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This Week:  We The Peoples Before at the Kennedy Center, Baynard Woods’ book release at Red Emma’s, Men of Change: Power.Triumph.Truth exhibition panel discussion at the Lewis Museum, Cliff Banquet Presents: Burning Stone at the Charles, April Camlin’s last Wume show (for now) at the Ottobar, Form and Gesture: Impressions of Movement closes at Goucher’s Silber Gallery, AVAM’s July 4th Pet Parade + Talent Show, and the 6th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival — PLUS Creative Alliance call for Sidewalk Serenade performers and more featured opportunities.


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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We The Peoples Before
Thursday, June 30 | Ongoing through July 2
@ The Kennedy Center

Join First Peoples Fund and the Kennedy Center in honoring Native cultures, sovereignty, history, and vitality.

We The Peoples Before is a four-day event featuring immersive performances, workshops, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, and in-depth discussions led by Native artists, storytellers, and tribal elders. These artists and culture bearers will be gathering at The Kennedy Center to bring to life the spirit of their communities.

We The Peoples Before speaks to the diversity of Nations, cultures, languages, philosophies, spiritual traditions, peoples, and practices rooted in land and territories that flourished across North America long before the founding of the United States and the U.S. Constitution.



Baynard Woods book release celebration: “Inheritance: An Autobiography of Whiteness”
Thursday, June 30 • 7pm
@ Red Emma’s

Baynard Woods thought he had escaped the backwards ways of the South Carolina he grew up in, a world defined by country music, NASCAR, and the confederacy. He’d fled the South long ago, transforming himself into a politically left-leaning writer and educator.

Then he was accused of discriminating against a Black student at a local university. How could I be racist? he wondered. Whiteness was a problem, but it wasn’t really his problem. He taught at a majority Black school and wrote essays about education and Civil Rights.

But it was his problem. Working as a reporter, it became clear that white supremacy was tearing the country apart. When a white kid from his hometown massacred nine Black people in Charleston, Woods began to delve into his family’s history—and the ways that history has affected his own life.

When he discovered that his family—both the Baynards and the Woodses—collectively claimed ownership of more than 700 people in 1860, Woods realized his own name was a confederate monument. Along with his name, he had inherited privilege, wealth, and all the lies that his ancestors passed down through the generations.

In this gripping and perceptive memoir, Woods takes us along on his journey to understand how race has impacted his life. Unflinching and uninhibited, Inheritance explores what it means to reckon with whiteness in America today and what it might mean to begin to repair the past.
Baynard Woods is an award-winning writer and journalist based in Baltimore. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Oxford American Magazine, and many other publications. He is coauthor, with Brandon Soderberg, of I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad.



Cliff Banquet Presents: Burning Stone
Thursday, June 30 • 7pm
@ The Charles Theatre

After a six-month silence, local performance artist collective Cliff Banquet returns with a project nurtured for more than two years. Tyler Brunner presents Burning Stone, a musical film exploring the significance of cults, religion, and indescribable spiritual experiences. The artist draws inspiration from survivors’ memoirs documenting the worship of radioactivity from various parts of the world.

Human mining history brought curious property — the extraction of Uranium ores. The otherworldly fluorescent yellow soon emerged in the medical market as a magical remedy. Radiotherapies became popular, as did the cult surrounding nuclear revelation. Some devout believers saw Angels and God while bathing in divine pools surrounding nuclear plants. The experiences of these people are monumentalized in the lyricism of the Burning Stone soundtrack.

The majority of Burning Stone was shot between uranium-rich mountain ranges in Virginia and West Virginia. It narrates the story of the boy Enoch, who sacrifices his friends and family to a prospective uranium deposit, Coles Hill, VA, in pursuit of Angel-hood. An ensemble of hypnotic instruments and choir weaves together sonic and visual information. Engulfed by smoke, viewers are immersed in an experience involving all senses — including a bite of chocolate that appears in the film, and a special cocktail “The Yellowcake” featured by Tapas Teatro.

Since John Waters, the Charles Theatre has long been a hot spot for Avant-garde film admirers. Cliff Banquet not only aims to raise challenges to performance art and conventional film screening, but also to expand the possibilities of exploring the Charles Theatre as an unconventional art space in Baltimore. The premiering of Burning Stone is made possible by the sponsorship of Station North Arts District (Baltimore Central Partnership), and the partnership of the Charles Theatre and Tapas Teatro.



Saturday, July 2 • 8pm
@ the Ottobar

April’s moving to the West Coast, please join us in one last Wume show (for now!). Joining the evening will be many friends, so get ready to party and give her a proper Bmore sendoff!




