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This Week:  Joyce J. Scott at Banneker-Douglass Museum, WTMD First Thursday Festival, SHAN Wallace hosts “The Queer Agenda: THE WATERMELON WOMAN” screening at SNF Parkway, The One and the Many opening reception at Baltimore Jewelry Center, The Space Between Us curated by Lily Xiao opening reception at Gallery CA, Jani Hileman  and Adiante Franszoon have opening receptions at Creative Alliance, and the 2022 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival — PLUS Maryland Film Festival RFP for Graphic Design Services and more featured opportunities!


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Araminta with Rifle and Vévé by Dr. Joyce J. Scott
Thursday, September 1
@ Banneker-Douglass Museum

Come to the Banneker-Douglass Museum starting September 1st to stand in awe of the monumental sculpture, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé (2017), created by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dr. Joyce J. Scott. Viewing the sculpture is a perfect introduction to our upcoming exhibit, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, a majestic continuation of the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial celebration, and a great way to start off International Underground Railroad Month.

Standing at 10 feet tall, the Harriet Tubman monument is made of painted milled foam with found objects, blown glass, and mixed media appliqués. Tubman holds in her hands a beaded rifle adorned with flowers and a beaded staff, called a vévé.

Provocative and piercing, the sculpture was originally a part of Joyce J. Scott’s 2018 exhibition entitled Harriet Tubman and Other Truths at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. The Banneker-Douglass Museum is honored to have it as its new temporary home, on view right outside of the museum doors through September 30, 2023 as a part of The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy exhibition opening November 10, 2022.



WTMD September First Thursday Festival
Thursday, September 1 • 5:30pm
@ Canton Waterfront Park

We’re PUMPED to hang with you on Thursday, September 1 at Canton Waterfront Park!

WTMD and Brewers Hill present the First Thursday Festival—our region’s largest FREE music festival!

  • Rock out with Neal Francis, Illiterate Light and Pressing Strings.
  • Get down at the east side DJ stage with Lemz and Emily Rabbit.
  • Enjoy delicious local eats from a variety of vendors in the McCormick Spice food court.
  • Cool down with a Reyka Vodka cocktail or an ice cold beer from Monument City Brewing.
  • Support local artisans, makers, and manufacturers by shopping our Made In Baltimore Maker’s Village.

There’s something for everyone at First Thursdays. Its where community happens. See you soon, Baltimore!



Thursday, September 1 • 7pm
@ SNF Parkway

As queer kids there weren’t many examples, or cinema, accessible to us youngin’s, especially in Baltimore when you barely left your zipcode. As a young girl, I remember vividly searching for queer and gay life on the television screen, and never really finding the spectrum in which I was a part of. I especially want this series to prioritize a multiplicity of queer and gay narratives. – SHAN Wallace

Baltimore Living Archives Artist in Residence SHAN Wallace is a nomadic award-winning visual artist, photographer, and educator from East Baltimore. She is inspired by the nuances of day-to-day life of her surroundings in Baltimore, not as fixed narratives but a multiplicity of experiences. She uses her lens, collage and one site installations as the basis of her work, demonstrating the cultural and political narratives of black life, confronting oppressive politics and histories within communities of the African diaspora, and challenging ideas surrounding existing collections, culture and archives of Blackness. During the month  of September, Wallace curates a series of films called The Queer Agenda featuring some of her favorite queer classics.

The Watermelon Woman Synopsis
Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the “most beautiful mammy,” a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows only as the “Watermelon Woman” was and make her the subject of a documentary, she starts researching and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian. The project is not without drama as Cheryl’s singular focus causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker) and as she begins to see parallels between Fae’s problematic relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with white Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner).

The Watermelon Woman is a lesbian classic. This 90’s autofiction is a top tier Black Queer Cinema. Looking forward to revisiting this film on the big screen.” – SHAN Wallace



The One and the Many: A Metal Shop Exhibition of Art and Production Jewelry | Opening Reception
Friday, September 2 • 5-8pm
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host The One and the Many: A Metal Shop Exhibition of Art and Production Jewelry, a group exhibition juxtaposing art and production practices within the metalsmithing and art jewelry community. The One and the Many will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from September 2, 2022 until September 30, 2022 with an opening reception on Friday, September 2, 2022 from 5 to 8pm. The opening is free and open to the public.

Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA Jewelry Center, which had served the metalsmithing and art jewelry community in the Baltimore area for twenty-two years. Today, the nonprofit is in its eighth year providing a rigorous academic schedule and robust studio access program for metal and jewelry artists.

