Community Art Grants

Community Art Grants support Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to enliven underutilized public spaces through high-impact, community-driven public art projects.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

• Public art projects - large in scale or in multiples including 2D visual art such as murals, and 3D visual art such as sculptures.
• New media art forms including projection mapping, lighting, and soundscapes

All projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space. Applications closed on Wednesday, June 6.

The 2018 Community Art Grants are made possible by the generous support of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Local Development Council, Casino Local Impact Grant funds provided by the City of Baltimore, Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor.

The Community Art Grant supports artists & communities working collaboratively to enhance quality-of-life in Baltimore’s local communities through visible, memorable art projects that reflect the ideas and values of those for whom it’s created. This Grant program requires neighborhoods to collaborate with arts organizations and/or artists to activate community spaces using art. The temporary public art projects funded by this grant can include murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural artwork, community art, digital new media, and/or performances. Artists and communities are encouraged to submit exciting art design concepts that represent the distinct character and quality of a local community, with consideration to local cultural heritage and diversity. Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process. Art projects must be openly accessible, free of charge. Funds will be distributed to qualified neighborhood associations and community based non-profit groups for the purpose of strengthening neighborhoods through major art projects.

The Community Art Planning Grant supports research and planning for project grantees to investigate the project needs, face challenges and obstacles barring project completion. This grant can help a community and artist gather the necessary approvals to ensure the future success of a project. The purpose of the Planning Grant is to help communities and artists work through the planning and feasibility of large-scale community art projects, outdoor sculptures, kinetic artwork and semi-permanent place-making projects that often require extensive site planning, permits, engineering and Right-Of-Entry permissions before a project a can be installed. Community Art projects may require: design method review, zoning regulation, permits, surveying, right-of-entry- agreements, insurance, cultural study, community impact review, supplemental funding sources or extended community engagement processes. Projects must employ community engagement in the creative planning process. Art projects must be openly accessible, free of charge.

For more information on the Community Art Grants, call 410-752-8632. 


Community Art Grants:
• support communities and artists working together in a collaborative way 
• support the creation of temporary public art projects on highly visible site
• support the active engagement of local community residents in the project design
• support artists and neighborhoods who work together to create art on outdoor, publicly accessible spaces, free and open to the public 

Grants are available for neighborhood organizations and community groups representing neighborhoods in Baltimore City. 

Up to $15,000 for Community Art Projects, Up to $5,000 for Community Art Planning Projects

Project/performance requests do not have to total maximum budget. Smaller requests are encouraged.

Applications closed on Wednesday, June 6 at 11:59pm
Community Art Grant projects must be completed by December 31, 2018

Award notifications are announced in June 2018 (via email)

Sample Budget
Grant Guidelines
How to paint a mural in Baltimore City

2016 Winners


A Step Forward, Inc. - $20,000

Harlem Park West- Making the Invisible…Visible

Location: 800 and 746 N Fulton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Working directly with residents of Harlem Park West, artist Ali Duggan will create a series of murals representing the struggles and successes of the people in and around the community. The murals, located at multiple complementary locations along North Fulton Avenue, will be complemented by a future community garden.

Creative Alliance - $15,000

Piñatas Navideñas y Posada

Location: 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224 and procession through Highlandtown

As part of their Piñata Entrepreneurship Program, the Creative Alliance will conduct professional development training for local piñata artisans and engage them to conduct piñata-making workshops at schools and perform a traditional Mexican Posada, thereby bringing this rich evangelist-turned-theatrical tradition to new audiences. The procession will feature young adults in biblically inspired costumes, live music, and will culminate in a party featuring homemade food and, of course, piñata breaking.

Patterson Park Neighborhood Association - $25,000

Fayette Corridor Alive, Chesapeake Bay Scene

Location: 156 N Milton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

Mural artists Shawn James and Charles Lawrance will partner with sculptors Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller to create a Chesapeake Bay-themed mural and sculptural bus bench at the intersection of East Fayette Street and North Milton Avenue. The newly transformed intersection will feature custom built planters filled with native plants and trees creating an oasis for the dozens of MTA bus riders who utilize this stop daily.

Morgan State University - $30,000

Walk-Through Community Theater

Location: 1835 W Lanvale St, Baltimore, MD 21217

Working in partnership with A New Day, Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy Department of Behavioral Health Sciences will convert the vacant lot located at 1835 W Lanvale into an outdoor community theater and rotating gallery utilizing projections. Youth and adults alike will take workshops on building digital cameras and working with artists Ashley Milburn and Johnnie Jackson, they will utilize their handcrafted digital cameras to photograph and document their community for the grant opening exhibition of the walk-through community theater.

Youth Resiliency Institute - $20,000

The Cherry Hill Intergenerational Choir

Location: Cherry Hill Homes Recreation Center: 2700 Spelman Road, Baltimore, MD 21225 and touring various locations throughout the city

Led by internationally recognized singer, songwriter and activist Navasha Daya, the Youth Resiliency Institute and the Cherry Hill Homes Tenants Council will form the Cherry Hill Intergenerational Choir. The choir will team up with visual artists Jackie Mayo and Dirk Joseph as well as drummer Mosiah Saleem to create a touring performance and visual artist hybrid project comprised of Cherry Hill voices of all ages.


For more information on the Community Art Grants, call 410-752-8632.