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This Week:  Ribbon cutting for Bruce Willen’s Ghost Rivers at B. Willow, MDVLA benefit at Peabody Heights, Christina Delgado’s Pa Mi Gente opening reception at Motor House, Locally Grown Festival at Baltimore Center Stage, The Lost Weekend at Greedy Reads Remington, opening weekend for Chess at Vagabond Players, Creative Alliance’s Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival at Patterson Park, and Fire Fest at Baltimore Clayworks — PLUS Wildacres Residency  and more featured opportunities!


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BmoreArt's Picks: October 25-31 - BmoreArt

Ghost Rivers Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, October 19 :: 5-7pm
@ B. Willow

Join the artist, Blue Water Baltimore, friends, and neighbors to celebrate the first phase of Ghost Rivers— a neighborhood-spanning public art installation and walking tour by Bruce Willen that explores a lost stream and histories buried below Baltimore’s streets.


Thurs. October 19 at B. Willow
5–7PM : Reception w/ light refreshments courtesy Peabody Heights Brewery

5:45PM : Ribbon-cutting & puppet procession featuring the Undergound Water Goddess

B. Willow is located 220 W 27th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

Rain date : Sunday, October 22, 3–5PM
Guided Walking Tours
The artist and Blue Water Baltimore are hosting two guided walking tours in the next month. These tours are also free, but space is limited — register at the links below to reserve a spot:

Public walking tour 1: Sunday, October 22

Public walking tour 2: Saturday, November 11

<About Ghost Rivers & Sumwalt Run
Ghost Rivers is an upcoming neighborhood-spanning, multi-site public art installation and history walking tour by artist Bruce Willen that visualizes a lost stream buried below the streets of Baltimore.

The creek Sumwalt Run vanished from Baltimore’s landscape in the early 1900s. It now flows hidden and mostly forgotten through storm sewers. You can catch echoes of its waters whispering from certain storm drains. Ghost Rivers reveals the hidden history and path of Sumwalt Run, which now flows through underground culverts beneath the Remington and Charles Village neighborhoods. Through a series of installations, wayfinding markers, and writings Ghost Rivers brings lost landscapes and histories to the surface. Along the way the project draws connections between Baltimore’s watershed, its social history, and the evolving relationships between natural and human environments.

Before Sumwalt Run’s ignoble turn as concrete culvert, it witnessed eras of Baltimore’s urban history. Its frozen waters appeared in ice boxes across the city, cut from the city’s first commercial ice pond and a later artificial ice factory. Trolley tracks crossed its ravine, bringing workers home from downtown factories. The Olmsted Company attempted to preserve part of the stream as a greenway, but real estate developers filled its valley (using debris from the Great Baltimore Fire of 1905, according to local lore). When Baltimore built a new sewer system in the early 20th century, Sumwalt Run and dozens of other creeks across the city were turned into buried storm sewers and disappeared from memory. Ghost Rivers reveals these hidden histories and offers a glimpse into past and future city landscapes.



Jam for Bread – An artistic fundraising event benefiting MDVLA
Thursday, October 19 :: 6-8pm
@ Peabody Heights Brewery

rs for the Arts!
Music! Art! Food! And we are Dressing UP!
Music by The Jennifers, The Storage Unit Collective, DJ Eddible, The Little Prince!
Caricatures by Jes Raschella
Mini Tarot Card Readings by Cheryl Fair

Incredible silent auction artwork from some of Baltimore’s most talented artists, gift certificates galore from amazing people/places and things!
Enjoy a (short and sweet) night out on the town for a great cause.



Pa Mi Gente curated by Christina Delgado | Opening Reception
Thursday, October 19 :: 6-8pm | Ongoing through December 5
@ Motor House

Pa Mi Gente is the first art exhibition of its kind to showcase 9 Puerto Rican artists local to Baltimore (current & past). Tola’s Room is more than thrilled to be a part of this mark on Baltimore history.

