Creative Baltimore Fund

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announce winners of the FY19 Creative Baltimore Fund. The grant program provides $235,000 in funding to more than 50 local individual artists and established nonprofit cultural organizations within Baltimore City. An independent panel reviewed applications and selected grant recipients. The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through monetary support from the City of Baltimore’s general fund and is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the nonprofit organization serving as the city’s arts council.

The Creative Baltimore Fund provides support to artists and organizations through two grants: the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award and General Operating Support. This year, the Creative Baltimore Fund received more than $530,000 in requests from 51 organizations for General Operating Support, and 16 artists for the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award, with $235,000 available for grants, making the review process extremely competitive.

The Mayor’s Individual Artist Award provides project support of $5,000 for programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts or cultural programming in the community. Artist recipients are Jayme Kilburn, Sarah B. McCann, Stephanie Hsu, Scott Patterson and CJay Philip. General Operating Support provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant. Recipients of Creative Baltimore Fund grants are listed below. 

The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through monetary support from the billboard tax and helps art programs and projects come to fruition and continue to enhance the City of Baltimore. Recipients were selected by an independent panel.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on the Creative Baltimore Fund, call 410-752-8632.

FY19 Mayor’s Individual Artist Award Projects

Women's Performance Workshop
Artist: Jayme Kilburn – Community Partner: Strand Theater
This project opens up a space for women and trans community members in an effort to forge a supportive community while also creating personal narratives that can be publicly performed. With techniques employed by celebrated community-engaged theaters and feminist performance collectives, coupled with participant-based performance applications, the Women’s Performance Workshop will provide the opportunity for women and trans individuals to write, stage and perform their own narratives.

Ways of Seeing 
Artist: Sarah B. McCann – Community Partner: National Federation of the Blind
“Ways of Seeing” is an exhibition co-curated by Anil Lewis and Sarah McCann that invites artists to submit work that can be “seen” through all five senses. The exhibition will put work on view that questions the meaning of seeing, how people experience the world and the ways in which they work to understand, particularly those with a different experience. The curation will occur collaboratively by curators that are both blind and sighted through written descriptions of the art. The curators will also work directly with artists who will create new work for the exhibition. The exhibition will be accessible to blind and sighted audiences, providing an opportunity for an immersive art experience.                     

Charm City Night Market
Artist: Stephanie Hsu – Community Partner: The Chinatown Collective/Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
The Charm City Night Market is a one-night event that celebrates the history of Asian Americans in Baltimore City and brings together the existing dynamic fabric of local Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) restaurant owners, artists and performers. Held at the intersection of Baltimore’s historic Chinatown on Park Avenue and Lexington Street, the purpose of Charm City Night Market is to utilize an otherwise vacant space to celebrate and bring together Maryland’s largest gathering of multiethnic, multigenerational Asian Americans in one place at one time.

100 Year Symposium 
Artists: Scott Patterson – Community Partner: Belair-Edison Neighborhood, Inc. (BENI)
100 Year Symposium aims to serve neighborhoods in Northeast Baltimore through a unique experience that involves a futuristic opera and a robust discourse in homes/community gathering places about what 100 years into the future would look like. In partnership with Belair-Edison Neighborhood, Inc. (BENI), Astronaut Symphony, a contemporary ensemble led by pianist and composer Scott Patterson, will perform excerpts of the opera-ballet Afro Punk Ballet. Neighbors will be led in a meaningful discussion about what it means to be a steward of the future, in the intimate and familiar setting of a home/community gathering place. The 100 Year Symposium will be recorded and made available online. Additionally, the conversation will be summarized and shared with BENI and participants, with an emphasis on how to include elements of the conversation in the work being done by the community.

Bmore Family Theater
Artist: CJay Philip – Community Partner: Bmore Family Theater/Strong City Baltimore
Bmore Family Theater project will bring an ensemble of youth and professional artists into communities to present comic skits that educate families on disaster preparedness, fire safety, conflict resolution and literacy. Following each performance, families will learn about resources and receive materials provided by the project community partners. An outcome objective is audience members being able to correctly answer specific fire safety and disaster preparedness questions during the post-show Q&A.

FY19 General Operating Support Recipients

Arena Players Incorporated
Art with a Heart
Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Inc.
Bach Concert Series, Inc.
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Inc.
Baltimore Concert Opera
Baltimore Dance Collective Inc.
Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
Baltimore Jazz Alliance
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Inc.
Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore Theatre Project, Inc.
Baltimore Youth Arts
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
Center Stage Associates, Inc.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
CityLit Project, Inc.
Community Concerts at Second, Inc.
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center 
Everyman Theatre
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Inc.
Handel Choir of Baltimore
Hippodrome Foundation
Historic Ships in Baltimore, Inc.
Intersection of Change, Inc.
Madeira Street Axis/MAXgallery – a program of Fusion Partnerships
Magical Experiences Arts Company
Make Studio Art Program, Inc.
Maryland Humanities
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Muse 360 Arts
Shriver Hall Concert Series
Single Carrot Theatre, Inc.
Vagabond Players, Inc.
Wide Angle Youth Media
Writers in Baltimore Schools 
Young Audiences of Maryland

BOPA and the Creative Baltimore Fund

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is the Arts Council for the City of Baltimore. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it produces festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City, addresses the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support, and develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. Through the Creative Baltimore Fund, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. 

BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grantmaking process that meets BOPA’s mission and core values. BOPA staff members provide pertinent and uniform information to the public regarding the grant application process and ensure that program guidelines and requirements are applied consistently. 

For additional information on the Creative Baltimore Fund please contact: 
Krista D. Green, Interim Cultural Affairs Director,

News, updates and technical assistance workshops will be posted on the BOPA website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and distributed through BOPA’s email distribution list. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up here to receive notifications.