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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 and nationally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

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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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Howard County COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund
deadline on rolling basis
sponsored by Howard County Art Council

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on the arts community, the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) established the Howard County COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund, a temporary fund to assist artists whose creative practices and incomes have been adversely impacted by this public health crisis. In August, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball made available 50 Individual Artists Grants of $1,000 each, to be distributed through HCAC’s COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund.

“Howard County has a rich history of supporting local arts and culture,” said Ball. “I commend the Howard County Arts Council for working quickly to provide relief to many whose work has been disrupted. We have always valued and supported our arts community, and our support is especially needed during these tough times.” The grant application for the $1,000 individual grants will open August 28, 2020.

About the new initiative, HCAC Executive Director Coleen West says, “We have heard from many artists that after six months of lost work, they are struggling to support their families and creative practices. Relief funding for artists is needed now more than ever.  We are so excited – and thankful – that the County has provided the Arts Council with funds to increase individual artist awards to $1,000.”

The purpose of the Relief Fund is:

To assist artists who rely partially or fully on income from gigs, contracts, and freelance work lost due to COVID-19.

Examples of losses the Relief Fund will support, but are not limited to, include financial losses from:

– Workshops and classes
– Exhibitions and festivals
– Performances in all performing arts disciplines at cafes, bars, concert halls, theatres
– Artist residencies
– Touring
– Loss of supplemental income for artists working other full- or part-time jobs that help support their creative practices

The Relief Fund will open for applications on August 28, 2020 for artists who have lost income and can document those losses. The Relief Fund will stay open on a rolling basis until available funds are fully distributed.


Each artist is eligible to receive one $1,000 award. Grant applicants must be over the age of 18, able to demonstrate their income has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, and must have lived in Howard County for at least one year as of the application submission date. The Relief Fund is for individual artists only, not organizations or non-profits.  HCAC Board of Directors and staff and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

Artists who wish to apply for a relief fund grant will find grant guidelines and the online application form at

During this crisis, the Arts Council staff is working remotely and is available to assist applicants with any questions about completing this application by emailing [email protected].  Please understand that there may be a delay in our response due to working remotely.



Free Fall Baltimore 2020 | Applications Open
deadline September 6
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that applications to participate in Free Fall Baltimore 2020 are now open. The annual citywide celebration offers arts & cultural events at participating venues throughout Baltimore City. Free Fall Baltimore is held each October in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, and showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts provides grants, ranging from $250 to $1,500, to cultural organizations with operating budgets under $300,000 to provide free events during the month of October. Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Free Fall Baltimore 2020 will occur as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events. Applications for cultural organizations to participate in Free Fall Baltimore 2020 are available here and due by Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Out of concern for health and public safety, applicants are encouraged to submit applications with robust virtual programming elements. If applicants are planning to produce small in-person events, they must adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for public engagement and have an explicit public safety plan thoroughly outlined in the application.


To be eligible for a Free Fall Baltimore grant, the program must:

– Provide outreach and access to young adults, families and/or underserved audiences
– Be free of charge and open to general public without contingencies.
– Occur in Baltimore City between October 1 and October 31, 2020

Reminder: Cultural organizations with operating budgets over $300,000 are not eligible to receive grants. However, cultural organizations with budgets in excess of $300,000 are encouraged to participate in Free Fall Baltimore.


Applications Due: Sunday, September 6, 2020
Awardees Notified: Friday, September 11, 2020
Contracts Due: Friday, September 18, 2020; 80% of grant paid upon receipt
Programs Occur: Thursday, October 1 – Saturday, October 31, 2020
Final Reports Due: Friday, December 4, 2020; 20% balance paid upon receipt

The application to participate in Free Fall Baltimore 2020 is available here and due by Sunday, September 6, 2020.



F.E.A.S.T. 2020 | Call for Entry
deadline extended to September 13
sponsored by VisArts

From your porch, yard, kitchen table, living room… Join VisArts for a Virtual F.E.A.S.T

Calling all artists, thinkers and dreamers! We encourage you to send in your proposals to F.E.A.S.T. 2020 addressing the theme of a more than human world.

This year’s F.E.A.S.T. event will take place over Zoom on October 4. The artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant of up to $2,000. For a list of guidelines, visit the application page.



