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What’s Really Making Us Sick

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 and nationally. 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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2021 Creative Baltimore Fund | Call for Entry

deadline extended to June 1
via BOPA

Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announce that the application deadline for the 2021 Creative Baltimore Fund has been extended. The new deadline for applications is Monday, June 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST. The competitive grant program supports the general operating expenses of eligible Baltimore City based cultural arts and humanities organizations including one-time projects, exhibitions, performances, workshops and other activities taking place in 2021. The fund distributes grants totaling more than $200,000 to non-profit cultural organizations, based on competitive applications. The applications are available at

The Creative Baltimore Fund grant program offers two primary types of grants: The General Operating Support (GOS) Grant, awarded to established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant; and the Individual Artist Project Support (PS) Grant, awarded to arts or cultural programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

The Creative Baltimore Fund provides up to three percent of an organization’s allowable cash budget. Funding considerations for organizations with operating budgets of less than $100,000 will be made outside of the three percent maximum. Mayor Jack Young and the City Council of Baltimore are committed to nurturing and supporting a vibrant, creative community that inspires individuals, celebrates our culture, and showcases the arts. As the Arts Council of Baltimore City, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, administers the Creative Baltimore Fund, an annual grant determined by Baltimore City.



Digital Artist Portfolio Development | Request for Submissions

deadline June 12
via Motor House

Motor House is proud to announce its Digital Artist Portfolio Development (DAP) Program, a professional development accelerator that will provide three artists of any disciplines (visual and performing artists) time, space, and resources to produce a digital/virtual portfolio during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

Motor House is dedicated to the development and support of emerging artists who create bold and experimental work. With this in mind, Motor House will provide the following:

Paid Performance/Visual Art Commission within Motor House ($200 per artist)

Collaborative work created with all DAP artists ($200 per artist)

High Quality Video of Performance

Headshot/Performance Photographs or artwork photographs

Networking Opportunity with industry professionals

Professional Press Kit

All programming will be completed by July 31, 2020.

Artists have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Motor House seeks to provide both financial opportunities as well as professional development for artists despite physical closures. Performances/art works will be streamed online and featured on the Motor House website.

An information session will be conducted virtually for artists interested in applying on June 3, 2020 at 6pm. Register here for the info session.
Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline is June 12, 2020 (10pm). Artists will hear back by June 26, 2020. Please submit applications here. Submissions will be reviewed by Motor House staff.

Artists must live in the Baltimore area.

Artists must submit at least three (3) work samples via links or jpeg/png images with a 2-3 sentence description of the work. This should not exceed 15 minutes of content.

Submission must include the following: Artist Name, Contact Information (email, phone number, mailing address), social media handles (if you have social media), and Artist Bio (including your practice, your artistic background, and personal mission statement. 500 word maximum).



A Thousand Words, Vol. 3 | Call for Submissions

deadline June 13
sponsored by CCBC Essex

For A Thousand Words, Vol. 3, the Gallery at CCBC Essex is featuring regional visual artists to inspire local writers to create new work. Each artist invited to participate in the gallery exhibit incorporates  words into their artwork, exploring text as a  means of commentary and communication, as well as a visual  art form.
During the exhibition, we will be collecting submissions of poetry or prose of a thousand words or less that were inspired by the artwork in the show. A jury will then choose the best pieces to be featured in a digital literary magazine.

We’ll celebrate the works with a Reading Night held in the gallery. All are welcome to create and apply for the magazine, including students, employees, and members of the community. Please feel free to start getting inspired by looking at this online version of the exhibition.  The writings will be due by June 13th.



African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP)

deadline July 1
sponsored by The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) + Maryland Historical Trust

MHT and MCAAHC are currently assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on grantees and applicants, including identifying potential changes to grant or application submission requirements. Future announcements will be posted on this page. Program staff are currently on telework and are best reached by e-mail at the address found on this page under the heading “Application Process.” Please contact staff if you have any questions about your grant project or application.

The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) was established by the General Assembly in 2010 to provide capital grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.  The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust and the  Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) .

Application Process

Applications are now being accepted for capital (construction-related) projects related to African American heritage in Maryland under the African American Heritage Preservation Program. The deadline is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The application must be submitted through our online grant application portal.

