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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 Issue 10: Power
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Our newest print journal features power fashion, jewelry, and art, as well as conversations with cultural leaders, artists building new power networks for each other, government officials, and collectors.

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Image: Letitia Enos wearing earrings by Nikki Couppee, photo by Jill Fannon



Subversions, Part 1: Exploring Power and Place
nightly 6-10pm | ongoing through November 30
@ CulturalDC’s Source Theater

CulturalDC is partnering with Baltimore-based curator Teri Henderson to present a two-part video exhibition that explores divisiveness in democratic countries and the history of racial injustices within the United States. The exhibit, “SUBVERSIONS,” will be projected onto the windows of CulturalDC’s Source Theatre in the historic 14th and U Street Corridor in Northwest Washington, D.C. The first installation in the series will be presented during the 2020 presidential election season. The second installation will be presented in early 2021 to coincide with the presidential inauguration.

The first video, “UNITED IN DEMOCRACY: Polarization is a weapon for the perpetuation of power,” is a geopolitical game by artist Miguel Braceli. This video is part of Braceli’s “Geopolitics of the body,” a series of performances that creates dialogue between people and place, inviting reflections on issues of migration, national identity and social fractures.

From Oct. 30 through Nov. 30, “UNITED IN DEMOCRACY” will be on view nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. at CulturalDC’s Source Theatre, 1835 14th St., NW. On election day, Nov. 3, the video will be projected for the entire day. The video will also be available on the CulturalDC website.

“Recently it has become increasingly prevalent and relevant that we name and examine power, oppression and privilege,” said curator Henderson. “In this tumultuous period, the hopeful possibility remains that we may overcome tyranny and villainous rule by voting. In Washington, D.C., at this exhibition, we return to public art for solace, for hope, for provocation and for inspiration during this election period.”

“As a Venezuelan artist living in the United States, I have wanted to approach the geopolitical implications of these two countries, studying the complexity and contradiction of their relationships, as well as the parallels that can be found in opposite systems,” said artist Branceli. “This project starts from the thesis that political polarization is a risk for democratic states, and that at its pernicious extremes debate decreases and hegemony is strengthened. ‘UNITED IN DEMOCRACY’ aims to enhance diversity and unity in the context of an electoral year, promoting the dialogue from the playfulness of a simple action of a game.”

“Given the fact that millions of artists are being prevented from working due to the inaction of government, arts organizations cannot sit idly by during this upcoming election, said Kristi Maiselman, Executive Director of CulturalDC. “It is crucial that local arts groups, like CulturalDC, actively participate in democracy and offer platforms to diverse artists like Miguel Braceli and Teri Henderson. While we’re unable to host our community inside, we’re offering the outside of Source Theatre as a public place of reflection and mobilization.”



Judy Tallwing: What We Have Always Known
ongoing through December 27
@ New Door Creative

Judy Tallwing

Apache Elder Judy Tallwing was the daughter of Ruby Browning and the granddaughter of Annie Oma and Archer Donoho. Of Apache, Tewa, and African descent, she was raised in a desert encampment at the foot of the Arizona’s Bradshaw Mountains. Reared to become her clan’s matriarch, and trained in medicine by her grandmother, Judy has vivid early childhood memories of living in the desert with her extended family. Her memories include helping to hunt rattlesnakes and making art. “We didn’t call it art, we called it making things to sell along the road to help the family survive. I love trying to bring the stories I’ve heard to life. Each thing that lives on the earth has its own energy, and I try to put those energies together to create healing.”

Judy travels to power places on the earth to collect tiny fragments to energize her painting and sculpture. Her works are meticulous, and charged with the energy of elements such as copper, silver, turquoise, garnet, ashes, diamond dust, and minute crystal prayer beads.

Her works are included in the collections of The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she was invited as Artist-in-Residence at the Halles St-Pierre Museum in Paris, France.



Monument & Marker | Public Art Installation
ongoing through October 2121
@ Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington DC

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) announces a collaboration with the Smithsonian to expand the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story into the streets of Washington, DC — offering locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy museum-quality art outdoors.

The collaboration brings a new public art exhibition — Monument & Marker — to Connecticut Avenue, the iconic street connecting the White House to Dupont Circle. The exhibition, now on display, includes two artworks — Monument, created by NYC-based artist Maren Hassinger, and Marker, by DC-based artist Rania Hassan.

