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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.

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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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Call for Artists | #ArtOfBaltimore
Sponsored by Downtown Partnerships of Baltimore

#ArtOfBaltimore is a digital campaign launched by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), in partnership with Maryland Art Place, and Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, that will feature digital versions of works by local artists, in any original medium, on DPOB’s large format advertising channels. This includes the 13 Interactive Kiosks (IKEs) throughout Downtown Baltimore and DPOB’s large format billboard at Penn Station. This campaign also includes complementary promotion of artists and usage of their works on DPOB social media channels.

The aim of the campaign is to increase public visibility and promote the works of local, Baltimore artists with an uplifting and positive message. This creative campaign comes in response to the often heavy content and news that is frequently being shared in light of COVID-19. DPOB wants to utilize its advertising channels to share something different, something beautiful, something to put a smile on more faces.

Campaign is ideally set to begin Monday, April 6, and will run for 10+ weeks, with two artists featured on all aforementioned large-format and social media channels every 14 days.


#ArtOfBaltimore will be curated by Lauren Hamilton (V.P. of Marketing) and Nicole Rohrer (Junior Manager of Marketing) of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Amy Cavanaugh (Executive Director) of Maryland Art Place, Emily Breiter (Executive Director) of Bromo Arts and Entertainment District, and Corey Favor (Director of Community Engagement) of Orange Barrel Media.


Selected artists will a receive $250 licensing fee per unique artwork featured on the IKE kiosks, as well as promotion on all usages of artworks. Name, artwork name, website and/or social media handles will be included. In large format applications, this information will be included in a box on digital rendering of work, and on social media, the information will be included in the caption. Artists will be tagged and their websites linked wherever possible.



Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Program
Sponsored by the Rauschenberg Foundation + NYFA

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants. This marks the first phase of a program that will be in the tradition of Change, Inc., a non-profit foundation established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need.

Beginning in late May/early June 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and panels will meet monthly to ensure funds are distributed on a timely basis.

“We are delighted to be partnering with NYFA to launch this program which directly reflects Bob’s own concern for the well-being of fellow creative practitioners. Bob was both responsive and generous in his own giving, and we aim to follow those values in developing the Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives.” said Kathy Halbreich, Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and do not need insurance to apply. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel and assessed using the following two criteria: demonstrated need and impact of funds to allow the recipient to continue working. There is no deadline to apply, as applications will be accepted and reviewed by a panel on a monthly basis.

“For many artists, healthcare expenses take a back seat to other pressing needs like food, shelter, studio or practice space, and art supplies,” said Michael L. Royce, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts. “As such, we are excited to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to help ease some of the financial burdens that artists face following a medical emergency and help them to get back to work.”

This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Find out about additional awards and grants here. Sign up for free bi-weekly newsletter NYFA News to receive announcements about future NYFA events and programs.




Slay the Dragon | Virtual Theater
via SNF Parkway + Magnolia Pictures

Are you missing your local movie theater? So are we! That’s why Magnolia Pictures is thrilled to team up with YOU to support your favorite theater. You can help them out while watching our new releases from the safety of your home. When you buy a ticket for Slay the Dragon here on your theater’s unique webpage, 50% of the net proceeds will go directly to the theater.

You can watch the film using the link provided on your receipt. Alternatively, once your transaction goes through you can click “Watch Film” on the confirmation page that pops up. That will direct you back to our lobby page—just find your theater to start watching.

Please note: this film is compatible with desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast, and AirPlay. If you wish to watch on another device, check before you purchase. There are no native apps for smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV.

Thank you for your continued support of independent films and the theaters that are dedicated to presenting them on the big screen. We can’t wait for them to be back up and running. In the meantime, please stay safe and we hope you enjoy the movie.


Directed with the full force of an investigation by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, Slay the Dragon shows how gerrymandering has become an immensely powerful weapon of partisan advantage, creating an unresponsive and unaccountable government. But ahead of the 2020 elections and a new round of redistricting, voters are fighting back. With exclusive access to influential, citizen-led activist groups, as well as the legal team that brought the most important voting rights case in a generation to the Supreme Court, Slay the Dragon chronicles the civic grit that is turning the tide in the battle for the legitimacy of U.S. democracy.



Maryland State Arts Council Creative Conversations
Ongoing through April 16

Creative Conversations are discipline-specific virtual gatherings to give updates, hold the space for peer-to-peer sharing, encourage updated recommendations for action by the Maryland State Arts Council, and envision the resurgence of arts activities while dealing with the state of emergency COVID-19.

No registration is required.