In partnership with The Royal Blue, Tola’s Room will continue the celebration for the Pa Mi Gente afterparty featuring DJs RíoSees from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, October 19th from 9PM-1AM.

Exhibition Dates
October 19-December 5

Opening Reception: October 19- 6-8pm
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: December 5



Locally Grown Festival
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22
@ Baltimore Center Stage

Meet the creatives who put the “charm” in Charm City! The Locally Grown Festival will bring together local performers, artists, and makers for a weekend of fresh voices, local connection, and theater in all its forms. Join us for this inaugural celebration of Baltimore’s brilliant, eccentric, and thriving arts ecology.



The Lost Weekend
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22
@ Greedy Reads Remington

Baltimore independent bookstore Greedy Reads announces the second annual Lost Weekend, a three-day literary, arts, and community festival from Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2023, in and around the Remington bookstore at 320 W. 29th Street, Baltimore MD, 21211. The festival celebrates the vibrant and unique culture that makes Baltimore “The City That Reads.” Admission to The Lost Weekend is free and events are on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is available here.

The Lost Weekend highlights include the launch of Baltimore photojournalist J.M. Giordano’s new photography book covering a decade of Baltimore activism, 13-23; Nicole Chung, author of the memoir A Living Remedy, in conversation with Baltimore author Jung Yun; a dive into queer horror with Kosoko Jackson, author of The Forest Demands Its Due, and Gerardo Sámano Córdova, author of Monstrilio; poet José Olivarez, author of the collection Promises of Gold, in conversation with Baltimore writer Sylvia Jones; Jamila Minnicks, author of Moonrise Over New Jessup, and Kim Coleman Foote, author of Coleman Hill, in conversation about their debut novels; and many more! The festival will be emceed by Baltimore writers Bry Reed and Nate Brown.

“I’ve been blown away by the literary community in Baltimore since the day Greedy Reads opened, and I’m so happy to be able to celebrate it in this way,” said Julia Fleischaker, owner of Greedy Reads. “The community really showed up for us, and for each other, last year, and we can’t wait to do it again.”

The Lost Weekend will also feature vendors and food options outside the store, including Cocina Luchadores, Glizzy’s, Doppio Pasticceria, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Reading Partners, along with local artists and makers. The complete vendor list will be available soon.



Friday, October 20 | Ongoing through November 19
@ Vagabond Players

Vagabond Players is thrilled to begin its 108th season with the highly acclaimed musical CHESS – music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, lyrics by Tim Rice (based on an idea by Tim Rice) and directed by Stephen Deininger.

During the height of the Cold War, the renowned game of chess becomes a battleground for romantic rivalries, super-power politics, and international intrigue as two great chess masters, an American and a Russian, meet to fight it out for the world championship and the love of one woman. From Tyrol to Thailand, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental score by the ABBA team that includes such classics as “One Night in Bangkok” an “Heaven Help My Heart.”

CHESS opens Friday, Oct. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19, with weekly performances Fridays/Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and a special $16 Thursdays on Broadway performance on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

For tickets and show info visit  Special group rates are available online.

Located at 806 S. Broadway in historic Fells Point, the Vagabond Players is easily accessible to patrons

CHESS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.



The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival

The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival
Saturday, October 21 :: 4pm
@ Patterson Park

Presented by Creative Alliance & The Friends of Patterson Park
Saturday, October 21, 2023 | Rain Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023

Patterson Park – Pulaski Monument
4pm Festival, 6:30pm Parade Line-up, 7pm Parade
Kids & Family Costume Contest: Registration for kids and families begins at 3:30pm, Contest begins at 4:30pm

With over 20 years of monumental lantern making and spectacle-creating under their belts, the diverse communities of Baltimore come together each year to create The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival in Patterson Park!

The day begins with a family festival, featuring an adorable kids costume contest, lantern making, pop-up performances, an arts & crafts market, and more. Grab a picnic blanket for your family and friends and enjoy an array of food and treats from local food trucks and enjoy the afternoon.

