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This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch plus a few ways to get involved locally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

For more information and resources for artists during coronavirus quarantine, please see our previous post: Actionable Items: Arts-Related Resources in the Age of COVID-19


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BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

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Made@Dent PPE | Call for Volunteers

Dent Education is engaging its students to safely create face shields at home and get paid $1 per face shield that is sold! Dent is currently seeking volunteers to help with driving, supply kit assembly, and quality control. If you’re interested in getting involved, please fill out an interest form here!

Thank you so much for your interest and willingness to help with our Made@Dent program engaging students to build personal protective equipment (PPE) at home to support frontline workers and earn $1 for every face shield they create! As we scale toward our goal of building 10,000 Face Shields by May 6th, we look forward to having you get involved with our team!

Read more about our Made@Dent: PPE Effort here

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions.



Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival | Call for Entry
Deadline: June 29

Your favorite film festival is back in Baltimore, Maryland on Labor Day weekend! Save the date: September 4-6th, 2020.

Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival will host various programs on the Black Femme in various perspectives. This year’s theme is LEGACY.

We want stories that show the Black Femme as a universal archetype. We want more Black Femme protagonists – so whatever “legacy” means to you, we would love to see your work. Submit your narrative shorts and features, documentary shorts and features, experimental films, music videos, and web series!

*Preference given to directors who are able to come and do a Q+A after the screening in Baltimore, Maryland.*

Pitch Contest Prize! Want to learn more? Hit us up: [email protected]



Baltimore Window Gallery | Call for Window Art
via Creative Alliance

A Call for Window Art!

Creative Alliance is in the beginning stages of creating a Baltimore-wide art project to help bring some joy, encourage creativity, and stimulate the minds of those staying safely indoors. We hope to encourage interaction, collaboration within neighborhoods, and a way to connect with each other. We’re seeking inspired artists and creative people to help us kick-off our window galleries while we work out the details. Let us know if you’d like to participate in The Baltimore Window Gallery by emailing [email protected]!

For the time being, the doors to museums and galleries all over Baltimore and the world are closed. While we can visit them online for inspiration, why don’t we create our own galleries at home? Let’s create artwork inside to exhibit outside!

Need ideas? Here are some suggestions for window galleries you might create:
‘Thank You’ window for the first responders, essential personal, doctors, nurses, hospital and delivery workers who might walk past your window
A visual puzzle for the community to solve together
Window garden
Tissue paper stained glass
Your favorite Baltimore landmark

Here’s a Pinterest Board for inspiration but creativity is limitless! We look forward to your ideas, concepts, and self-expression. Have theme ideas? Send them our way!

If you would like to help us launch the Baltimore Windows Gallery, send a picture of your window to [email protected] with your address.

Ready to share your creation?
Post it on social media with the hashtag #bmorewindowgallery and tag Creative Alliance!
Facebook: Creative Alliance | Instagram: @CreativeAllianceBaltimore | Twitter: CreativAlliance
View some created windows of the #baltimorewindowgallery on Instagram!



Call for VisArts Studio Fellowship 2020-2021
Deadline: Wednesday, April 29
via VisArts Rockville

VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six month Studio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500.00 per month stipend. The Studio Fellowship offers the gift of time and space to two artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The VisArts Studio Fellows will present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships.

Admission to the VisArts Studio Fellowship is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of artists and art professionals. Panelists include painters, sculptors, film and video artists, photographers, installation artists, inter-disciplinary artists, and independent curators. The admission panel is rotated regularly.



NextGen 7.0 | Call for Entry
Deadline: May 20
via VisArts Rockville

VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 7.0. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this iteration of Next Gen will be held in an online gallery from June 10 – August 9, 2020. This will present a unique opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience to exhibit their work in a professional online gallery.

*Keep in mind, with this being an online exhibition your work will be fully represented through images or video. The digital material you submit is what will be used for the show if you are accepted, so make sure your image/video quality is top notch!



Images of Perseverance | Online Exhibition
@ Galleries at CCBC

Images of Perseverance was inspired by two things: the televised address by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II and a Facebook comment; “Wasn’t it amazing to see a thoughtful, carefully worded speech?”

​It was amazing. It was uplifting. It was comforting. And it was realistic.

​It was exactly what needed to be said, and even though it came from the leader of another country, it is applicable for us in America.

​Things are difficult and they are going to continue to be difficult. What it will take is time and perseverance to overcome. COVID-19 and the restrictions in place to contain it are having a major impact on our lives and livelihoods. Many are saying society may never be the same. It may not. We won’t know until we get on the other side of this outbreak.

​We’re from a culture that does things. We handle situations by taking action. It is ingrained in the American spirit. The hardest thing for us to do is to wait, to keep still, so that others can do their jobs to help those in need.

​I have been lucky. Most of my immediate family is able to telework. I have extended family, friends, and neighbors who are essential workers, who go out there every day. I worry about each of them, hope that they are well, and stay safe.