Click here to go to the main Grants page to start a new application or access your account.



Color | Call for Submissions

deadline July 5
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

The way I have always looked at it is the world is in color. And there’s nothing we can do about that.” – William Eggleston

When practicing analog or digital photography, one of the first and primary aesthetic decisions a photographer must make is whether to produce images in monochromatic black & white or color. The photographer must ask him/herself the fundamental question – Would the subject matter, theme, lighting, and concept of the photograph be better served in black and white or color? Perhaps, Mr. Eggleston is on to something – because the world is in color, it only makes sense to photograph the world the way it is – in color.

Our juror for Color is Richard McCabe. Richard McCabe was born in Mildenhall, England, and grew up in the American South. He received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998. Mr. McCabe is the Curator of Photographyat the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana.

35-40 selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month.

Submissions Now Open

Submissions Close 7/5/20

Exhibition Opens 9/5/20



The Be Here: Baltimore storytelling program | Call for Submissions

presented by The Peale

The Be Here: Baltimore storytelling program is a new way to discover the people and places of the city. To date, we have shared more than 1,500 stories online, at the Peale Center, and in Baltimore’s communities. Hear stories from around Baltimore and record your own on the Peale’s website or using the Free Be Here Stories App for iOS.

“I loved Baltimore from the very beginning. So one of the things that I love about Baltimore is the people. Charm City is what we’ve been called back in the day and it’s charming. I’m a product of the ’70s, and Schaefer was mayor when I was growing up in Baltimore . . .”
–Sheila Gaskins, storyteller, community activist and comedian, recorded at the Peale’s March 16, 2019 event, “From Building to Bridge: Redefining the Peale as a Center for Baltimore Stories.”

Hear more from Sheila Gaskins and her daughter, Nekia Hampton, in their May 16, 2020 webinar on So, What Do We Do Now? – living life under lockdown with humor.



The Say You’re Sorry Workbook

available online
created by Call Your Mom



Virtual Maryland Arts Summit 2020

Tuesday, May 26 | Ongoing through May 29
hosted by Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland Arts Summit is the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.

The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:

Arts Advocates
Arts Educators & Teaching Artists
Independent Artists
Arts Organizations
Community Stakeholders



Black Women as/and the Living Archive

Wednesday, May 27 • 12pm | Ongoing through June 13
hosted by Washington Project for the Arts

Curated by Tsedaye Makonnen

DC-based interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen presents “Black Women as/and the Living Archive,” a multi-part project aimed at initiating a conversation about the modes in which Black women encode, preserve, and share memory through community. Central to Makonnen’s inquiry is Children of NAN: Mothership, a recent film by Alisha Wormsley that functions as a metaphor for the survival and power of Black women in a dystopic future.

Over the course of six weeks, Makonnen will bring together Wormsley and many of the cast and collaborators of Children of NAN: Mothership for a film screening, a reading, two performances, and a discussion. The participants include artists Li Harris, Autumn Knight, and Jasmine Hearn. Additionally, Ola Ronke, creator of The Free Black Women’s Library, contributes an annotated bibliography of five books, inspired by Wormsley’s film.

Black Women as/and the Living Archive programs are organized around four themes: Space, Moving Image, Memory; Collective Memory; Pleasure Memory; and Mama Memory [& Care]. The afterlife of the project will exist as a publication that will serve as a repository for the conversations and intimate interactions between participants and the audience.

“Time is not linear, it stacks. Where we are right now…this isn’t a fold, it’s a glitch.”

– Children of NAN: Mothership




A Pre-Screening Happy Hour w/ Alisha Wormsley & Li Harris
Instagram Live Event
Friday, May 1 at 5:01–6 pm
A Double Feature Screening of Alisha Wormsley’s film

Children of NAN: Mothership and Li Harris’s film Cry of the Third Eye: The Last Resort
Virtual Event, RSVP Here
Saturday, May 2 at 6–8 pm


A Reading by Ola Ronke, from N.K. Jemisin’s book How Long Til’ Black Futures Month
Instagram Event
Wednesday, May 27 beginning at 12 pm

