The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is deeply grateful for the generosity we receive throughout the year. Contributions from our philanthropic community, and individuals like you, allow us to accomplish our mission of making Baltimore a more creative and vibrant city!
As Baltimore’s arts council, events center and film office, BOPA is proud to be the organization that makes arts and culture accessible to all Baltimoreans. With your contribution, you enable us to:
  • Reach an annual audience of more than 1.5 million; whether its Baltimore City neighborhoods at a community block party or visitors from around the world for Light City.
  • Drive an estimated economic impact of over $288 million into our city through the Film Office, festivals and events throughout the year.
  • Produce 30+ programs that make the arts and exciting events accessible to all, develop artists creatively and professionally, and raise the visibility of Baltimore as a creative and vibrant city.
  • Grant over $2.2 million in funding to artists and arts collectives through a variety of programs to support their arts practice, public art projects and creative endeavors. 
Your gift will help build upon all of these accomplishments and make this a great year for the arts in Baltimore!
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent as allowable by law. Your donation is sincerely appreciated.  
  • BOPA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

    5-BOPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, relying on the support of private and public funders to make sure all our events are free and open to the public.

  • BOPA Grant Opportunities

    BOPA grant opportunities (Transformative Art Prize, Creative Baltimore Fund, Neighborhood Events, and Free Fall Baltimore) help Baltimore artists, cultural institutions, and community groups make our city a more creative and vibrant place to live.

  • Artscape

    3 days of Artscape welcomed the biggest attendance in recent memory, providing access to over 350,000 at the nation’s largest free arts festival.

  • Baltimore Film Office

    Major television series, such as House of Cards, work with the Baltimore Film Office, a division of BOPA, to film throughout Baltimore. These two shows alone hired 4,700 local Maryland employees in FY14!

  • One Goal

    Inspiring and promoting the arts in Baltimore through more than 30 different events and programs.

Online Donation

Mobile Donation

Support the Arts in Baltimore!

Text ARTS to 52000 to Donate $5 to BOPA

Each $5 donation will directly support Baltimore’s artists, youth and community programs, events and festivals produced by BOPA throughout the year.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a nonprofit 501©3 organization, is Baltimore’s official arts council, event center and film office.

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Mailable Donation

If you’d prefer to send in your donation by mail, please fill out the donation form and send to Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to the attention of Emily Sollenberger Dobbins, Development Officer. 10 East Baltimore Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.

More Information

For more information about making a donation to BOPA, please connect with one of our Development team members at

Kelsey Bryner, Donor Stewardship Coordinator
Tony Covington, Chief Development Officer
Emily Sollenberger Dobbins, Development Officer
Bob Sicard,  Senior Development Officer – Corporate Sponsorship
Margo Wright, Development and Finance Coordinator

Our Programs

The Arts have the power to do all this and more! As Baltimore’s arts council, events center and film office, we make culture accessible to all Baltimoreans through programming such as Bright StARTS arts education program, events such as Free Fall Baltimore, which brings together nearly 80 local cultural organizations to offer free programming to over 30,000 participants throughout October, along with annual festivals such as ArtscapeLight City and the Baltimore Book Festival. BOPA organizes Baltimore’s most exciting events, bringing together hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors for joyful shared experiences. 

And, it’s not just the big events; BOPA programs, such as the MECU Neighborhood Events Grants, make our communities more vibrant and creative places to live. BOPA allows Baltimore residents to enjoy the best parts of city life, like the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar under the Jones Fall Expressway on Sunday mornings, or the iconic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, where you can tour throughout the year and see the inner-workings of the newly renovated clock!

We make Baltimore a great place for artists to live and work. Whether it’s competing for the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, participating in the annual Open Studio Tour or by investing in our Arts & Entertainment Districts, BOPA supports our creative economy in a multitude of ways. And through the Baltimore Film Office, the one stop shop for film production in the city, we help bring thousands of employment opportunities to residents of the region.