​I try to take solace in that I am doing my part. Keeping at least 6 feet away from anyone outside my household. Staying home except for essential needs. Wearing PPE when I do have to leave the house or neighborhood for those essential trips.

​The photographers in this exhibition have been documenting what they are doing and seeing as they do the same- go about their daily lives and take precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Each has their own unique perspective and vision. Some focus on the things we take for granted; others have shared images of neighbors, friends, and family as they navigate the day-to-day. To borrow a phrase from one of the photographers (Jessica Leigh Deleon), images of the “the good and bad, the unique and the mundane.”

​It is a documentary of an unprecedented time.

​The new images from each of the photographers in this exhibition will be posted by every Monday evening from now until May 11th.

As a part of the programming, the Galleries at CCBC are encouraging the community to share their Covid-19 experiences by posting images with the #perseverepics on Instagram. Every week, the gallery staff will review the images under this hashtag, and one will be featured here on the exhibition website.

​#perseverepics will continue until social distancing restrictions have been completely lifted.

​I encourage you to share images of your experiences in #perseverepics. Follow the hashtag to see how we all are persevering, staying connected in isolation, and expressing solidarity.

​- Nicole Buckingham Kern, curator



[Webinar] 2020 AIA Baltimore & BAF Spring Lecture Series 2: Unfolding
Wednesday, April 29 • 6 p.m.
Presented by AIA Baltimore + Baltimore Architectural Foundation

The 2020 AIA Baltimore & BAF Spring Lecture Series will explore unbuilt architecture and design work. Speakers will showcase and discuss their unbuilt, speculative, and/or dismantled work, including competitions, explorations, and research. The series will explore why projects go unrealized and create a dialogue about what could have been, what is, and what can be.

Lecture 2: Unfolding

Carla Swickerath, Studio Libeskind
Seema D. Iyer, PhD, University of Baltimore

Between concept design and project realization, there is a multitude of unknowable factors that impact the outcome building projects. The architect’s role in navigating the interests of various stakeholders is to compromise, while staying true to the greater vision for the project. The architect must also consider site context and the needs of the community to achieve just and equitable outcomes.

Carla Swickerath of Studio Libeskind will explore the currents that impact architecture through the lens of four seminal projects: the rebuilding of the World Trade Center post 9/11; the 1996 extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; a new museum for the Kurds in Iraq; and the iconic sky garden tower, One Madison, in the heart of Manhattan.

Seema Iyer of University of Baltimore will discuss Baltimore’s Vital Signs—the data gathered by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicator’s Alliance that reveal key indicators that stand as major barriers to truly achieving a more just and equitable city. Importantly, community-based indicators can expose the magnitude of issues that neighborhoods face in order to help communities set clear and measurable goals towards removing barriers and improving quality of life.

This lecture will reveal why projects go unbuilt by reflecting upon lessons learned and examining data gathered through urban research, and how these factors inform future built work.



CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM / feat. Mystery of Chessboxing
Thursday, April 30 • 9pm
Presented by Shaolin Jazz

The CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) craze continues on next week with a film that was further popularized by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Join us on Thursday, April 30th as we’ll be presenting a screening of The Mystery of Chessboxing.

At each CAN I KICK IT? event cult-classic martial arts film are screened with a unique, scene-by-scene score of hip hop, soul, funk, and more mixed LIVE on turntables by DJ 2-Tone Jones. CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) will bring this unique movie watching experience to your home and beyond.

Go to on April 30th for the live stream link (which will go up at 8:45 p.m.). The film will kick off at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST.



Baltimore’s Remarkable Infrastructure Gas Lamps to Clean Water (Tom Liebel)
Friday, May 1 • 1-1:30 p.m.
Presented by Baltimore Architectural Foundation + Baltimore Heritage

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Next up is Tom Liebel, FAIA with a presentation on the story of Baltimore’s remarkable infrastructure.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support the BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

Did you know that Baltimore became the first city in the United States to install gas street lamps? Or that Baltimore’s drinking water is some of the best in the country?

Based on his international best-selling mega-hit book Industrial Baltimore, Tom Liebel will present an overview of Baltimore’s remarkable legacy of progressive public infrastructure. From street lights to clean water, Baltimore has led the way with a proud legacy of public infrastructure.


Social Isolation Self-Care: A Community Gathering, hosted by Nicoletta de la Brown
Friday, May 1 • 2-3 p.m. | Ongoing, Fridays through May 8
Presented by Maryland State Arts Council

This gathering is workshop style. The community is invited to discover new strategies for self-care during social isolation. As a group we will discuss, brainstorm, and develop modes for self-compassion and personal wellbeing. This gathering will allow us to feel connected with others during this time when we are all experiencing so much alone. We look forward to connecting with all of you, sharing new self-care rituals, and supporting you as you build your own personal self-care toolkit.