Once the sun sets, the magic begins. Dragons, mythical creatures, and spirits parade through Patterson Park surrounded by bright and beautiful music. Everyone is welcome to grab a lantern and march with thousands of neighbors, artists, musicians, and performers. Many more line the parade route to watch the delightful Great Halloween Lantern Parade wind through the night!!



Fire Fest 2023
Saturday, October 21 :: 5-8pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Fire, both seductive and wild, is essential in creating ceramic wares. Join the Baltimore Clayworks community for the unexpected during our expedition of firing techniques from around the world.

Watch live demonstrations! Experience Raku kiln firings, with origins tracing back to China and Japan, and an Obvara kiln firing, lead by professor Trisha Kyner of CCBC, with origins in the Baltic region of Eastern Europe.  Both ceramic firing processes are thrilling and involve pulling clay vessels from a 1650°F kiln and then quickly plunging them into cooler materials that shock the glaze and create mesmerizing markings.

Test your clay skills! Sign up to participate in the Clay Olympics, multiple competitions and feats of strength that will take your clay skills to new heights – literally. Winners will earn handmade clay prizes.

Throughout Fire Fest and the weekend, you can also experience Baltimore Clayworks’ Community Woodfiring of our Noborigama kiln, the first Japanese ascending kiln built in this region. Wood Kiln Technician Jeremy Wallace will lead Towson University, CCBC Essex, and Morgan State University students through the two-day firing process. During this time, the kiln must be fed wood, day and night, to reach 2300°F.  Vessels take on a rich variety of colorful flashing and unpredictable glaze effects from either the wood ash or soda chamber. After a week of cooling, pieces emerge with markings from their nights spent dancing with fire.

Fire Fest Admission Ticket includes:

  • Access to multiple demonstrations
  • Live music from The Honey Dewdrops – Baltimore-based experimental folk duo
  • Two sliders from Abbey Burger (beef, turkey and vegetarian options)
  • 1 Union Craft Beer, Wine from Boordy Vineyards, Hex Ferments Kombucha, Hot Coffee or Hot Cider from Southeastern Roastery or other non-alcoholic beverage
  • Eligibility to enter the Clay Olympics – sign up at Fire Fest

Proceeds from this event will ensure the continuation of the incredible artistic and educational programs housed at Baltimore Clayworks’ Mt. Washington studio and gallery and in locations around Baltimore City through our Community Arts program. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with friends and family and make a difference by supporting clay artists of all ages and abilities across the Baltimore region.



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dreaming of a beyond, Levester Williams

Cast Calling for Independent Art Video
deadline October 19
posted by Levester Williams

Gender: Woman, Non-Binary Person, Trans Woman
Race: African-American; preferably, with multiple generational ties to Baltimore
Age: 18 – 100
Location: Multiple outdoor locations in Downtown Baltimore
Union: Non-Union
Payment: $120 per day (4 hours max per day)
Production Date: November 3rd; (Hold November 4th for rain or possible additional filming date)
Role Type: Principal
Fitting: No fitting required (arrive on site as you are)
Experience Required: All experiences welcome
Submission Material: Email of interest to [email protected]
Submission Due Date: October 19, 2023

Project Description:

The art project illuminates the intertwined history of African-Americans’ plight to full citizenship and a stone emblematic of the U.S. democracy—Cockeysville marble. Through filmed site performances, Black persons idiosyncratically touch the stone to dream beyond the paradoxes of our democracy.

For submission of interest, please contact Levester Williams, the artist, at [email protected]. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.



Intersection: Identity and Culture – Call for Entries
deadline October 22
posted by Falls Church Arts

Most people explore the deep question of personal identity at some point in their lives. Identity can be expressed in many ways, including in terms of the self, environment, cultural influences, and gender. For this exhibit, artists are invited to share works expressing the intersection of their identity and their culture of origin or the culture in which they find themselves.