Creative Conversations: Dance
April 7, 3–4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 611 421 4132

Creative Conversations: Public Art
April 7, 4–5 p.m.
Led by MSAC Public Art Program Director, Liesel Fenner
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID:  611 455 131

Creative Conversations: Folklife
April 8, 3–4 p.m.
Led by State Folklorist, Chad Buterbaugh
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 511 575 535

Creative Conversations: Media Arts/Film
April 8, 4–5 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Director, Emily Sollenberger
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 987 337 942

Creative Conversation: Arts in Education
April 9, 3–4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts in Education Program Director and Accessibility Coordinator, Precious Blake
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 627 797 118

Creative Conversations: Music
April 9, 4–5 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Director, Laura Weiss
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 807 424 092

Creative Conversations: Visual Art
April 14, 3–4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Director, Emily Sollenberger
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 816 888 131

Creative Conversations: Multi-Discipline
April 14, 4–5 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Director, Emily Sollenberger
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 265 274 474

Creative Conversations: Presenters
April 15,  3–4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Directors, Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 567 722 245

Creative Conversations: Independent Artists
April 15, 4–5 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Director, Emily Sollenberger
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 183 392 227

Creative Conversations: Touring Artists
April 16,  3–4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts Services Program Directors, Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 811 732 026

Creative Conversations: Accessibility
April 16,  4–5 p.m.
Led by MSAC Arts in Education Program Director and Accessibility Coordinator, Precious Blake
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 822 469 712

The Maryland State Arts Council is accessible to all patrons. Guests with accessibility questions or who require additional assistance may call 410-767-6476 or email [email protected].



Tracey Halvorsen: To Hell’s Canyon and Back | Virtual Artist Talk
Wednesday, April 8 • 6–8pm

Tracey Halvorsen received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art (1993) (where she graduated with the school’s top prize, the Agnes Gund Travelling Scholarship), and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (1998). To Hell’s Canyon and Back, Tracey Halvorsen’s first gallery exhibition since 2000, chronicles the physical and emotional journey of loss, rejection, introspection, self-discovery and eventual revival experienced over two years that she describes as “the explosion of everything seemingly stable and defining in my life at the time.” ​The places, objects and abstractions are all facilitators of the same journey, the same search. Mirroring an evolving internal journey to let go of the pull of illusion in life, her paintings refuse to allow only what is “seen and named” to dictate experience. As such, her work continues to move away from what “should be painted,” towards an exploration of what “must be painted.”

Due to increased risk of COVID-19, the Artist Talk will be held via Zoom link. Click link above to find the page on the site with the link.

The link above will have an active link for Zoom on the day of the event.

See the show from the comfort of your home, hear about Tracey’s work and her process, and ask her questions.



Art of Comedy Open Mic **Instagram Live**
Wednesday, April 8 • 8 p.m. 

We’re going live! Baltimore’s hottest open mic night will be featured on Motor House’s Instagram Live every Wednesday until we can go back outside. Tag us @motorhousebaltimore by 8 p.m. to try out 5 minutes of your material in the most welcoming “room” in the city. 18+ For Explicit Content, Strong Language

The Nicholson Project Dialogues: SHIFT
Thursday, April 9 • 5–6 p.m.

The Nicholson Project hosts the first in a series of online conversations with artists in the DMV. While we are in this moment of sequestering, how are artists making or experiencing new routines? Artists are discussing ideas around interiority versus self-care. What is essential in how we engage in tending to our creative spaces?

Sometimes simply “making work” is privileged as a way to get through an art-making dilemma–muscling through may not be the solution. In our present situation, many of us are trying to make sense of “making” during a crisis. Do ideas of productivity shift?

A link will be provided for the digital event the day before the event.


Artists Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud developed | ‘sindikit | as an extension of their practices and as a collaborative art project. They understand the economies of space and the politics of opportunity; both can be used, given, manipulated, shared, bogarted, and democratized to uplift, undermine, engage, estrange, and support communities and ideas.

Zoë and Tim organize and curate artist projects and exhibitions, conduct studio visits, give joint artist talks, moderate panels, and develop programming as a team. They also work collaboratively teaching, curriculum building, and collecting art. This shared endeavor and the experiences that arise make their collaboration meaningful.

Their interest in the intersections of art, community, and education makes it crucial for them to work both in and outside of University systems. The pursuit of ‘sindikit is to foster community conversations among culture activators, local, national, and international artists, and arts allies that have a stake in discussing socio-political and cultural issues. It is a platform that allows Zoë and Tim and invited ‘sindikit artists to respond immediately to what is happening in their (collective) studios and in the world. These responses are aesthetic, culturally relevant, and often topical. The social capital of ‘sindikit is collaboration and cooperation, and trust, and generosity between artists.

Community Mindfulness and Creativity Zoom Workshops!
Saturday, April 11 • 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Ongoing Saturdays through May 2

Join Mindfulness teacher Phillip McKnight in an exploration of mindfulness and creativity! Learn the basics of mindfulness, start a weekly meditation practice, and explore mindful creativity from the comfort of your own home.

To accommodate social distancing regulations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these FREE workshops will be offered over Zoom. Links to join the workshop will be sent prior to each session, with no limit on how many may join!

Make sure you download Zoom ahead of time—it’s free! [LINK to Zoom]



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