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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 2nd 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 it’s 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 Art’s 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 Artist page to see all current opportunities for artists to apply for upcoming public art projects.
For more information on Baltimore's 1%-for-Art Program and artworks currently in the collection or to sign up to receive e-mail notifications on upcoming art projects, please contact Ryan Patterson or Kim Domanski at 410-752-8632.
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.
On occasion a generous benefactor will propose a gift of public art to the City of Baltimore. While the City is highly appreciative of donations of artwork, it is not always able to accept these gifts and the responsibilities associated with owning an artwork. Conscientious ownership of public art requires a commitment to complete regular maintenance of the work and grounds that surround the piece, as well as a commitment to conserve and protect it. The City has developed Gift of Public Art Guidelines that must be considered before accepting any gifted works. For more information or to discuss a proposed gift please contact the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts at 410-752-8632.