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The Business of Arts Networking Series is back! The quarterly virtual program provides professional development, networking, and performance opportunities for Baltimore City emerging artists and creatives.

The next round of programming takes places on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 302021 and focuses on The Art of Finance, with sessions curated specifically for artists on the topics of building a financial foundation, successful financial planning, fundraising, and more.

These sessions are designed for emerging and aspiring artists in all seasons of life – those at the start of a career, those embarking on a second career, and those who may be considering how to follow their creative dreams.

The Business of Arts Networking Series Provides Resources & Guidance for Aspiring Artists


Calling all emerging artists and creatives! Join The Business of Arts Networking Series, a quarterly virtual program providing professional development, networking, and performance opportunities for Baltimore City aspiring artists.

The first round of programming takes places on Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 292021 and focuses on The Art of Branding and Marketing Yourself Successfully, with sessions hosted by Baltimore artists Shae LiJazmin Washington and Abdu Ali.

Learn more and register for January’s programming at www.promotionandarts.org. The Business of Arts Networking Series is sponsored in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Bank of America.



Get a peek inside artists’ studios, enjoy performances, and listen to panel discussions during virtual Baltimore Open Studio Tour this Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the event takes place on BOPA’s Facebook page at @promoandarts and YouTube page BOPAInc. Twelve artists and galleries are featured in Baltimore Open Studio Tour with video tours of studios, Lunch Live Artist Conversations, and the virtual exhibition “B2020.”  Baltimore Open Studio Tour is part of Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council.  For information, visit www.promotionandarts.org.

BOPA appoints CEO from within to succeed Bill Gilmore

Newly appointed BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer (in white, at center), joined by Mayor Catherine Pugh and BOPA staff. Photo by Mark Dennis, courtesy of BOPA.

After 6 months without a CEO of the nonprofit that serves as the city’s official arts council, Mayor Catherine Pugh today announced Donna Drew Sawyer as the new head of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Free Fall Baltimore Begins October 1

“The Movement,” featuring Baltimore Improv Group and The Collective

Ever hesitate to try new theaters, music or arts events because you’re nervous about spending the money? Starting Oct. 1, Baltimore City offers a month of free activities in all categories of the arts.

City’s Plan to Potentially Repurpose Confederate Statue Bases Leaves Artists Wary

Pablo Machioli’s “Madre Luz” sculpture knocked down on Aug. 17. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Seeing his “Madre Luz” sculpture in shambles last month was difficult for artist Pablo Machioli. The day after Mayor Catherine Pugh had Baltimore’s controversial Confederate monuments removed, activists placed his work depicting a pregnant black woman, child on her back and fist raised, atop the empty base in the Wyman Park Dell that had held statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

City Seeks Ideas for Public Art to Place Atop Confederate Statues’ Empty Bases

The vandalized base of the Lee-Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell. City work crews later scrubbed all the graffiti away.

Now that Baltimore has ripped out its controversial Confederate monuments, the city is soliciting ideas from the public for what should replace each statue on its vacant base.

Baltimore Rock Opera Society to Link Up with Arena Players for Pair of Short Plays in 2018

Still via BROS/YouTube

With a bit of financial backing from the city, Baltimore’s DIY rock opera collective is linking up with Baltimore’s Arena Players for a two-part production in early 2018.

Jurors for Installations, 12 ‘Neighborhood Lights’ Spots Announced for Light City 2018

“Light Happenings Part II,” by Labbodies. Photo by Stephen Babcock.

Believe it or not, nearly four months have already passed since the second annual Light City Festival, and the wheels are already in motion for the third rendition next spring.

Artscape ’17 Musical Performers: ‘Queen of Percussion’ Sheila E., Gogol Bordello, Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Gogol Bordello in Madrid. Photo by Carlos Delgado, via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore’s ambitiously huge, free arts festival returns next month with an eclectic array of performers in the musical lineup, including a renowned family soul band, a legendary Latin percussionist and a wild and well-loved gypsy punk group.