Launched in 2018, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women.  Monument and Marker represent the only public space artworks of the American Women’s History Initiative reaching beyond the walls of the Smithsonian.

Monument will be installed on the Connecticut Avenue NW Overlook, just south of Dupont Circle, and Marker will be located on the Connecticut Avenue NW median at K Street NW.

Formed from sticks and branches, Monument is part of Hassinger’s Monuments series — a group of sculptures first installed in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem in 2018. Selected to complement the built environment, the artwork echoes the curvature of the Connecticut Avenue overlook and mirrors the shape of the underpass below. Monument honors the physical and social achievements of the community and celebrates the possibility of humans working together.

“I am honored to be among the first selected to create a public sculpture as part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative,” said Hassinger. “Monument will nestle appropriately in the selected space and will remind us in a gentle way of our origins and purposes.”

Hassan’s Marker is a monument to women’s histories and the fibers that connect us all. Based upon the artist’s knitting, the sculpture’s bright pink hue and bold steel shape are contrasted by its curvy and elegant forms. The artwork can be read as an oversized crown or an abstract knitting project that is at once unraveling and coming together.

“There are so few statues dedicated to women—I’m excited to be creating a public art sculpture for one of the most iconic intersections in the city that will represent a monument to all women’s stories and their achievements,” said Hassan. “My hope is this monument, Marker, will act as a beacon to spark an interest in the stories shared through the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, and also encourage people to think about the women in their lives, and uncover their own buried histories.”

“We are excited to partner with the Smithsonian to bring Monument & Marker to Connecticut Avenue,” said Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle BID. “The project builds on our longstanding effort to bring museum-quality art to the Golden Triangle and to enhance the beauty of the neighborhood. The art will enrich the public space at a time when Washingtonians are spending more time outdoors for recreation, dining, and cultural activities.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Golden Triangle to expand the American Women’s History Initiative into DC streets,” said Dorothy Moss, curator at the National Portrait Gallery and coordinating curator for the Women’s History Initiative. “The initiative illuminates women’s pivotal role in building and sustaining the country and expands what we know of our shared history. Monument & Marker addresses themes related to women as makers, create conversation about public monuments, and look at the history of women in public and private life.”

Monument & Marker will be on display from October 2020 for approximately one year. View and download photos of the artworks here.

Hassinger will also create a new performance commission, Birthright, to premiere in May 2021 as part of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s IDENTIFY series dedicated to performance art as portraiture.



Native Cinema Showcase
Wednesday, November 18 | ongoing through November 27
presented by National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year, for the 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online, streaming new films, fan favorite classics and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers and stories from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.

Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative and by The Walt Disney Co.



2020 Visions: Public Art in a Year of Protests & Pandemics
Thursday, November 19 • 6pm
presented by Julio Fine Arts

A conversation with Golden Triangle Business Improvement District’s Public Space Activation Curator, Karyn Miller.

A global pandemic left many museums, theatres, and cultural institutions shuttered and pushed much of public life outdoors creating a great moment for people to experience public art. Simultaneously, protests and a racial reckoning sparked debate around public statues as Confederate monuments were toppled and burned and public artworks, most notably murals, were used to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement. While these two forces are distinct and different, both serve to make 2020 a notable year for public art. This talk will look at those two forces, alongside specific project examples and moments of note, and how they have shaped the landscape of public art in 2020.

This program is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council.



Rights & Wrongs | Virtual Artist Talk
Thursday, November 19 • 6:30pm | ongoing through December 6
presented by The Peale

Virtual Artist Talk in conjunction with the Rights & Wrongs Exhibition, featuring Antonio McAfee, Erin Fostel, and McKinley Wallace III

About this Event:

This artist talk is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rights and Wrongs: Citizenship, Belonging, and the Vote

Join us for a virtual artist talk with local Baltimore artists Antonio McAfee, Erin Fostel, and McKinley Wallace III. These artists new works are included in the group exhibition Rights and Wrongs: Citizenship, Belonging, and the Vote at the Peale at the Carroll Mansion. The works in the exhibition bring the viewers’ attention to the complexities and contradictions of the history of voting rights and civil right struggles as well as the ways that these struggles continue both in Baltimore across the United States. In conversation, these three artists will discuss their research processes, material methodologies, and how place informs their artistic practice.

