The following final report is for the Communities Thrive Organizational Project Grant  agreement made by and between the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (hereinafter “BOPA”), a non-profit organization and "granted" Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Organizations, made possible with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council. The grant was provided to support small to mid-sized arts organizations in the production and presentation of artistic works accessible to the Baltimore City public. 

Special Request Grants are designed to help our nonprofit partners and community-based organizations achieve greater impact with their programming by providing funding for projects that may not fall within the guidelines of our current grant programs.These funds are designed to fill in the gaps for current or new projects that will occur within the current fiscal year. Grants will be reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis. Special Request Grants are made possible with support of the Maryland State Arts Council.

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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The following final report is for the 2022 Arts in Action Education grant.  The grant was provided to support arts education projects/classes/workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings for the Spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic school year. 

  This grant was made possible by the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council.


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 (BOPA) is proud to announce the fourth edition of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB). The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City. This prize will award $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living in Baltimore City. Successful proposals will be selected from submissions that clearly articulate the artist’s reason for travel and how it relates to their work, along with support materials. The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to an artist’s studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford.

As part of your application, consider speaking to our current pandemic and what the prospect of traveling for your studio practice would mean, especially given no one is traveling very much at this moment. With this in mind, we will be flexible with the selected artist, should travel not be possible further into 2023 than we are estimating at this time.

Application Process

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore Artist Travel Prize will be accepting online applications at this site.

You will be asked to submit the following:

Written Proposal
(one page max, PDF only) This should include where you would go if awarded the prize, a section about your work, and an explanation of how this opportunity would advance your studio practice. The primary goal of this award is to advance an artist’s work and does not need to be tied to a possible or secured artist residency — research can be the focus of proposed travel. Proposal should include a post travel public presentation, which would be an artist talk presented with BOPA and MASB.

Resume (two pages max, PDF only)

Images

● Artists must submit 10 images of their work most relevant to their proposal.

● Images should be in jpeg format, and not be larger than 1 MB. (1240x900 pixels, 72 dpi)

● Please label your images last name, first name and number corresponding to your image list (example: DoeJane_01.jpg, DoeJane_02.org, etc.)

Videos

Artists wishing to submit video work in lieu of images may do so by submitting 5 to 10 links to their videos on YouTube, Vimeo, etc., or submit video directly to the application. Videos should not exceed two minutes; you do not need to submit your whole project. Pick a representative sample that will give jurors a good example of your work.

Image/Video list (one page max, PDF only)

List title, media, year produced, and any narrative information for the jurors.

Travel Budget

Please provide the most realistic budget for your proposed travel, including all things that need to be funded to realize the trip. Do not feel compelled to pad your travel with the highest number of locations or quantity of travel — the budget should reflect the needs as described in your statement and the most realistic use of the funds. Please keep funds specific to the artist needs for travel. Equipment costs are not childcare and non-contributing partner expenses should be avoided.

Guidelines

  1. Artists living and/or working in Baltimore City are eligible; Artists must live or work within Baltimore City during time of application and during the entire granting period.
  2. Artists must be at least 21 years old and may not be full-time students or enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the granting period, Summer 2022 to Fall 2023. (Although current seniors and last semester graduate students are encouraged to apply.)
  3. Artists who apply as individuals must submit original artwork that is principally created by them. It is understood that sometimes individual artists may employ the work of another artist to complete a larger scale project. For example, an artist who works in video may choose to include sound in the video that is composed by another artist. In such cases, the individual artist applying to the MASB Artist Travel Prize must be the primary creator of the work, they must disclose any assistance received on artwork submitted for consideration and they must obtain permission from the contributor to submit the work for consideration. Failure to disclose this support will disqualify the applicant, and the artist will be required to return any prize monies awarded.
  4. Upon www.submittable.com’s receipt of application materials, artists will be sent an automatic email confirmation. If an artist does not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please contact Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.com.
  5. The award will be paid in three installments. $2,500 will be paid upon signing a contract with BOPA, wherein the artist agrees to the guidelines outlined here. The second payment ($2,500) will be paid once travel plans are confirmed with receipts. The third payment ($1,000) will be paid upon the completion of a public presentation of artwork based on this travel.
  6. The artist award may not be used for the purchase of equipment or materials for art production.
  7. Winners of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Grant Prize will be responsible for paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes.
  8. The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City and BOPA reserve the right to reproduce images of applicants’ work for printed or internet publicity, catalogue, or marketing purposes.
  9. Previous winners of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize are not eligible to apply for this award, as are recipients of the Henry Walters Travel Prize.
  10. Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City and BOPA reserve the right to reproduce images of applicants’ work for printed or internet publicity, catalogue, or marketing purposes.
  11. The decisions of the jurors are final. The jury consists of the members of the board of the Municipal Art Society, and jurors/board members may change without notification.
  12. BOPA and Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Board members, employees and/or Immediate family (defined as children, spouse, domestic partner, or parents) are not eligible to apply for the MASB Artist Travel Prize.

    Estimated Timeline


    ● May 31, 2022: Call for entries released

    ● July 15, 2022: Application deadline

    ● September 2022: Recipient of MASB Artist Travel Prize announced

    ● Summer/Fall 2023: Public presentation of travel by selected artist

    For more information about the Travel Prize, contact Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.org

    For more information about the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, contact Peter Doo at petercdoo@gmail.com
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