Lexington Market | Call for Vendors
deadline October 2

Since 1782, Lexington Market has been the epicenter of food and culture in Baltimore. Now, as the 238-year-old market undergoes a $40 million redevelopment, the search is on to find the next generation of food vendors and chefs to move in. When completed in early 2022, the transformed Lexington Market will be home to approximately 50 vendors. From fishmongers, butchers, dairy and fresh produce suppliers, chefs, and specialty foods and retail stalls, the new Lexington Market will incorporate the best examples of food culture from the region, and serve as a catalyst for community, culture, health, and wealth-building. The application process is open to both current vendors and new concepts. Vendor applications will be accepted online from now (Aug. 11) through Oct. 2, 2020 at A second round of vendor applications will be accepted beginning in January 2021, with a round two deadline in March 2021.

“Successful public markets have a wide variety of vendors and products in order to deliver an excellent shopping experience and appeal to a diverse customer base,” said Peter DiPrinzio, Seawall’s Food and Beverage Lead. “Along with an amazing line-up of fresh and prepared food vendors who sell foods like eggs, milk, meats, salads, soups, tacos, seafood, and pizza, we’re also looking for specialty vendors with products such as candy, cheeses, nuts, spices, and flowers.”

The planned redevelopment has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Market’s vendors in the existing East Market recently reopened for in-person, socially distanced service Thursdays through Saturdays. In light of the pandemic, Seawall and Baltimore Public Markets Corporation are remaining flexible and attentive to the new needs of small business owners and operators.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought difficult and unpredictable times to food and beverage businesses – but extreme challenges often bring unique opportunities,” said DiPrinzio. “Baltimore’s Lexington Market has outlasted its fair share of tumult—from devastating fires to prior pandemics—and it will again. We believe the Market has a duty to help chefs and entrepreneurs emerge from this crisis and create businesses with affordable food and retail spaces that support and empower our Baltimore community.”



Nontsikelelo Mutiti, UNBREAKABLE, 2011. Single channel video, 00:01:16

Departure As A Domestic \ Kat Chamberlin, Jennifer Grimyser, Giulia Piera Livi, Malcolm Majer, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Michael Scoggins, and Ruri Yi
ongoing through December 31
presented by Guest Spot at the Reinstitute, hosted by BMA Salon

The concern of everyday life and injustices is a response to a domestic abstract that should define politics around our civic responsibilities. The maintenance – and non-maintenance – of art reflects the politics and cultural conditions of its values. As public resources are redirected into Enterprise Culture systems, the idea of maintaining economic value displaces the values in the potential of art, creating an imbalance between object and objective.



Margo Newmark Rosenbaum, "Libba Cotton" 13" x 8 1/2" photograph, silver gelatin print

Call Back: Artists Inspired by American Musical Traditions
galleries open for appointments through September 12 (Exeter Gallery) and September 25 (Cade Gallery)
hosted by Exeter Gallery and Cade Gallery

CURATED BY: Teddy Johnson and Matt Klos


Michael Ananian
Larry Winston Collins
David Driskell
Katherine Fahey
Dean Mitchell
Art Rosenbaum
Margo Rosenbaum


This exhibit includes a sampling of artists who take inspiration from some of the many American music traditions. Artists included in this exhibt make work in mediums ranging from printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and crankies. Their sources of inspiration are varied, including vernacular songs, ballads, gospel, jazz, and blues. Through their own particular vision each artist pulls us into a conversation with American song.


Cade Gallery at AACC is open by appointment on the below dates in September.
Contact: [email protected] to make an appointment.

Appointment Dates:
Monday Sept 7, 8:30-8:55am and 9:05-9:30am.
Friday Sept 18, 5-5:25pm and 5:35-6:00pm.
Monday Sept 21, 8:30-8:55am and 9:05-9:30am.
Friday Sept 25th, 5-5:25pm and 5:35-6:00pm.

Tour Protocol:
– Visitors will complete a health attestation form upon their arrival. Visitors should arrive a few min early to do this and bring their own pen for signing the attestation.
– Masks required
– Social distancing of 6 feet strictly enforced by tour guide
– Enter Cade main doors and gallery main door
– Exit gallery rear door and Cade 219
– No bathroom access permitted
– Gallery can accommodate 5 guests + guide to maintain safe social distancing

Exeter Gallery by appointment through September 12, 2020.

Tour Protocol:
– Masks are required and a thorough cleaning of all exposed areas that could become contaminated will be done between visits. To arrange an appointment call or text 443-250-2345 or visit or exetergallery on Instagram.