Registered attendees will receive a link to the virtual event on November 19th.The Rights & Wrongs exhibition is on display from October 17 through December 6, 2020, at the historic Carroll Mansion in Baltimore. More information about the venue can be found on the website.

About the Peale: The Peale is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation established to restore the historic Peale Museum building as a center to celebrate the unique history of Baltimore, its people, and places. By creating a more inclusive cultural record of the city, the Peale aims to help people everywhere see Baltimore in a new light. The Peale currently also hosts exhibitions at the historic Carroll Mansion, located 1/2 mile from the Peale Building on Lombard Street. For more about the Peale, visit the website.

For more information, please visit the exhibition website where documentation of the exhibit and the artists’ biographical information will be available in mid-November. This project is organized by Baltimore artist and educator Lauren Frances Adams and has been financially supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Awesome Foundation.



Carol Brown Goldberg: Entanglement | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 21 • 11am-5pm
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Entanglement, a solo exhibition of paintings by Carol Brown Goldberg. Drawing the line between meditation and madness, Goldberg’s dense organic landscapes allow us to peer into an idyllic world of intricate patterns and mesmerizing foliage. In search of a new understanding of the force of nature, these animate worlds showcase fantasy and reality perpetually intertwined.

Through the act of painting, Carol Brown Goldberg investigates the worlds of biology, botany, and geology. Her work in this series focuses on the microcosm and a creative interpretation of advanced science as it bleeds into a visual language. At a small scale, Goldberg’s works on paper offer an introduction to the artist’s complex consciousness, while her massive paintings immerse the viewer in an entire spectacle of color and motif.

Entanglement draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including the flat space of Islamic Art, the ornamentation of Aegean artifacts, the rich density of the Chinese Landscape painting within the Northern Song Dynasty, the organic forms of Egyptian linens, and the scientific mysticism of the Hudson River School artists. The exhibition also features Goldberg’s most recent series, “On the Other Hand.” Made with the artist’s non-dominant hand, these works are a testament to the fundamentals of art marking, freeing up the artist’s will and turning to creativity for growth and perspective.

Carol Brown Goldberg has an extensive exhibition record both nationally and abroad including the Katzen Arts Center at American University (Washington, DC), Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), Conarte Museum (Monterrey, Mexico), Chautauqua Institute (Chautauqua, NY), and others. Her work is represented in many important museum collections, including South Dakota Art Museum (Brookings, SD), Vero Beach Museum of Art (Vero Beach, FL), Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), the Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC), New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA), Gabarrón Foundation Museum (Valladolid, Spain), National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), Deland Museum of Art (Deland, FL), and the New England Contemporary Art Museum (Brooklyn, CT), among others. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2020 Distinguished Terrapin Award from the University of Maryland (College Park, PA), 2019 Daryl Reich Rubenstein Award from the Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC), 2018 Year of the Woman Gala Honoree from Moment Magazine (Washington, DC) and 2010 Individual Artist Award from Maryland State Arts Council (Baltimore, MD).

Carol Brown Goldberg: Entanglement will be on view from November 19, 2020 through January 23, 2021. An ALL DAY opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 21st, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, in order to keep capacity low in the gallery throughout the day.

Hours for C. Grimaldis Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.



Tea with Myrtis: Artistically Speaking with Arthur Lewis
Saturday, November 21 • 2pm
presented by Galerie Myrtis

This upcoming edition of Tea with Myrtis: Artistically Speaking features Arthur Lewis, Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts & UTA Artist Space.

Join us for a live conversation with Myrtis Bedolla, Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis, and Arthur Lewis, Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts & UTA Artist Space via Zoom Saturday, November 21st at 2:00 pm EST.

Lewis, a tireless advocate for artists and the arts community at large, will share his views on art as a cultural legacy, the collector’s role in sustaining an artist’s career, and the importance of mentorship in cultivating a collection.



The Leisure Dilemma | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 21 • 6-9pm | ongoing through December 2020
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present “The Leisure Dilemma” a solo exhibition by You Wu. Please join us for the Opening reception. The exhibition can be viewed from outdoors, through our window boxes along Howard Street.

Social Distancing Guidelines:
– Mask required: covering mouth AND nose.
– Maintain 6ft from others, sidewalk will be marked.
– Interior will be closed.
– Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe!

