Arts In Action Arts Education Grant

BOPA's 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 2021-2022 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.
  • Classes/Workshops may be delivered in-person or virtually due to the global health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Applicant must provide at least 4 sequential, teaching sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same cohort of students/people.
  • Student cohorts must have a minimum of 6 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.

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.

Grant Timeline:

  • Applications Open: October 18, 2021
  • Application Closes: December 3, 2021
  • Applicants Notified Friday, December 17, 2021 (80% of funding received upon execution of agreement)
  • Final Reports are due Friday, June 17, 2022 (20% of funding received upon execution of agreement)
  • Staff, relatives, and board members of BOPA Inc are ineligible to apply for this grant.

TO APPLY: Applications for the 2022 grant cycle have closed. 

For more information about this grant or for paper applications, please contact Jackie Downs at or Devin Shacklett at


2022 Grant Recipients

The Arts In Action Arts Education Grant supports arts education projects, classes, and/or workshops that will take place in school, after school, or in local community settings for the 2022 spring semester. The panel review team who evaluated this year’s applications includes former Baltimore City educator and administrator Wendy Prioleau, creative entrepreneur and arts advocate Maryam Foye, and professor and researcher Fadia Shaya. Awarded grants range from $1,000–5,000. Here are the individual teaching artists and arts organizations that will receive these funds:

  • Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation
  • Baltimore Youth Arts
  • Geraldine Ezigbo (Individual Teaching Artist)
  • Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.
  • I AM MENtality Youth Male Empowerment Project
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.
  • Make Studio
  • Media Rhythm Institute
  • Mekhi's Space of Creators
  • Muse 360 Arts/New Generation Scholars
  • New Song Community Learning Center/New Song Academy
  • Nia Hampton (Individual Teaching Artist)