The One and the Many illustrates the reciprocal relationship between singular works and the production practice of the artists featured in the Baltimore Jewelry Center’s retail space, Metal Shop. Featuring work by twenty-five local and national artists, the exhibition asks viewers to critically examine cycles of making. Does the repetition of production lead to a blossoming of individual works, or is the autonomous artwork inspiration for a market friendly line of pieces? The One and the Many breaks down the hierarchy between these two categories and invites the audience to consider a making practice where production and art are facets of the same larger whole.

“The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the few art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibition program exposes the larger public to contemporary and traditional metal arts, and acts as a platform to promote and sell the work of local artists and national artists in the metalsmithing field,” said Shane Prada, Director. “For those new to art jewelry, this show is an especially great introduction to the nuances of different approaches within the community. Most of us are aware of retail and art in some regard, but rarely consider the two in conversation.”



The Space Between Us: Deconolizing Abstraction | Opening Reception
Friday, September 2 • 6-8pm
@ Gallery CA

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists have a unique connection to abstraction and the materials that have shaped our understanding of art. Materials are intrinsic to identity, and our individual cultures are the baseline in our understanding of creation. There has historically been a lack of acknowledgment of the abstract and experimental works by these communities. We are BIPOC artists who use abstraction as a method of expression in their work, breaking free from the western canon. This exhibition will include painting, installation, and newer genres of media. –Lily Xiao



Jani Hileman // Adiante Franszoon | Opening Receptions
Friday, September 2 • 6-9pm
@ Creative Alliance

Jani Hileman returns to Creative Alliance with the exhibition “Jani Hileman: Live Sculpting In Baltimore” co-curated by Visual Arts Director Joy Davis. Hileman was engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance (2018-2021) to document the Baltimore music scene by sculpting ceramic portraits of musicians during live performances. The project will be shown at Creative Alliance in 2022. The exhibition runs from September 2nd to October 2nd.

The phrase “Simple and good” is the two-sentence artist statement of the encouraging and gladdening sculptor Adiante Franszoon. He mixes function and design with traditional materials and colorways through inlay and staining. The multipurpose nature of some of the works in the exhibition is a nod to self-sufficiency and practicality. The exhibition showcases handheld mirrors, wood-carved wall hangings and tabletops, and furniture to expand the viewer’s opportunity to see the breadth of Franszoons’ work.



2022 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival
Sunday, September 4 | Ongoing through September 10

We will be sharing stories that show how Black Femmes nourish their imagination, soul and even their bellies. Through our theme NOURISHMENT: The Recipe to Rebirth we will explore: What does it look like when all you can do is be with yourself? Or when community comes through?

Films Screening This Year’s Festival:Defining Femme – Short Film Block

  • the importance of a house by Olamma Oparah, Colbie Fray
  • Code Switch by Davis Alexander James & Micha Lyric Borneo
  • Dear Younger Self by Jac’leen Smith
  • Greed by Amber Danger Johnson
  • Pursuit: A Visual Memoir by Brittany Barker
  • On the Pulse of Life by Jessica Jones
  • The Zoo by Kyisha Williams

Defining Black – Short Film Block

  • Flawless (Irreprochable) by Singa Nixon
  • Don’t Get Got by Kateria Niambi
  • Loyalty by Ana Stella Cunha e Milena Avelar
  • keep what you sow: Homegrown Industries of Baltimore by nia june
  • Ode to Beautiful Breonna by sheila gaskins
  • Abundance by Amber Abundance

Unified Vision – Short Film Block

  • Reel Black: Our Film Stories by Ayan Tani, Emeraude Domingos-Mbuku, Tristen Sutherland
  • There all along women in Trinidad and Tobago Black Power by Dr. Keisha V Thompson
  • Maestras Voluntarias by Catherine Murphy

Other Worlds – Short Film Block

  • la ciguapa siempre by monica moore-suriyage
  • Jordan by Ebony Blanding
  • Adventures by Allegra Earle
  • the funnel by Charlene A Carruthers
  • Daughters of the Sea by Alexis Garcia

Dirty Souf’ – Short Film Block

  • Megan Trufant Tillman by Little Trumpet
  • Akea Breonne by Mississippi Goddamn

A little more about us

BFSFF is an independent homegrown film festival that empowers marginalized communities, particularly Black and queer filmmakers, through media. We have screened over 180 films to thousands of people in 70 cities and 12 countries both virtually and in-person since we launched in 2018. You can read and see more of our work on our website



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Request for Proposals for Graphic Design Services
rolling basis with a target start date of late August 2022/early September 2022
posted by Maryland Film Festival

The Maryland Film Festival invites proposals from qualified firms or freelancers to provide graphic design services. The next festival will take place from May 3-7, 2023, and will be a landmark event as the organization celebrates the 25th or Silver Anniversary for the Maryland Film Festival. The institution will also celebrate the 27th anniversary of one of its signature programs, the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship program, and the 30th anniversary of the organizing entity of the Maryland Film Festival, the Producer’s Club of Maryland.