A Newly Commissioned Performance by Autumn Knight inspired by Alisha Wormsley’s film Children on NAN: Mothership
Virtual Event, RSVP Here
Thursday, May 28 at 8:30-9:15 pm


A Performance using Embodied Sound, Storytelling, and Dance by Jasmine Hearn
Virtual Event, RSVP Here
Saturday, June 6 at 5-6:30 pm


An Informal Discussion with all Participants and Special Guests
Virtual Event, RSVP Here
June 13 at 6-8 pm



Virtual Sip & Shine: Beaded Tree

Thursday, May 28 • 6:30-8pm
hosted by American Visionary Art Museum

Join us for a virtual, hands-on, art making experience with the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). We’ve gathered supplies from the AVAM treasure trove and packaged them “to-go.” All you need is an internet connection, and a drink! AVAM facilitators will lead the workshop over Zoom and provide help and inspiration along the way for the group. Let’s make something together!

Things you need to know

By registering for this program, you’ll need to come by the museum Saturday, May 23, between 10am-12pm to pick up your supplies.

This is a messy project! Be sure to protect your work surface with paper & be ready to wash your hands.

Space is limited. AVAM members receive $5 off. We will verify your membership in the AVAM database, contact us if you are unsure of your membership status: [email protected].

You will be emailed a link to the Zoom room few days before the event.



Zoom Artist Talk with Participating Object Permanence artists Sarah Rose Lejeune and Jess Tolbert

Friday, May 29 • 5pm
hosted by Baltimore Jewelry Center

Jess Tolbert (pictured left) lives in El Paso, Texas where she is Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry + Metals program at the University of Texas, El Paso. She received her Bachelors degree from Texas State University San Marcos and her Masters degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both with a focus on Metal and Jewelry. Jess actively exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Her research and studio practice explores and reconsiders the commonplace objects of everyday life and mass production, creating an intimate link to our relationship with labor and the built environment.

Sarah Rose Lejeune (pictured right) is a papermaker, weaver, sculptor from Massachusetts. She graduated with High Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College. She has been fairly itinerant since then, following various opportunities at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, The Dirt Palace in Providence, RI, Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, NY, and more…. She is currently the Books and Paper Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft in Western North Carolina.

Email us at for the Zoom link (don’t forget to mention Object Permanence in the subject!)




Saturday, May 30 • 6:30pm
hosted by Baltimore Center Stage

Put on that fabulous outfit hiding in your closet, grab your laptop, and join us for a night of interactive theatrical adventures!

We may not be in the theater, but you can still show off your creative cocktail attire on our virtual red carpet, place your bid in our silent auction, enjoy live appearances from special guests, put in a request at our piano bar, or join in on an interactive game. And of course, we will end the night with a fabulous dance party. It may be virtual, but IMPROVISE 2020 will still be the best party of the year!


·         Make a donation in any  amount to enjoy the interactive adventures prior to the dance party live-stream

·        All are welcome to tune into the late-night dance party feed to enjoy live entertainment, bid on auction items, purchase raffle tickets, and celebrate with our Center Stage Community!

·         Join us for the full evening of festivities ($500 donation)

·         Become a Sponsor and host 10 of your friends for the full evening ($6,000 donation)

To donate click the link below and choose “Gala” in the “Select Fund”dropdown.




FOMO: Flossy Open Mic Online

Saturday, May 30 • 8pm
hosted by Artpartheid

)))))))))))) FOMO IS BACK: Flossy Open Mic Online ((((((((((((((

Link will be posted here in the fb event 2 hours before the show!
Zoom link will also be emailed, please rsvp on Eventbrite:
Every Saturday night in May there will be a Flossy!

Artpartheid presents:
Flossy Open Mic Online
FOMO is back!
******Saturday May 9 at 8PM******
>Followed by performances every Saturday in May!!<

***************Saturday Night Stars******************
MCing by Comedian Howard G!

Abu the Flutemaker- playing unique instruments hand-crafted himself!

Elizabeth Norman- stand-up comedy!

Kenneth Clemons- talking about his artwork!

Liz Clayton Scofield- performance art and video experiment!

Abby Sea- talking and singing!

and MORE!

If you are interested in performing on one of the other nights

(or getting involved somehow), please fill out this FORM.


