Calls for Artists

Throughout the year, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks visual, literary and performing artists to participate in large-scale festivals and special events. Now, artists and cultural organizations can visit one place to learn about current calls for artists, upcoming projects and arts-related events.

  • Amber Eve Anderson at School 33 Art Center

  • Darley Park Gateway Mural: Part II by Whitney Frazier

  • In The Garden by Sam Christian Holmes at Robert Baker Park in Federal Hill

Sound Off Live!

Application opens Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9am.
Click here to apply for Sound Off Live! 

Application deadline:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 9am

Sound Off Live! (SOL!), presented by Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, is Baltimore's premier "Battle of the Bands" event for emerging artists located in Maryland and the surrounding region. Taking place right in the heart of Light City & Baltimore Book Festival on November 6 & 7, 2019 - SOL! showcases two packed evenings of live music from 18 of the region's most exciting up-and-coming bands/musicians.

Competing bands will each have fifteen minutes to perform up to three songs in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The winning bands that are selected have the opportunity to perform at up to two festivals produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: Artscape, Light City and/or Baltimore Book Festival. The highest scoring band receives a $100 Hard Rock Cafe gift card and a guaranteed Main Stage performance slot at Artscape 2020.

Teaching Artists

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeking talented Teaching Artists to join the Bright StARTS program arts education team. Ideal candidates are practicing artists in the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, visual and culinary arts who are committed to working with educators and young people. The Bright StARTS program brings high-quality arts enrichment to the youth of Baltimore City by working through established after-school, summer and at-risk youth centers. The program is currently accepting applications for dancers, creative writers/poets, musicians, theatrical, visual and culinary artists with teaching experience or substantial training in teaching artistry. Applicants must demonstrate expertise working as professional artists, a strong commitment to working with educators and young people, strong communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, an ability to facilitate group decision making, an ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and strong attention to detail.

Click here for the job description.

Public Art for UMMC

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in collaboration with the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) seeks professional visual artists to produce unique artwork designs that will be translated into decorative murals for the inside of the new Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at UMMC’s Downtown Campus.  
The artists may apply as individuals or a team. One entity (artist or team) will receive the commission for this project.  
The selected artist or team will produce unique artwork designs that will be digitally reproduced on high durability materials and professionally installed within the Unit.   
The selected artist or team may be required to provide multiple rounds of design development, and revisions to the project stakeholders before the final artwork is approved. 

Professional artists residing anywhere within the State of Maryland are invited to submit their qualifications to this project. Artists with experience working in public health or public service settings - or with public health professionals are especially encouraged to apply.

Click here for the job description.