BALTIMORE OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2021

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce our 33rd Annual Open Studio Tour (OST):

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10AM – 6PM

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10AM – 6PM

An annual city-wide event, Baltimore Open Studio Tour has brought together professional artists and the general public, giving art lovers, students, art collectors, and creative influencers the opportunity to visit, meet, engage, purchase, and get a glimpse into the world and studios of some of Baltimore City’s most vibrant artists.

Each year attendees travels from throughout Maryland area and the surrounding region to visit the studios of artists in Baltimore to see their work and step into their working processes.

Open your studio on October 23rd and 24th, and take the opportunity to share your work with the public and with other artists during OST Weekend.

This program is made possible with the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

SCHOOL 33 ARTS CENTER AND BROMO SELTZER ARTS TOWER APPLICANTS:

Current School 33 and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Members/Residents fee is $35.00.

ELIGIBILITY: All fine, visual, and performance artists with studios within the Baltimore City limits are eligible to participate.

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, September 12th, 2021, 11:59PM

Individual Artists:

• Artists: $45.00

School 33 and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Members/Residents:

• Current School 33 and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Members: $35.00

Studio Building Registrations:

• 5 or more Studio Artists: $40.00 Each *

* School 33 and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Members pay $30.00 each under the group rate during the Regular registration period.

If one person is paying all of the registration fees for the entire group on one credit card or check, do not use this application. You will not be able to submit this application without payment. Instead, contact Kirk Shannon-Butts at KSButts@promotionandarts.org to register with your group.

Makerspaces/Community Spaces/Nonprofit Arts or Education Spaces:

• $50.00

Galleries/Museums/Commercial Studios

• $55.00

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

• Digital promotional assets.

• 25 promotional postcards.

• 1 display sign.

• Name, studio address, and studio hours included in printed map.

• Name, address, studio hours, website and sample image(s) included in online map and BOPA website and BOPA social media platforms.

Participating artists are required to open their studios on both days, Saturday and Sunday.  All information about your studio (location, open hours, website, social media, etc.) will be available our website at www.promotionandarts.org. The site features a map with details for each participating artist and will remain live for one year.

CURATED COACH TOUR:

For 2021, there will be a curated tour each day where three (3) artists per day are featured and will receive up to 25 guests for a 45-60 minutes studio tour group.  Artists will be selected based upon scope of work.

PUBLICITY:

Although BOPA will publicize this event to the media, artists are encouraged to send out postcards (provided by BOPA) to their own mailing lists and activate all social media platforms to promote your studio.

QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Shannon-Butts, Public Art & Curation Manager, at KSButts@promotionandarts.org.

 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion& The Arts (BOPA) is inviting teen creatives to join the BOPA Youth Arts Council in order for Baltimore’s youth perspective to be heard in arts programming and policy. We are seeking creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts, writing, event planning, and education policy. An application with more information will be available online in May- Sept for youth applicants interested in being considered for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

BOPA will select a group of dedicated, arts-loving teens from across Baltimore City to serve on our Youth Arts Council. The council will be designed by and for teens to inspire and empower other local youth through arts programming and advocacy. The Youth Arts Council will also learn about education policy in order to advocate for equal access to the arts for all Baltimore City students.

Benefits of being on the BOPA Youth Council:

  • Honoraria/Stipend (teens get paid!)
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Experience alternative methods of making and seeing
  • Organize exhibitions and events
  • Build policy knowledge
  • Engage with artists and arts professionals
  • and more!


Teen Candidate FAQ:

1. Do you have to be an artist to join the youth council?

No, but an artist can be many things—an artist can write, perform, draw, cook, enjoy working with others towards a common goal, etc. These are all activities that BOPA considers art forms.

2. How will this help me with my professional career?

The Youth Arts Council is a great addition to your resume for college or future jobs. It says that you have worked at a major arts organization, have skills in public event planning, understand educational policy, and know how to collaborate with peers to achieve a goal. Working with other teens to problem solve and advocate for arts access helps to build critical thinking skills.

3. How often does the council meet?

The council will be meeting at least twice a month in addition to events listed below.

4. How long can a teen be a member of the youth council?

Teens who choose to can remain members of the Council for a two year term.

