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.


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.

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


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


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

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

Lou Joseph, Project Manager

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts


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The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is excited to announce  Arts In Action Arts Education grant opportunities for teaching artists and non profit organizations with an arts education focus. Arts in Action grants support arts education projects/classes/workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings for the Spring semester of the 2022-2023 academic school year. Grants range from $1000 to $5,000. This grant is made possible by the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council.

  • Classes/workshops can support K-12 aged students, creative aging, and incarcerated/reentry populations. 
  •  Applicant must provide at least 5 sequential, teaching sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same cohort of students/people.
  • Classes/workshop cohorts must have a minimum of 10 students per session.
  • Applicant must provide stated learning goals, outcomes, and evaluation plan.
  • Class/Workshop spaces must be accessible to those with disabilities. Also, activities must be altered to meet the needs of the visually and hearing impaired upon appropriate notification of need.
  • If applicant was a recipient of this grant within the previous grant cycle, you may not apply this year.
  • Applicant must be  in good standing with BOPA.
  • BOPA staff are ineligible to apply for this grant.

Program Criteria
Grants are awarded via a merit‐based review process based upon the following criteria:

  • Programmatic quality is valued over participant quantity.
  • Artistic and/or Cultural and Programmatic Merit
  • Learning Outcomes & Evaluation
  • Student Benefit & Accessibility
  • Managerial & Fiscal Competence
  • Grants range from $1000 to $5,000

Applicant Requirements

  • Individual/Teaching artists and/or non-profit organization must be based in Baltimore City.
  • School partners and non-profit organizations must be located in Baltimore City.
  • Individual/Teaching artists and/or organizations must have at least 2 years of prior teaching experience and/or history of implementing workshops/ classes with youth.

Eligible Project Expenses

  •  Only direct artistic costs (in-person or virtually) and materials will be considered for funding.
  • Project must provide sequential, skills‐based study that incorporates one or more art forms, that is hands-on and participatory, and that involve at least 5 sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same group of students. Sessions may be in-person or virtual.
  • Materials/supplies costs
  • Artist fees
  • End of workshop celebrations

Ineligible Project Expenses

  • Projects already partially or fully funded by schools/ partner organizations.
  • Fellowships and/or scholarships
  • Project income exceeding project expenses (below $1000 or more than $5000)
  • Subsidizes entertainment costs (e.g. theater parties, gallery/museum openings, receptions)
  • Supports fundraising activities
  • Partners with a school that is private or parochial within Baltimore City, not recognized by BCPS
  • Is a standalone, single occurrence activity

Project Budget:

  • Project budgets must be submitted as part of your application. Budgets should realistically reflect the costs of executing the projects/classes/workshops.

Grant Timeline

  • Applications Open: November 14th 2022
  • Application Closes: December 16th 2023
  • Applicants Notified Friday January 6th 2023 (100% of funding received upon execution of agreement)
  • Final Reports are due Monday July 10th 2023 ( Failure to submit a final report will deem you ineligible to apply for any additional BOPA grants for 2023-2024.)
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