Anna Marie Mesa, 16, listens to music on her smartphone in Centro Havana. Technology is leapfrogging the infastructure in Cuba where citizens went from landlines to smartphones in a matter of months. Cubans born after 1989 have only known a time after the USSR dissolved and left the Caribbean nation with little resources and a powerful, growth-crippling, US-led economic embargo.

Virtual Gallery Talk with Greg Kahn, Art Historian Laura López Duarte and Director Caitlin Berry
Tuesday, September 1 • 12pm
presented by Cody Gallery

Please join us for a virtual gallery talk with artist Greg Kahn, Art Historian Laura López Duarte and Cody Gallery Director Caitlin Berry on Tuesday, September 1 at 12:00pm EST. Panelists will discuss Kahn’s current exhibition, HAVANA YOUTH, and the cultural implications of Cuba’s Período Especial. This talk coincides with the exhibition Greg Kahn: Havana Youth, opening Thursday, August 27.

Please note registration closes at noon on Monday, August 31. Please register before the deadline by clicking the button below. The day before the event, you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.



Mapping the Future World: Reimagining Art in DC and Seoul
Wednesday, September 2 • 7:30pm
presented by Transformer DC

Join us for a special conversation with DC- and Seoul-based artists through a collaboration with Transformer. Throughout the summer of 2020, Transformer’s Sister Cities project MAPPING THE FUTURE WORLD has connected artists based in Washington, DC, and Seoul, South Korea, to build dialogue, connectedness, inspiration, and insight during this uncertain time. Responding to the ways in which the coronavirus is radically remapping our world, both literally and figuratively, Transformer invited eight artists to reimagine the future world. Using emergent mutual aid networks, social media platforms, and digital communications, the invited artists shared practices and created exchange among Sister Cities, DC, and Seoul. In this conversation moderated by Carol Huh, curator of contemporary Asian art at the Freer and Sackler, learn about how these artists are creating new visions of our future world.

Artists participating in the conversation include: Seo Young Chang, Maps Glover, Esther Eunjin Lee, Hannah Woo, and Naoko Wowsugi.



CAN I KICK IT? presents special screening of “Black Panther”
Thursday, September 3 • 9pm
presented by Shaolin Jazz

To celebrate the life of Chadwick Boseman, join us this Thursday, 9.3.20, for a special CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM screening of “Black Panther”



Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival
Friday, September 4 | Ongoing through September 6
presented by BFSFF

The Past, Present, and Future collide for The 2020 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival! Friday, September 4th until Monday September 7th. The entire virtual festival is powered by Seed&Spark and sponsored by ARRAY and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

The theme for this year is Legacy! Festival programming includes 3 features and 7 shorts programs. We will expand on festival staple screening blocks; Defining Black and Defining Femme. This year we are exploring the legacies of Beauty, Black Magic, Craft, Righteous Anger, and WAP (shout out to Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion) through our short film programming. All films will be followed by virtual Q+A’s streamed through the festival’s YouTube and Facebook page. Subscribe and follow today.

View the full festival lineup at
Festival passes are $13/ $6 for BFSFF members
$100 All Access Pass

Friday will open with Elegance Brattons’ Pier Kids, a virtual Q+A will follow immediately after. Saturday’s feature is Say My Name by Julia Chagas, followed by a pre-recorded bilingual Q+A moderated by film scholar Janaína Oliveira. The Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival is proud to host the WORLD PREMIERE of Anatomy of Wings as it’s closing night film on Sunday September 6th followed by a Q+A moderated by festival founder, Nia Hampton. All Films will be available to watch until Monday September 7th.

Seed and Spark will be hosting a free “Art of the Pitch” workshop just ahead of the opening night film on Friday 09/04 @ 2pm.

Stand out shorts include Felicia Pride’s Tender, playing in the “Legacy of the WAP” program on Saturday 09/05 @ 4pm and Stephanie Diane Ford’s The Black Baptism on Sunday @ 4pm in the “Legacy of Black Magic” program.

The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest encourages filmmakers who are on the margins to come together and find community within ourselves. We want to re-envision the Black Femme as a global protagonist and universal archetype. We aim to appeal to the whole of who our audience is, as so often Black Femmes are forced to choose between their blackness or their queerness. This is a festival that celebrates both.



header image: Kat Chamberlin, Magnolia in Spring, Candlestick in Summer (diptych - video still), 2020. 2 channel video, 00:07:00 TRT looped.

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