5. What will I get to do as a Youth Arts Council Member?

  • Attend a retreat at the end of October to meet with leading arts educators in Baltimore and Maryland.
  • Attend Public Art Commission meetings to learn about public art projects in Baltimore in December.
  • Collaborate with other you councils/advisory board across the city to address issues concerning youth.
  • Learn the ins and outs on event and project creation.
  • Develop materials for personal reel or artistic portfolio.\
  • Behind the scenes view of the inner workings of the Baltimore City Arts Council.
  • Professional development and guidance toward discovering new career paths in the arts.







The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), on behalf of the Mayor and the City of Baltimore, is excited to announce the Creative Baltimore Grant for FY 2022. Through this grant opportunity, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. The Creative Baltimore Fund is a grant made annually by the City of Baltimore. The annual allocation from the City’s general fund is administered by the Baltimore City Arts Council. 

Creative Baltimore Fund Overview
Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:
General Operating Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant. 

Mayor’s Individual Artist Award – Project/ Practice Support (PS) provides support for artists individual practice or program that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

This document consists of the application guidelines and instructions for the General Operating Support program for FY22.

General Operating Support (GOS) grants provide unrestricted, core support for Baltimore City-based nonprofit organizations that have:
 •a primary mission to create, produce, present or provide arts or cultural services for the public;
 •a history of vibrant artistic or cultural programming; and
 •a strong organizational capacity.

General Operating Support Grant Timeline
July 19, 2021 - Application Available
August 29th, 2021- Application Closes
October 15th 2021 - Grant Awards Announced and Awarded

September 3, 2022 - Final Report at 11:59 pm EST

October, 2021 - September 3, 2022 - Grant Period; All funded activities must occur during the grant period.

Eligibility Criteria - Who May Apply
To be eligible for the GOS grant program, applicant organizations must meet each of the following criteria:

Have a primary mission to provide programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage for the general public. BOPA defines arts and culture as including, but not limited to, literature, theater, music, dance, ballet, painting, sculpture, photography, motion pictures, architecture, archaeology, history, natural history, or the natural sciences.

Have a permanent and viable base in Baltimore City for a minimum of two years prior to the submission deadline for the FY22 General Operating Support application.

Be and have been a 501(c)(3) organization for at least two years or be a successor to an arts or cultural organization that had been a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization for at least three years prior to the submission deadline. Organizations that utilize fiduciary organizations are eligible.

Provide Independently Certified Audited Financial Statements for FY19 and FY20 if its annual budget is $500,000 or more; or provide either Independently Certified Audited or Reviewed Financial Statements for FY19 and FY20 if its annual budget is less than $500,000.

Have a Certificate of Good Standing certifying that the applicant is a registered nonprofit corporation, in good standing, in the State of Maryland.

Who May NOT Apply

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the GOS Program (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): units of government, including K‐12 school districts; public colleges and universities; libraries; individuals; organizations that are the primary responsibility of a government agency; private K‐12 schools; private libraries; organizations that are not in good standing with BOPA and/or not in compliance with previous grants. Additionally, organizational partners to artists receiving Project Support are not eligible for GOS funding in the same grant cycle.

Funding Restrictions
Creative Baltimore funds cannot be used for: religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; capital improvements (facilities and equipment); agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the United States.

Panels
All BOPA grant programs are adjudicated using independent panels of arts and culture professionals from the region who evaluate and score applications. Panelists are appointed through open nominations and serve for specific grant programs and cycles.

Staff
BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grantmaking process that meets BOPA’s mission and core values. BOPA staff members provide pertinent and uniform information to the public regarding the grant application process and ensure that program guidelines and requirements are applied consistently.

Ownership of Intellectual Property
BOPA does not own, collect royalties on or hold copyrights to artistic products resulting from its grants, nor will it take any action on behalf of the grantee (cultural partner) to protect the grantee’s intellectual property rights. BOPA does, however, have legal authority to reproduce and use submitted documentation (electronically and in print) of such artistic products for educational, promotional, official or noncommercial purposes.

Questions
For additional information on the General Operating Support FY22 application please contact: Jocquelyn Downs,  Arts Council Director, jdowns@promotionandarts.org.

Technical Support

Info Session

Friday July 23rd at 3pm via zoom.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucuusrDooHNStJhxavIoZi-51ZRT9QZ2w


News, updates and technical assistance workshops will be posted on the BOPA website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and distributed through BOPA’s email distribution list. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up at www.promotionandarts.org to receive notifications. 





