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Public Art enhances the cityscape, quality of life and artistic and creative climate in Baltimore. It often encourages civic pride, provides opportunities for enrichment and sometimes sparks cultured debate. Public Art also supports our city's artists and promotes an awareness of the visual arts in the public environment.
Baltimore was the second city in the country to pass a 1% for Art law in 1964. The Percent-for-Art model requires that the City allocate 1% of all Capital construction costs to go towards public artwork. This model, is a common form of funding public art programs across the United States. In 2007, Baltimore renewed it’s commitment to the Public Art program by updating its ordinance to require “at least 1% of eligible funds be used for the selection, acquisition, commissioning, fabrication, placement, installation, display and maintenance of public fine artwork; and the establishment of a nine member Public Art Commission.
As the city's arts council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts works with all City Agencies and the City’s Capital Budgeting Process to administer to the Percent- for- Public Art Program and staff the Public Art Commission.
Please visit our Calls for Artists page to see all current opportunities for artists to apply for upcoming public art projects.
BOPA staff is currently constructing a collection management database that will provide the public access with the most up to date locations and records for the City’s entire collection of historic monuments, public art and murals.
In the meantime, you can find the locations of most of the City’s public art commissions on this map assembled voluntarily by Johann Liang using the City’s Open Baltimore database.
If you have any questions about this map or any public artwork in the City’s collection, you may contact Ryan Patterson, Public Art Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The removal of Baltimore’s Confederate monuments has captured the attention of the public and inspired artists and others to propose ideas for what might happen next at the four sites left behind. In response, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has created an online portal, “Monumental Sites,” to serve as a central repository for the public’s suggestions and ideas. Submissions for ideas are now closed.
While the submission process in no way guarantees that any of the proposals will be implemented, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is committed to archiving all submissions and may choose to display proposals either online or through a physical exhibition.
For any questions about this application process, please feel free to contact BOPA’s Public Art Administrator, Ryan Patterson at email@example.com.
Media inquiries should be sent to Tracy Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most new interior and exterior public artwork in Baltimore City is commissioned through the Percent-for-Public Art program. Unsolicited proposals for new sculpture or monuments paid for privately are considered "Gifts of Public Art"
The City's Gift of Public Art Policy outlines the basic procedure an individual or group can follow to propose donating an artwork. This policy applies to those groups proposing new artwork or monuments paid for by a group or individual acting as a benefactor and intended to be placed permanently on City Property and become part of the City's Public Art Collection.
While the City is highly appreciative of donations of artwork, it is not always able to accept these proposed gifts and the responsibilities associated with owning an artwork. In addition to the cost of fabricating and installing the artwork, the City requires that donors commit to funding regular maintenance of the work and grounds that surround the piece, as well as a commitment to conserve and protect it.
For more information or to discuss a proposed gift, please feel free to contact BOPA’s Public Art Administrator, Ryan Patterson at email@example.com.