VIRTUAL Voces Latinas
Friday, May 1 • 6 p.m.

Acompáñanos a celebrar las voces latinas con escritoras y poetas latinas de Baltimore y DC.

Parte del “Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk,” únete a nosotros en la Yellow Arrow House a escuchar lecturas de las siguientes mujeres talentosas. Presentadas por Barbara Perez Marquez, una de nuestras “writers-in-residence” de 2020.

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 776 929 744

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and is a VONA Voices Alumna, having worked with award winning poets Willie Perdomo and Danez Smith. Tatiana currently performs, teaches poetry workshops, and hosts events in the greater Washington DC area, having previously done so in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic at venues including New York University, The Kennedy Center, and The Howard Theatre. You can read her work in The Acentos Review, Here Comes Everyone, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse, among other publications. She is the author of Coconut Curls y Café con Leche.

Taína is a Baltimore-based, American-born, Puerto Rican writer, on a journey to re-discovering her Taíno roots. She writes across genres including creative non-fiction essays, short stories, and plays with strong Feminist themes. She is currently penning her first novel in a Science Fiction trilogy about fairies. She credits her success to the endless cheerleading of her husband, Greg, and her two incredible children, Seth and Grace Ana. For more visit

Gabriela Orozco

Barbara Perez Marquez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. She writes short stories and fiction, usually using coming of age and LGBTQ themes in her work. During her career, she has also been an editor for several publications and projects. Her work was first featured in a student collection in the 7th grade, the same year she decided she wanted to be a writer. Since then, she’s been featured in Manhattanville College’s Graffiti  and Tinta Extinta. Her latest work, The Cardboard Kingdom, is a graphic novel about a neighborhood of kids having a summer adventure and is out now from Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books. Book two, The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast, is due out in 2021. Barbara lives in Baltimore, MD with her fiance and their dog, Eliot.



Monsieur Zohore Performance: MZ.12 (How Taxing)
Friday, May 1st at 4:00 PM EST on zoom

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The Deconstruction – An online creative gathering rethinking objects and ideas
Friday, May 1–Sunday, May 3

Register by Wednesday, April 29

The Deconstruction is a global creative collaboration event held online (and in real life) for artists, makers, creators, students, parents, and everyone else!

This is a great opportunity to make something cool and explore creativity together across our distances.

The Deconstruction is free and open to anyone, anywhere.

This year’s theme is about rethinking the spaces between us and “Deconstructing Distance.” During a 48-hour window you re-imagine the topic and create something completely new with resources you already have on hand.

It can be a game, a piece of art, an invention, a song, a solution, a poem, a pizza. Really just about anything goes! It can be fun, it can be serious, it can be both.

For this event, we encourage you to create and collaborate with people in other places. Think family members in another state, childhood friends from home, or even someone you don’t know… yet (we will introduce you). You can also participate on your own.

Just come up with an idea and give it a go. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, even better! That’s how you do Deconstruction.



Virtual Artist Talk Series | Damon Arhos
Saturday, May 2 • 3 p.m.
Presented by Catalyst Contemporary

Join us in conversation with our newly represented artists, Damon Arhos, Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m. Just open your Instagram app and go to our profile. When there, click our profile picture to join. Feel free to ask questions and connect.


Landscape Photography at Home Master Class w/ E. Brady Robinson
Tuesdays + Thursdays • 6-7:30 | Ongoing through June 11
Presented by Creative Alliance

This class will be held on the Zoom video chat platform. To download click here.

Join a six-week intensive master class focused on how to photograph the landscape, natural world, and social landscape (from a safe distance).

Maintain a lighting journal on Instagram, shoot weekly assignments, participate in weekly reviews and group critiques, and create a personal portfolio of work! Explore landscape photography in a wide range of locations while still sheltering in place! You can do this by creating constructed landscapes and making photographs inside your home, going on photo walks in your neighborhood, and examining the natural world right outside in the backyard or local park. Use the camera of your choice (iPhones/cell phones, Digital SLR, or other small format cameras). Students will need access to good WiFi and ZOOM download on their phone/laptop. (Zoom is free!)

Brady Robinson is a photographer based in Baltimore, MD. She divides her time between personal art projects and commissioned work. Robinson is the founder of Bmoreculinary. Her fine art work is represented by Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC. Robinson is an Affiliate Instructor of Photography at Loyola University. She leads photography workshops throughout the United States and gives seminars on publishing photo books, fundraising for art projects and branding/social media strategies for artists. Robinson has lectured at FotoWeekDC, SNAP! Orlando, Ringling College of Art and International Center for Photography School in NYC among others. Baltimore is her art home. Robinson received her BFA in photography from her Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and her MFA in photography from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.TUE & THU from MAY 5- JUN 11 | 6-7:30pm each night | $100, $90 MEMBERS (+$5 Service Fee)


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