Queering Americana | Call for Submissions
deadline August 31
posted by the museum of americana

Issue 28 will be: “Queering Americana,” work that queers the focus and perception of traditional Americana. For our August submission period they are particularly interested in works from queer folks, especially queer BIPOC. They are also interested in reading submissions from non queer identifying folks whose work somehow still queers Americana. The museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, and art. They seek work that showcases, examines, or repurposes historical American culture.

General Guidelines: the museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, and art. We seek work that showcases, examines, or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see what you can create. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language from WWII propaganda posters. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.

Submissions of fiction, nonfiction, humor writing, poetry, and art will be read in the months of April, August, and December. Submissions sent at any other time will be deleted unread. Reviews, interviews, and music for American Songbook will be considered all year round.



On the Surface | Call for Entry
deadline September 5
posted by Studio Montclair

Studio Montclair is currently seeking submissions for the exhibition “On the Surface,” which will be on view from October 28 through November 26, 2022 at Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

Artists have stretched, manipulated, and morphed the surface in ways that challenge traditional ideas of what art can be. While surface articulation may range from flat to sculptural, there is a visual tension between the actuality of the object and the space that is simultaneously perceived. Using a variety of materials, artists are building up the plane and playing with dimensionality. They are also creating an illusion of three-dimensionality, which may require the viewer to become aware of his or her sense of form, mass, and space.

Other artists allow the materials and process to create a surface that engages the sense of touch as well as sight, or they may use transparency to enable the viewer to penetrate the surface. From a limitless interiority to a built-out exterior space, the viewer experiences many aspects of spatial ambiguity as well as the intriguing intersection of medium, surface and illusion. For “On the Surface,” Studio Montclair is looking for artists who are examining the limitless boundaries of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional plane.



Annual Open Call for Proposals
deadline September 16
posted by Hillyer Contemporary Art Gallery

Hillyer is accepting proposals for exhibitions to take place between January and December 2023. Through this competitive selection process, accepted artists are awarded a month-long exhibition in one of our three gallery spaces. Hillyer focuses on a combination of emerging and accomplished artists. We accept proposals from regional artists who live within 150 miles of Washington, DC, although considerations are given to international artists, or curators who would like to submit proposals for group shows. Preference will be given to artists who have not had a solo exhibition in the last three years at a museum, professional gallery or art space.



Interdisciplinary Artist Residency Program
deadline September 22
posted by Peter Bullough Foundation

The Peter Bullough Foundation provides residencies for emerging artists and scholars with diverse backgrounds and interests. We hope to create a community that elevates voices that are underserved, including those of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. The ideal applicant will be self-directed, able to work independently, and interested in engaging with the local community. Each awarded residency period is roughly four weeks long and is shared with one or two other artists in residence. Artistic collaborators in groups of two to three may apply in one application. While in residence, artists are required to host a community workshop, lecture, or event virtually or in-person.

The PBF accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, literature, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, music composition, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, theatre, and the visual arts.



$550.00 Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers | Summer 2022 Applications Open
deadline September 25

Innovate Grant  awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (4) honorable mentions (2 in art and 2 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at

Category:Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
: September 15, 2022
US & International
$550.00 USD Grants

Apply Online Today



Call for Art: 2D Temporary Public Art Installation
deadline October 15
posted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) invites artists to propose three images for a temporary public art installation at our main facility. Through this call for art we aim to offer a simple submission process for incisive, surprising, and unique imagery that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, community and/or history of the neighborhood, challenge visitors and passersby, and address important social and political issues. RoCo welcomes visual artists of all genres. RoCo also invites visual artists to collaborate with literary artists as we have previously shown in this location.

The completed series of three images (10’ h x 7’ w) will be exhibited to the public 24/7 for 4-6 months. The duration will be determined with RoCo staff based on the seasons and concept of the project. Artist will receive a $400 stipend & use fee for exhibiting preexisting images. If an artists is interested in creating new works for this submission, please contact the us. All production and installation costs are covered by RoCo. Proposals that utilize this framework alongside a sculptural installation are also welcome. (See separate RFP)

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