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 2023. 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.

The 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. Individual artists are awarded a flat $2,500 award.

Key Dates:

Opens: July 29 2022

Closes: Sept 9  2022

Panel Review: Sept 12- Sept 30 2022

Award Notifications: Oct 3rd 2022

Final Report Oct 15th  2023


Creative Baltimore Fund Info Session

August 16th 2022 @ 3pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcOigrzgiGtQHvhlz1PBPikr4hQuhi9b5


This application is for Individual Artist 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  individual artist.

Eligibility Criteria - Who May Apply

To be eligible for the FY23 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 their artistry through a creative process. 

• 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 FY23 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/ Practice Budget  
  • Budget Summary

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.

Rubric

A panel review team will consider the following factors when scoring applications:

  • Artistic and/or Cultural and Programmatic Merit
  • Accessibility to under-served communities and a wide range of audiences ( if applicable)
  • Programmatic Quality
  • Budget

Staff

BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grant-making 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. Employees of BOPA are not eligible to apply for this grant.

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 FY23 grant application please contact: Jocquelyn Downs,  Arts Council Director, jdowns@promotionandarts.org, 410-752-8632.


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 2023. 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.

The 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.

Key Dates:

Opens: July 29 2022

Closes: Sept 9  2022

Panel Review: Sept 12- Sept 30 2022

Award Notifications: Oct 3rd 2022

Final Report Oct 15th  2023


Creative Baltimore Fund Info Session

August 16th @ 3pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcOigrzgiGtQHvhlz1PBPikr4hQuhi9b5


This document consists of the application guidelines and instructions for the GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT program for FY23.

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.   

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 FY20 and FY21 if its annual budget is $500,000 or more; or provide either Independently Certified Audited or Reviewed Financial Statements for FY20 and FY21 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.  

Rubric

A panel review team will consider the following factors when scoring applications:

  • Artistic and/or Cultural and Programmatic Merit
  • Accessibility to under-served communities and a wide range of audiences
  • Programmatic Quality
  • Budget

Staff

BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grant-making 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.  Employees of BOPA are not eligible to apply for this grant. 

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 FY23 application please contact: Jocquelyn Downs,  Arts Council Director, jdowns@promotionandarts.org.  

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.


Paper Applications

Paper applications can be mailed to:




RASH FIELD CAFÉ – MURAL PROJECT

Art Project Opportunity:

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in collaboration with Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore (WPOB) seek to commission professional visual artist to produce unique, original mural artwork designs for implementation in the new Rash Field Café at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  This commission of requires that sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of artwork for fabrication are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA.

CLICK HERE FOR IMAGES OF THE CAFE IN PROGRESS AND ELEVATION DRAWINGS.

Eligibility
This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the City of Baltimore. Employees of BOPA and WPOB are not eligible to apply.

Scope of Work for painted interior wall artwork:

· BOPA will solicit art design proposals from qualified artists for the Rash Filed Café Mural Project. A panel of project stakeholders will select an artist finalist to prepare a final art design for implementation in the Café interior.

· Applicants submit art design concept proposals that meet the design criteria set forth in this RFP.

·  Commissioned artists participate in multiple rounds of design development to provide revisions to the project stakeholders before final artwork is approved. Sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of art works for fabrication meet the design criteria of BOPA and WPOB.

· Commissioned artists are required to provide the final, approved artwork designs in a digital format that meets the technical specifications of BOPA and WPOB.

· Commissioned artists design and implement an interior wall painted mural at Rash Field Café.

Project Goals:

The purpose of the Art Projects is to improve the appearance of an area, raise the profile and awareness of the Rash Field Cafe. The commissioned artwork should include and reflect the following elements/themes:

· Beauty of surrounding landscape (Inner Harbor)

· Maryland/Baltimore pride and culture

· The brightness and potential of our hometown

The inclusion of artwork in public places increases quality of life in Baltimore’s dynamic communities celebrates local artists and promotes accessibility to the arts.

Budget
The selected artist / artist team will receive a commission of $17,000.00 The funding is inclusive of all artist fees including assistants, material supplies costs, equipment rentals, installation and site work expenses, digital file formatting services, and taxes. Artist payments will be administered in phases as deliverables are met.

Art Design Guidelines

• Artists are encouraged to develop designs that highlight the beauty and unique features of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, celebrate community pride and/or feature highlights of iconic or important local Baltimore histories. Additionally, designs may be considered that highlight the park's features, especially that of the of Adventure play, Nature play, vitsa, and skateboarding area

• Art designs must be clear, simple, affirming, identifiable, or recognizable forms that generally evoke positivity and are universally understood by both youth and adults.

• Imagery must avoid violence, criminal or sexual activity, racist or religious symbolism. Imagery of suffering or death should be excluded.

• Artists should consider the limited timeframe and project budget. The artwork must be of a nature that can be displayed by a public entity for the enjoyment of a diverse, family-type audience

Application Requirements:

Please to the application link at (link), each application must include the following:

· Artist Contact information (Name, Address, Email, Telephone)

· A color image or images of the proposed artwork with a description of the piece, materials and installation method

· A short description of why the proposed artwork meets the goals of this Call to Art (100 words or less)

· CV or Current Resume, including name, address, phone number, email address and website for all members of the team

· Description of previous mural installations, including color digital images of previous relevant work with annotated image descriptions. JPEG format preferred for previous artwork samples (Please label: Last name, First name, Maximum 5 work Samples)

· All digital works must be in jpg, png or pdf format. Digital work should be sent in a file no less than 300 dpi.

Overview of the Rash Field Cafe:

Rash Field Café, developed by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, is sited on Rash Field at 300 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21202. The Café is the centerpiece of the southwest inner harbor promenade and serves as a visitor center for tourists and residents. The park was developed with much input from surrounding neighborhoods and aims to be a play destination for Baltimoreans of all-ages.

Production Timeline

September - October

· Call to Artists opens September 17, 2021

· Deadline for Submissions – October 15, 2021

· Selection and notification to artists – October 22, 2021

October – November

· Art Design Development - late October

· Equipment & Supplies Procurement - early November

· Art Implementation - starting November 15, 2021

· Deadline for completed artwork – November 30, 2021

Project Budget

Commission Award to Selected Artist for Procurement of Material   Supplies, Installation Costs and Artist Fees

$17,000.00

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

-Quality of proposal

-Visual and technical sophistication

-Proven experience completing projects on time and on budget

-Experience producing artwork for a highly visible public environment

-Art concept design proposal meets RFP design criteria

Notification

All applicants will be notified of the Artist Selection Panels decision by October 22, 2021.  The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.

All applications must be received by 5:00 pm, October 15, 2021

We’re here to help!

We are happy to help to answer any questions about the application process.

For any inquires related to the call or artist selection process please contact:

Lou Joseph, Project Manager

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

ljoseph@promotionandarts.org

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Through the Creative Baltimore Fund which is funded by The City of Baltimore,  BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. This final report is for Creative Baltimore's two grant programs:

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.

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

Your completion of the final report below is important to us. The documentation and feedback that it provides is invaluable. The final installment of your grant award will be issued, after your complete final report has been received. Final reports must be received by Friday, September 09, 2022 11:59pm.

Through the Creative Baltimore Fund which is funded by The City of Baltimore,  BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. This final report is for Creative Baltimore's two grant programs:
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.

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

Your completion of the final report below is important to us. The documentation and feedback that it provides is invaluable. The final installment of your grant award will be issued, after your complete final report has been received. Final reports must be received by Friday, September 09 2022 11:59pm.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts: Arts Council