The Leisure Dilemma is an installation diptych that explores leisure activities in the context of consumerism. According to Merriam-Webster, the word “leisure” means “freedom provided by the cessation of activities, especially time free from work or duties.” Oxford English Dictionary defines “leisure” as “time when one is not working or occupied.” However, the proliferating athleisure culture creates a dream realm made out of seductive products and recreational sports activities. Thus our culture nowadays equivalents “leisure” to a series of commodities and actives that economically and socially appropriate citizens’ free time. “Leisure” is now a duty fulfilled by consumption. One has to consume to relax; one has to work to consume; one has to work to play. The two installations in the Leisure Dilemma created by You Wu are inspired by these self-contradictory imageries of leisure presented by advertisements.

You Wu:
(from Shenzhen, China) You Wu is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Through a variety of mediums ranging from painting to sculpture to performances, their current body of work explores the problematic of globalization and consumerism. They have exhibited their works at VisArts (Rockville, MD), Terrault (Baltimore, MD), and Florida International University (Miami, FL). They have been a member of Current, a local alternative artist-run space, since 2017.

Wu received a B.F.A in Painting with a studio concentration in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. They are currently an M.F.A. candidate at Towson University.

Image caption:
Wash and Hang, 2020. Recycled jerseys, rope, clips, paint, astroturf, paper confetti, steel bucket, paint.

Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and outdoor performance space, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Operating since November 2004, we are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

Current Space is funded by members and supporters like you; and the Creative Baltimore Fund, a program funded by Mayor Jack Young and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

Become a supporting member at:



PERFORMANCE: In Plain Sight(site)
Saturday, November 21 • 7-9pm
@ Le Mondo

Take part in this special distanced performance series at Le Mondo ( on Saturday, November 21. Featuring work from Alisa Glenn, Sun English, Lynn Hunter, April Lewis, Katie Macyshyn, Carly J Bales, Laure Drogoul, Noelle Tolbert, Bashi Rose, and T. Marie Jiggetts.

Time & Location
Nov 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
406 N Howard St, 406 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

About The Event

The veils between worlds are thin and we can easily slip through.

Underground in a Baltimore basement we found many old traveling trunks. Delivered from where? From who? Going where? When? Impossible thoughts filled our heads.

On November 21, nine artists explore doorways to other realities. Shape-shifting between times and dimensions, these artists conjure visions that question our sight, embody the present impossible, and transport us into the unknown.

More Info here.

How to Join

Audiences will meet in front of Le Mondo (406 North Howard Street). Performances will begin promptly at 7PM. Masks required. Chairs and beverages available. Admission is free but you can buy a “ticket” to support our performance work here.



Calls for Entry // Opportunities

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Picturing Pandemic Baltimore | Call for Entry
deadline November 21
sponsored by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The Bulletin of the History of Medicine, a journal edited and produced in Baltimore and the Program in Arts, Humanities, and Health, both at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, are sponsoring a juried online exhibition of photographs that document our city’s experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. One photograph will be selected for publication as the cover image of the Bulletin’s special issue on the pandemic and a further two will be published in the journal.

  1. There is no submission fee; each photographer may enter up to 3 photographs.
  2. Images must have been taken during 2020 within Baltimore City.
  3. Photographers juried into the exhibition will be informed by Dec. 1, 2020. We are delighted that J.M. Giordano will be jurying the exhibition.
  4. The photograph chosen as the Bulletin cover image will be awarded $650; two additional photographs will be awarded $250 each.

To submit:

  1. Send an email to [email protected]with 3 images as attachment AND complete a submission form here:
  2. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Nov. 21, 2020.
  3. Images should be no smaller than 2MB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be JPEG files. All images must be saved in the sRGB color model.
  4. Incomplete or late submissions will not be entered into the jury process.

All photographers will retain the copyright to their submissions with the understanding that the competition sponsors will be permitted to print winning entries in the Bulletin (as described above) and display accepted entries in a public online exhibition within one calendar year of the submission deadline.



ICAN Online Juried Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline *extended* November 22

The ICAN members voted in a recent survey for the next ICAN Online Juried Exhibition theme, and the results are in….it was a three-way tie! So, we decided to combine all the winning ideas into one exciting new winter show titled: Holiday Entertaining! Submit to this members-only contest showcasing your favorite handmade objects that make us all think of the holidays and spending time with family and friends: serving dishes, cookie plates, and holiday ornaments.