July 4th Pet Parade and Talent Show
Monday, July 1 • 9am
@ American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is delighted to announce that its popular July 4th Pet Parade and Talent Show will be held in-person for the first time since 2019 on the Museum’s Whirligig Plaza. All friendly pets and their owners are welcome to join the festivities! Registration takes place at 8:30AM sharp. The 9:00AM Pet Parade through AVAM’s campus is followed by a Pet Talent Show for those pet-and-person duos who wish to participate. The Pet Parade is held each year in memory of supreme animal lover and AVAM’s devoted supporter and friend, Ellis Rosen. Please note that Museum buildings will be closed to the public on July 4.

Trophies to be awarded for the Parade and Pet Talent Show include: Most Patriotic, Star-Spangled, Yankee Doodle Dandy Pet Award;  Ready-for-Prime-Time Pet Talent; Best Pet Haute Couture (Best Costume); Best Visionary Pet Hair-do; The Peoples’ Choice Award; and the Pet Congeniality Award. The Grand Prize — “Most Visionary Pet 2022” — is awarded to the pet that embodies the spirit of a true patriotic visionary.

The Pet Parade and Talent Show will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or high heat and humidity. Participants are requested to check the AVAM website,, on July 3 for updates.



Form and Gesture: Impressions of Movement
ongoing through Saturday, July 2
@ Silber Gallery

This is the final week to visit Form and Gesture: Impressions of Movement in Goucher College’s Silber Gallery. The exhibition closes Saturday, July 2nd.

Featuring works by Meghan Brady, Carolyn Case, Matias Cuevas, E. Saffronia Downing, Anna Hepler, Ashley Page, Kim Rice and Renee Van Der Stelt
co-curated by Alexis Iammarino and Alex Ebstein.
Silber will be open from 11am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday this week.

An exhibition catalog will be available in the gallery this Fall, and a second, expanded iteration of the exhibition will be presented in Maine at the newly relocated Interloc Projects, where Alexis Iammarino is co-director.



6th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival
Monday, July 4 • 1-10pm
@ Middlebranch Park

The Skies Will Come Alive at the 6th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival

The Independence Day Festival’s Theme is Tubman 200: A Celebration of Freedom Seekers

Hill Community Coalition will host the 6th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival at Middle Branch Park (Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230) on July 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The festival is free, family friendly, alcohol free and open to the public. For more information:  [email protected] | 443.934.1972

Festival goers can enjoy live music, food trucks, exhibits, vendors, and a massive fireworks show overlooking the Patapsco River. A diverse lineup of performers will take the stage this year, representing a wide spectrum of sounds from soul to gospel to reggae, salsa and beyond. International Reggae Legend Sister Carol, Baltimore Club Queen TT the Artist, Baltimore Club pioneer Mighty Mark, The Legendary Ingramettes, International Soul/Jazz artist Navasha Daya and a host of local artists are slated to perform.

Collaboration continues to be a hallmark of the festival, and this year it will include a historic Baltimore Cultural Arts Program (CAP) photo exhibition and special activities in partnership with the Billie Holiday Center for Liberation and Inheritance Baltimore Community Archives Project. South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, a lead funder of the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival, recognizes and supports the festival and its importance.

Seated along the Patapsco River, Cherry Hill enjoys access to water via Middle Branch Park, which is a perfect location for the Waterfront Festival and this year’s theme, which celebrates the bicentennial and undying legacy of freedom seeker Harriet Tubman who was born in Maryland, with special events leading up to the festival, as well as an array of special activities during the festival, including historical re-enactments, exhibits, an elders’ fashion show, the presentation of Harriet Tubman: 200 Festival Honorees and much more.



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Sidewalk Serenades | Call for Performers
posted by Creative Alliance

In 2020 and 2021, the Sidewalk Serenades program brought over 400 live performances safely to neighborhoods in and around Baltimore and put nearly $60,000 back into the hands of working Baltimore performers. Sidewalk Serenades: Close (But Not Too Close) Personal Concerts relaunch for another round this July.

Want to perform? Musicians, dancers, variety arts, and more are wanted for this game-changing performance series.

The Basics:
* Performances are booked for 1 day, on the hour, and last for approx 25 min. each
* Artists decide how many performances they are willing to schedule in a given day
* Artists set the price of each event with Creative Alliance’s input
* Artists provide their own transportation and any portable PA if necessary

After submitting your information, if selected, a Creative Alliance staff member will reach out to schedule your date, time, and pricing structure and will create marketing materials for your event date.

Other Questions? Email [email protected]




Ekard Artist-in-Residence 2022-2024
rolling deadline
posted by Bucknell University

The Ekard Artist-in-Residence program at Bucknell University was created to support the creative learning experiences of our students through innovative interactions with practicing artists.

Selected artists actively share their own studio methods and processes through master classes, presentations, workshops, studio visits, pop-up exhibitions, installations, or other experiences with students on our residential campus in Lewisburg, PA.

Artists are selected through a combination of invitation and proposal-based applications. We are especially interested in activities that will enhance — and may be integrated into — the studio art courses offered in our department. Proposed activities might also take a more open-ended or “one-off” form that allows for broader campus or community participation, possibly responding to—or framed within—a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective or challenge.

