Greetings from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

At the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), we are committed to supporting our thriving arts and cultural communities. That’s why this year, as part of the 2020 U.S. Census, we have focused on getting a complete count of these communities that are so wonderfully diverse in both art and individuals.

Our “I’m Creative & I Count Campaign” began at the start of the year when we were still able to gather at events across the city speaking with Baltimore creatives about the importance of the Census. We continued the campaign virtually throughout the pandemic by collaborating with Baltimore-based artists in videos and live-streamed performances that celebrate the creativity in our city. Now, the deadline to submit your Census response is only one week away – Wednesday, September 30.

The Census count will have a significant impact on Baltimore City for the next decade. It determines how more than $675 billion in Federal dollars supporting State and Local community programs will be allocated across the country. Imagine how much our arts and cultural communities can continue to grow and thrive with the proper resources. Your creative voice is essential. Make sure it’s heard by participating in the Census this year.

As the Census deadline approaches and fall begins, BOPA is also preparing for a month-long celebration of our cultural community. October is National Arts and Humanities Month, and our annual Free Fall Baltimore program is a perfect timed reminder of the importance of our arts and cultural communities. Free Fall Baltimore brings together organizations from across the city to present free virtual and in-person events – theater performances, art classes, galleries and exhibitions – all month long. You’ll get to explore and experience the creativity of our city for an entire month, and we believe you’ll be inspired to return to these organizations for inspiration and entertainment throughout the year. The schedule is now available at freefallbaltimore.org. We hope Free Fall Baltimore demonstrates what a profound impact arts and culture have in keeping Baltimore vibrant and creative.

CEO, Donna Drew Sawyer