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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with generous support from Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland State Arts Council, and Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, City of Baltimore, administers the 2020 Community Arts Grant. The Community Arts Grant awards funding of up to $15,000 to Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to creatively re-imagine and enliven public spaces through new, exterior wall mural art projects. The artist-neighborhood collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space. The application deadline is Monday, June 1, 2020.
Applications are available here.
This grant program is open to Baltimore City neighborhood and community-based organizations that partner with artists, artist teams, designers, design teams, or arts organizations.
· The lead applicant must be designated by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. If this is not the case, applicants can apply through a 501(c)3 organization that agrees to act as the fiscal agent.
· Employees of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are not eligible to apply.
Please note: If you intend to use BOPA – Community Art Grants funds to create a mural, keep in mind funds will be distributed to qualified neighborhood associations and community based non-profit groups (not individuals), for the purpose of strengthening neighborhoods through community art projects. Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process (include input from residents and stakeholders in the mural design process).
For more information on this program or for technical assistance, contact: Chris Brooks | 410-752-8632 |firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is an overview of the 2020 Community Art Grants and award process:
Projects may require:
Maintenance and Restoration
Protections for Historic Districts and Landmarks
The process for getting approval for a mural is not difficult, but it has a few steps and can take some time. The following are the steps for mural design and site approval. Mural costs vary depending on the size and condition of the wall, the artist’s fee, supplies and scaffolding (or lift). If the project does not require scaffolding or a lift, the cost of mural production is much less expensive.
For more information on the Community Art Grants, call 410-752-8632.