Our committee works with our visitors to facilitate the organizational, logistical, and financial resources necessary so that artists can focus on creating the best experience for our students and on their own creative growth and exploration. The Ekard Artist Residency provides travel funds, lodging, meals, a materials budget, and a generous honorarium commensurate with the level of engagement. Payment will be made upon the completion of the residency.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For questions, please contact the Ekard Artist-in-Residence Directors: Anna Kell: [email protected] Eddy López: [email protected]



BOPA’s Constituent Survey
deadline July 1

A big thank you to everyone who has filled out BOPA’s constituent survey so far! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us.

BOPA is conducting this survey as part of our Strategic Planning Process to ensure that our work reflects the needs and wants of the Baltimore community as it relates to arts and culture.

In order to serve all Baltimoreans, we encourage responses from underserved communities. Responses will be used to paint a broad picture of how community members and creatives experience arts and culture, and ultimately inform how BOPA programs can best support that vision.

We are collecting responses to our constituent survey for one more week! Click on the button below and share your thoughts with us before July 1, 2022.



InLight 2022 Call for Proposals
deadline July 17
posted by 1708 Gallery

InLight 2022 will take place November 18th and 19th at Bryan Park in Richmond, Virginia. For this year’s exhibition, 1708 invites regional, national, and international artists working in all media and disciplines to submit entries that engage with and respond to the histories that comprise Bryan Park. Past sites include Chimborazo Park; Great Shiplock Park; the streets, facades, and alleyways of Richmond’s downtown Arts District; and the sculpture garden and grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Bryan Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (2002) and is located on the Northside of Richmond, Virginia–the capital of Virginia and one of America’s oldest major cities. At the turn of the 19th century, the park served as a gathering site for Gabriel’s Rebellion, one of many slave revolts that took place in the southern colonies and U.S. slave-holding states. Named after blacksmith and organizer Gabriel Prosser of Henrico County, the slave revolt was ultimately interrupted by sabotage and inclement weather. Today, the park offers a disc golf course, walking and biking trails, quaint streams and ponds, a Nature Preserve and Nature Center, and a rich abundance of wildlife. The Riverine Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists convene here to remove invasive species and propagate native plants; the parks and recreation staff install summer homes to support the thriving Purple Martin bird colonies that inhabit the park; and the park features a greenhouse that once cultivated and distributed native plants and produce to community gardens in the city. Bryan Park is also home to several festivals and events including the RVA BIG Market and Central Virginia Soccer Association games.

For InLight 2022, artists are invited to propose projects that engage with and expand upon the histories and activities that comprise Bryan Park, as well as the site’s current uses. These include Gabriel’s Rebellion and its legacies; disc golf and soccer; bird watching; the park’s environmental and ecological life; the park’s wildlife as well as its native flora and fauna; weather and climate patterns in the U.S. upper south; and of course the park’s significance to its surrounding communities.



Call for Poets for Poetry Readings and Poet Laureate Position
deadline July 17
posted by Takoma Park Arts

Poets from the D.C. area are invited to apply for future poetry readings in the Takoma Park Arts cultural series. Poets don’t have to be Takoma Park residents, and poetry readings usually feature 3 or 4 poets reading their original work at the Takoma Park Community Center.

Poets should submit their original poems using the online submission form. There is more info about our poetry series here.

The Takoma Park Poet Laureate program honors a local poet who serves as the city’s ambassador in promoting public appreciation for poetry. Applicants must live or work in Takoma Park and should use the online application form.

The Poet Laureate serves a three-year term and is paid a $2,000 annual honorarium. The Poet Laureate serves as the emcee at poetry readings, organizes public poetry programs, and speaks at community meetings and events. There is more info about the program here.



10th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition
deadline July 18
sponsored by The Rehoboth Art League

Corkran and Tubbs Galleries

Eligible: Rehoboth Art League Members and Non Members.
Event Dates: August 26 through September 25, 2022.
Registration Fee: $20.00 (Members), $40.00 (Non Members).  Registration fee is non-refundable.
Application deadline (online): Monday, July 18, 2022.
Acceptance notification (by email): by Monday, August 1,2022.
Delivery of work, shipped or dropped off: August 22 through August 21, 2022.
Pick-up of unsold work: September 26, 2022 through October 2, 2022

Juror and Awards Judge: Kasmira Cade

Open to all artists living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., this exhibition represents a strong collection of works by emerging and master-level fine artists. There will be $2,500 dollars (in total) cash awards.  The artist winning the Best in Show award will receive a $1,500.00 cash award. Fine art works in both 2-D and 3-D media are accepted.


Image Credit: “1st Chair,” mixed media sculpture by Jason Lyons, Best in Show winner, 9th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition 2020.



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