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Curator of Collections
deadline December 19
posted by Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum seeks an experienced and visionary Curator of Collections to join our team. The Curator of Collections will be responsible for the care, development, and exhibition of the museum’s collections.

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies or related degree from an accredited college or university, as well as five years of experience in collections management and five years of curatorial experience. This experience must include two years of supervisory or managerial experience.

The Curator of Collections position is essential to preserving cultural heritage, fostering education, and creating meaningful and impactful museum experiences.

This position is a full-time State of Maryland Special Appointment under the Maryland Commission on African American History & Culture, which operates the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The deadline to apply is December 19th.

Join us in our mission to preserve Maryland’s African American history!



CALL FOR VENDORS & EXHIBITORS – The Buzz of the Bizarre: Mead, Macabre, & Marvels of Charm City
deadline January 5
posted by Charm City Meadworks

Can you BEElieve it? Charm City Meadworks is excited to announce their First Annual Curiosity Expo, “The Buzz of the Bizarre: Mead, Macabre, & Marvels of Charm City” and is seeking Vendors and Exhibitors working in the macabre, taxidermy, entomology or generally with weird and wonderful subjects. The Curiosity Expo is set to be a unique celebration of innovation, creativity, and the exploration of curiosity. Hosted at Charm City Meadworks, a hub of artistry and craftsmanship, this event promises to bring together a diverse and strange array of vendors and exhibitors showcasing their eccentric talents.

This unBEElivable Curiosity Expo is a thoughtfully curated event that unites individuals who appreciate the eccentric and peculiar aspects of life. Attendees can expect to indulge in a unique shopping experience, workshops ( including mount your own Charm City Bee), and live screenings. Additional programming TBA. Apply today to find out what the BUZZ is all about.

Event Details:

  • ●  Event Name: The Buzz of the Bizarre: Mead, Macabre, & Marvels of Charm City
  • ●  Event Dates: Saturday, January 27 | 6 pm to 10 pm & Sunday, January 28 | 12 pm to 4 pm
  • ●  Location: Charm City Meadworks, 400 E BIDDLE STREET, BALTIMORE, MD, 21202
  • ●  Contact information: phone: (443) 961-1072 | website:| email: info@charmcitymeadworks Timeline:
  • ●  Call Announced – Friday, December 1st
  • ●  Deadline to Submit – Friday, January 5th
  • ●  Notice of Acceptance – Week of January 12th
  • ●  Set up – Friday, January 26th 10am – 5pm
  • ●  Event – Saturday, January 27th – 6pm to 10pm & Sunday, January, 28th – 12pm to 4pm
  • ●  Break down- Monday, January 29 – 10 am to 2pmWe Are Seeking:
  • ●  Artisans and Craftsmen showcasing your handmade crafts, artworks, and unique creations that epitomize curiosity and innovation.
  • ●  Workshop Hosts: Present interactive and engaging workshops that promote curiosity to include: entomological mounting, build your own terrarium, cyanotype printing with bones and MORE!
  • ●  Exhibitors & Vendors who explore a world of unique and intriguing offerings that beckon the curious mind, inviting patrons to delve deeper into the extraordinary.

Interested vendors and exhibitors are encouraged to complete the online application form by Friday, January 5th @ Midnight. For any inquiries or further assistance, please contact: info@charmcitymeadworks



Baltimore Area Non-Equity Auditions
January 6 + 7
posted by Baltimore Small Stage Coalition

The Baltimore Small Stage Coalition will hold an audition event January 6th and 7th, 2024, at Arena Players (801 McCulloh Street in Baltimore). There, performers will have the opportunity to be seen by a variety of non-equity theater companies from Baltimore City and neighboring counties.

Advance registration is required. There is no charge for performers to audition. Theater companies and independent producers/directors can attend for a small fee, which will grant year-round access to a digital database of participating auditioners.

Full details are available at

The Baltimore Small Stage Coalition was born in 2022 with the express purpose of
restarting collective auditions for small and non-equity theaters in the Baltimore
Metropolitan Area. We are committed to mutual support, advocacy, and collaboration to benefit the rich network of non-equity theaters and practitioners in
our area.