Dates to know:

NEW! Submission Deadline: November 22, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

NEW! Exhibition Dates: December 5–January 15, 2021

Prizes and opportunities:

Best in Show: A feature in Pottery Making Illustrated.

All finalist’s images will be shown online in the ICAN Exhibition Gallery. Following the conclusion of the show, they will be stored permanently online in the ICAN Exhibition Archives.

All accepted pieces will have the option to be for sale on the ICAN website for the duration of the exhibition!

The 2020 ICAN Online Juried Exhibition Holiday Entertaining! contest is open to all current and new ICAN members. All entries must be constructed primarily of clay. Juried from digital images only. A maximum of three entries per member.

All entries must be submitted through Submittable. No late entries accepted.



Short-Term Studio Residency | Call for Entry
deadline November 30
sponsored by Arlington Arts Center

Arlington Arts Center’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages growth, dialogue, and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a community with other artists and alongside AAC’s critically acclaimed exhibitions and extensive educational programs. All studios have excellent sunlight, work sinks, and high ceilings with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. Facilities include a shared lounge area, kitchen, and bathroom. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AAC has adopted enhanced cleaning procedures and hand sanitizer is available throughout the building in an effort to minimize the risk of infection for its staff and artist residents.

Currently, AAC is seeking one or two short-term residents for a studio that is available from December 2020 through May 2021. Click the link below for more information and to apply.



Her Weight in Gold | Call for Entry
deadline December 5
sponsored by Visionary Art Collective

Her Weight in Gold is a celebration of work by women artists around the world. This exhibit does not have a specific theme, and we are completely open to all subject matter and visual mediums. We encourage artists who work in diverse styles to apply.

The following mediums are accepted: painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art.

Our guest curator is Mollie Barnes, founder of She Curates. Mollie is a curator from the UK, currently living south of London. She freelancers in the art world, working as an artist liaison, digital marketing strategist, and event organizer. Mollie specializes in exhibitions, commissions, and events to support artists in their practice. With a focus on, and passion for, championing women artists, Mollie founded She Curates, a platform that celebrates and showcases female creatives.

To submit your work, please visit



Shades of Black & White | Call for Entry
deadline December 6
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

For the first 100 years of photography monochrome was the only choice. When asked to name a fine art photographer, one usually thinks of those of 1930s-70s, masters of black and white, shadow and light, form and contrast. The photographers of today turn to shades of black and white for the same expressive qualities and we’re looking for the best.

Our juror for Monochrome is Michael Kirchoff. Michael has spent his years capturing the still image of people, cultures, and landscapes from around the world, to around the block, with a very unique and distinctive style. He photographs with many types of cameras and film, from a clunky toy camera to the latest digital model, using each as a tool for a specific use.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.



deadline December 7
sponsored by LoosenArt

Instability and precariousness are concepts that characterize the modern era. The way we experience everyday life responds to a consumerist logic. This logic sees the precariousness of the state of things as urgency in seizing or abandoning the useful object that meets our needs. It’s the same for what we now call “relational consumerism”.

Instability refers to the idea of precarious balance that concerns every type of physical, physiological / corporal and mental structure. The psychic and emotional sphere is therefore also taken into consideration in the contemplation of the concept of instability: instability understood as an anomaly of temper due to excessive receptivity for impulses of an affective or instinctive order, and characterized by frequent changes in mood and emotional state.



Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
deadline December 8
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that applications for the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the regional affiliate for Maryland, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7–12. For the second year, BOPA serves as the regional affiliate for all counties in the state of Maryland for the art region. For the writing region, BOPA serves all counties excluding Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Howard. Applications are now open here and due by Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 

“Working as the affiliate for the Maryland region last year and getting to see and showcase the works of so many talented young creatives was truly a remarkable experience. Young people are resilient and are still creating during these difficult times. We can’t wait to see what kinds of submissions come through this year,” says Jocquelyn Downs, Director of the Arts Council at Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

The Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Regional recognition includes Gold Key awards, Silver Key awards, and Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Five works of writing and five works of art from the region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.

For the 2020 competition, BOPA received nearly 4000 visual arts and writing submissions from teens throughout the state in seventeen counties and Baltimore City. Five hundred and seventy-nine teens received recognition, and Gold and Silver Key award recipients were honored at an award ceremony held at Baltimore Center Stage. BOPA encourages talented teens across Baltimore City and Maryland to apply. Award recipients will be honored during a regional ceremony on Sunday, March 7, 2021.



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