Exhibition: November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Location: Falls Church Arts Gallery and online
Juror: Fabiola R. Delgado

Submissions Due: Sunday, October 22, midnight



Under $500
deadline October 30
posted by Maryland Art Place

Have your work noticed and purchased by local buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for “UNDER $500”, our upcoming winter benefit exhibition & affordable art sale. The exhibition will include approximately 1-3 works by each selected artist (scale dependant – in the case of smaller works more than 3 pieces may be accepted). Each individual piece must retail for $500 or less. If selected you will be issued an UNDER $500 profile form to fill out with anecdotal information to help better engage patrons with the artists and their work alike.

UNDER $500:
Application Form 

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Wildacres Residency Program
deadline October 31

In 1999, Wildacres Retreat opened our residency program for artists. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to host hundreds of writers, artisans, and musicians. Participants in the program stay in one of three self-catering cabins located just a quarter-mile beyond the retreat entrance. One of the cabins is completely ADA compliant and another can house two residents working on a project together.

Using the space provided by the three cabins, Wildacres hosts approximately seventy artists each year for one-week residencies from April through October. Residencies begin on Monday afternoons and run until Sunday mornings. While there are landlines at each residency cabin, there is no internet access in the cabins, and cellphones do not typically connect except in the main part of the retreat where we do have WiFi access. The residency program allows artists the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project in their particular field of creative arts. Past residents tell us that being able to work in such a secluded, natural setting provides them with an unparalleled opportunity to step away from outside distractions and completely focus on their work.



Zaratan Air Residency
deadline October 31

Driven by the desire to intensify and exchange knowledge with artists through creative and productive practices, in 2015 Zaratan announced the promotion of an international art residency. Our goal is to mix experienced with emerging artists and give them the possibility to bring their work in an experimental context through exchange and collaboration within the local network. The artists-in-residence at Zaratan are given the opportunity to develop a project over a fixed period of time, and to reflect and consolidate their artistic practice in the specific context of Lisbon.

We provide private accommodation, 24/7 private working studio, technical assistance, promotion and communication support, open public presentation of the residency process. Although labs and technique-specific facilities are not available, we will do our best to fulfill your needs, providing logistical support for producing work and events within our network of partners and collaborators. All artists are encouraged and welcome to share the outcome of their residency through talks, performance, open studios or other format o publi presentations.



Pillars Art Fellowship
deadline October 31
posted by Pillars Fund

While Muslims are at the center of much of today’s news and entertainment media, few Muslims are in a position to shape those stories. New research from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative uncovers the unfortunate consequences this lack of access has on the narratives told on screen. As a partner on this research, Pillars Fund is making a commitment to invest in Muslim artists who can shift the lens through which our stories are told to one that is complex, accurate, and honest.

The Pillars Artist Fellowship—created by Pillars in partnership with Riz Ahmed and Left Handed Films—champions and mentors Muslim directors and writers whose presence behind the screen will be game-changing for the film and television industries. In addition to an unrestricted award of $25,000, each fellow will receive mentorship from industry experts on how to navigate the business of Hollywood, professional development and creative guidance in their fields, and access to a trailblazing advisory committee of award-winning Muslim actors, directors, producers and writers.

The 2024-25 Pillars Artist Fellowship applications are now open from October 3 to October 31, 2023. Apply here! Visit our FAQ page for more information.



Moab Arts Reuse Residency
deadline October 31

Moab Arts Reuse Residency’s (MARR) mission is to challenge the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art, community, and waste systems. The Moab area is highly impacted by the tourism industry and, as a result, waste management. By facilitating artists’ direct engagement with the waste stream, MARR encourages resident artists to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and to thoughtfully re-assess their processes of material sourcing and waste disposal.
Through a 4-week residency, the program offers artists housing*, studio space, project and community facilitation, a stipend, and access to materials at local waste disposal sites. As a component of each residency, artists spend time providing opportunities for learning, dialog and enrichment within the community.



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