Artpartheid was breathed into existence in February of 2015, in a packed room with hundreds of people at 2640 Space, organized by a collective of artists who were determined to make the Baltimore arts scene less segregated. After a heated discussion about what equity in the arts community should look like, it was determined that our work was far from over. In the past years, Artpartheid’s role has evolved based on what’s needed in the community and the capacity of the collective. In the past, we’ve facilitated public discussions around current events that center racial equity in local arts culture, published a zine of emerging Black and Brown artists, created a Facebook Group with 1,650 members to share creative opportunities, and a Facebook Page to host events, gained Fiscal Sponsorship through Fusion Partnerships, won a Maryland Humanities grant in 2018 to host a series of conversations around the Civil War Monuments, raised funds for peer artist groups to support various projects that align with Artpartheid’s mission, and organized a panel about arts funding post-uprising at the 2019 MSAC Summit. Moving forward, we are organizing an event to offer more support in resource sharing on the social network level to balance the work arts non-profits are currently doing.



Transformer’s Collector’s View 2020 Reimagined

Monday, June 1 | Ongoing through June 30
hosted by Transformer DC

Every Monday – Friday at 4PM this June, Transformer will be providing you with a new video in our Collector’s View 2020 ‘Reimagined Online’ series.

Transformer’s annual spring Collector’s View series – now in its 13th year – shares the private collections of a select and diverse group of DC’s prominent contemporary art collectors.

Each video ‘View’ is as unique as our collector Hosts – providing intimate, insider perspectives on the motivations, interests, and passions behind a favorite artwork in their collection. Tune in!

Many thanks to Transformer’s Collector’s View 2020 Reimagined Online Hosts, and Exclusive Sponsor Long & Foster | Christie’s International Real Estate, for their generous support.


Transformer’s Collector’s View 2020 Reimagined Online showcase and password will be emailed to all confirmed subscribers prior to the release of the first video. Reminder emails will be sent each day as a new video is released.



Cliff Banquet presents the ​Aimless Game

Monday, June 1 | ongoing
via Cliff Banquet Instagram LIVE!

Cliff Banquet presents the ​Aimless Game​, a series of playful Instagram challenges posed to the public by Joy Li, Simon Li, Tyler Brunner, and Joyce Liang in effort to retrieve empathy and resist numbness accumulated during the pandemic. These workshops only ask for a continuation of passion since the smallest wave also sends ripples.

Artists post five games on the Instagram homepage and take turns each week. The challenges extend from their artistic practice. Joy Li furthers her exploration of collective experience which has taken a significant role in her works. Through touring the “strange space”on her body, she encourages viewers to re-experience the seemingly familiar and emphasizes sensational sharing with everyone who participates in the game. Similarly, Simon Li brings the audience to an inner exploration of their bodily perception and re-aligns themselves with the physicality by temporarily muting one of the five senses — vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. While the former two focus inwards, Tyler Brunner and Joyce Liang project outwards. Tyler intends to document the aspects of mushroom hunting that are often abstract, sacred, and unspoken — the ways in which the hunter communes with fallen trees, soil, and insects. On the other hand, Joyce challenges the participants to channel the physicality of an object into daily activities such as jumping, speaking, and even intimate interaction. She herself chooses to personify the fragility of ceramic cups, performing interesting interplay with other objects and individuals.

The ​Aimless Game​ aims ahead with “aimless” actions. Inevitably, surges of unfortunate news have flooded social media during the time of the pandemic. People grow duller and duller to the sadness and eventually drown in a swirl of obtuseness. What’s more, the lack of physical interpersonal interaction furtherly extinguishes motivation. While everything postpones or ceases, the activeness in the art world shows otherwise. Art does not come to a standstill because art-making is the default of life to many. These workshops endeavor to involve the public as active respondents to the situation. If playing such aimless games on social media can be an act of countering, any other kinds of “aimless game” can surely aim further.

Dates:​ Please follow the instagram page for further details
Location: ​Cliff Banquet Instagram (i​​
Contact Information:​ c​[email protected]
Collaboration with FreeTitle:
Exclusive behind-the-scenes contents available here



header image: Joy Li from Cliff Banquet's The Aimless Game

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