The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), on behalf of the Mayor and the City of Baltimore, is excited to announce the Creative Baltimore Grant for FY 2022. Through this grant opportunity, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. The Creative Baltimore Fund is a grant made annually by the City of Baltimore. The annual allocation from the City’s general fund is administered by the Baltimore City Arts Council.

Creative Baltimore Fund Overview

Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:

General Operating Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.

Mayor’s Individual Artist Award – Project Support (PS) provides support for arts or cultural programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

This application is for Individual Artist Project Support.

The purpose of the Creative Baltimore Fund Individual Artist Project Support grant program is to promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community by supporting Baltimore City-based projects and/or creative processes. Projects are intended to promote the health and vitality of artist's individual practices and provide accessibility to arts and culture throughout Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods  Projects should promote active community participation and a process of discovery in art and culture. The Mayor’s Individual Artist Project Support grant will award 10 artists $2,500 grant awards directly to the individual artist.

Individual Artist Project Support Timeline 

July 19, 2021 - Application Available
August 29th, 2021- Application Closes
October 15th 2021 - Grant Awards Announced and Awarded

September 3, 2022 - Final Report at 11:59 pm EST

October, 2021 - September 3, 2022 - Grant Period; All funded activities must occur during the grant period.


Eligibility Criteria - Who May Apply    

To be eligible for the FY22 Project Support grant program, applicant individuals must meet each of the following criteria:       

 • Individual and/or groups of practicing professional artists 18 years of age or older organizing projects in Baltimore City with experience or background that demonstrates their ability to administer a community arts project or demonstrate a need to develop or enhance thier artistry through a creative process. Employees of BOPA are not eligible.    

• Have a permanent and viable base of operations in Baltimore City for at least one year prior to the grant application deadline.     

• Have produced or presented arts / cultural program(s) open to the public within the previous two years prior to the grant application deadline.     

• Provide the required financial documentation.  

Who May NOT Apply    

The following individuals are not eligible to apply to the FY22 Project Support grant program (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): units of government; religious institutions without a separate 501c3 organization that specifically administers non-sectarian public programming; individuals who are not in good standing with BOPA and/or in compliance with previous grants. Additionally, organizations receiving a General Operating Support grant from BOPA are NOT eligible to receive Project Support funding in the same grant cycle. 

Allowable Expenses

  • Studio  or exhibition space rentals;
  • Cost of equipment/materials/supplies;
  • Costs for related vending (marketing collateral, photography of work,etc.)
  • Research/ creative process related work

  Unallowable Expenses

  • Partner organizations
  • Funds to support a guest artist in collaboration
  • Rental of a studio, recording, or exhibition space outside of Baltimore City
  • Religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; 
  • Fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; 
  • Capital improvements (facilities and equipment); agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the United States.    

REQUIRED DOCUMENT CHECKLIST     

The following materials are required and should be submitted with the completed application. Fields to upload each document are provided. Video, Audio and PDF documents are allowable submission formats.

  • Individual Artist Resume   
  • Individual Artist List of Work   
  • Project Budget   

 Panels
All BOPA grant programs are adjudicated using independent panels of arts and culture professionals from the region who evaluate and score application. Panelists are appointed through open nominations and serve for specific grant programs and cycles. 


Staff
BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grantmaking process that meets BOPA’s mission and core values. BOPA staff members provide pertinent and uniform information to the public regarding the grant application process and ensure that program guidelines and requirements are applied consistently.

Intellectual Property

BOPA does not own, collect royalties on or hold copyrights to artistic products resulting from its grants, nor will it take any action on behalf of the grantee (cultural partner) to protect the grantee’s intellectual property rights. BOPA does, however, have legal authority to reproduce and use submitted documentation (electronically and in print) of such artistic products for educational, promotional, official or noncommercial purposes.

Questions
For additional information on the Mayor’s Individual Artist Project Support FY22 grant application please contact: Jocquelyn Downs,  Arts Council Director, jdowns@promotionandarts.org, 410-752-8632.

Technical Support

 Info Session

Friday July 23rd at 3pm via zoom.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucuusrDooHNStJhxavIoZi-51ZRT9QZ2w







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