Grant, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB). The purpose of the MASB Community Arts Matching Grant is to focus on building a beautiful Baltimore by strengthening the vitality and sustainability of arts projects in communities across the city. MASB offers matching grant funds for artists to activate or expand community engagement with a public art project that will continue to stimulate interest in art in the City of Baltimore and to encourage an appreciation for contemporary art that is openly accessible to all. The MASB Community Arts Matching Grant supports independent artists and small organizations with an artist led project by providing matching funds up to $10,000 per project.

The MASB Community Arts Matching Grant supports any of the following permanent or temporary public art forms:

● Stand-alone sculptures and structures

● Mosaics, murals, wall-mounted sculpture, site furnishing, lighting and projections

The MASB Community Arts Matching Grant is open to artist led public art projects seeking additional funds. This matching grant is open to Baltimore City neighborhood and community-based organizations partnering with artists or artist teams. The requirements are:

● The project must be an original work

● The project must be in Baltimore City

● Access to the piece must be free and open to the public

● Applicants must provide evidence of existing secured funds

● Permission to install the work in its proposed location must be secured and evidence of the same presented with the application.

MASB Community Arts Matching Grant applications submitted after the application period closes will not be reviewed until the next cycle (currently set for January 2021). After the panel review, applicants will be notified of the grant status (approved or rejected) as soon as possible. If approved, applicants receive a formal grant agreement form to process the grant payment (100% of award amount). Funds are awarded within 5 days of project selection.

The application and full list of eligibility requirements is available here. Applications for this cycle are due by Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

For more information about the Community Arts Matching Grant contact: Lou Joseph at 443-263-4339 or ljoseph@promotionandarts.org.  

For more information about the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, contact: Peter Doo at petercdoo@gmail.com.  

Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City
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.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASOB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City, including this Artist Travel Prize and an annual Public Art Prize.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By producing large-scale events such as Artscape, the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, 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.