This event is hosted by a community group comprising organizations focused around varied values, genres, and practices. This event is meant to be open to all by design.

Participants should make their own educated judgements regarding the organizations and individuals with whom they wish to work. Our founding member companies include Arena Players, Inc., Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Fells Point Corner Theatre, On the Road Theater Company, Rapid Lemon Productions, Strand Theater Company, and Vagabond Players.

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Maryland State Arts



Call for Artists: Two Sculptural Bus Shelters in the Heart of the Hyattsville (The Canvas Apartments – Urban Investment Partners)
deadline January 7
posted by Hyattsville Community Development Corporation

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, on behalf of Hyattsville Town One LLC and Urban Investment Partners (UIP), is accepting artist proposals for the design and fabrication of two (2) sculpturally-devised bus shelters for placement at two (2) locations adjacent to Canvas Apartments in Downtown Hyattsville.

PROJECT BACKGROUND: The Canvas Apartments are planned as a mixed-use, infill development within walking distance to an engaged community eager to socialize around arts production and entertainment. The property abuts the iconic Hyattsville Armory, an historic, National Register-listed building currently the home of the Crossover Church and is located just two miles from both the Washington DC eastern border and from the University of Maryland, College Park campus along the historic US Route 1 corridor. Canvas Apartments are situated prominently at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Hamilton St and will consist of 285 apartments, 32,000 square feet of ground floor retail uses, two public-serving piazzas, a contemporary lobby infused with local artwork, garage-based parking, and bike storage. The residence features urbanist motifs described as energizing, destination-building, and having a joyful vibe.

The project is compliance-mandated, but privately-funded and intended to engage Downtown Hyattsville & Arts District Hyattsville stakeholders and visitors. The bus shelter placements will be provided outside of the newly constructed Canvas Apartments as a means of enhancing the project itself while simultaneously promoting and improving the transit use experience. The property will also host a Capital Bikeshare station. The shelter placements are also nearby to other downtown shopping destinations and will serve and enhance all adjacent developments.

The first bus shelter will serve southbound Route One commuters (users of WMATA F8, 83, and The Bus # 17) and is to be located at the near center of the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue and calls for an iconic, contemporary, sculptural treatment for the bus shelter. The second placement calls for a like structure for east/southbound commuters (users of WMATA F8) on Jefferson Street. Installation for the bus shelters is to be completed by April 26, 2024 to ensure delivery in advance of Canvas’ grand opening in late spring, 2024.

Eligibility: Individual artists or artist teams from the greater metropolitan area or within 65 miles are eligible to respond. Locally established or emerging sculptors, woodworkers, metal-workers, and artists of any durable media are most welcomed. Prince George’s County-based artists are strongly encouraged to submit their work for consideration.



Baltimore Farmers’ Market applications open for the 2024 season
deadline January 8

Applications for the 2024 season of The Baltimore Farmers’ Market are now open! There are more applications than in seasons past in order to accommodate different types of artists and organizations.

  • New applications include:
    Buskers & Street Performers
    Food Vendors
    Alcohol Vendors
    Corporate Sponsors & Nonprofits

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Check each application for specific rules and requirements.



The 2024 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize
deadline January 16
posted by BOPA

Started in 2006, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize, which is is supported in part by the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council, awards $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. Approximately three finalists will be selected for the final review for the prizes and their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum. The prize also awards two residencies to finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize: a six-week, fully funded residency at Civitella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy, and a residency at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore.

The purpose of the Sondheim Art Prize, and the finalists’ exhibition, is to assist in furthering the careers of visual artists or visual artist collaborators living and working in the greater Baltimore region. The prize is named in honor of Janet & Walter Sondheim, both of whom were instrumental in furthering arts & culture in Baltimore City. Janet Sondheim danced with the pioneering Denishawn Dancers, a legendary dance troupe founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Walter Sondheim, Jr. was one of Baltimore’s most important civic leaders for over 50 years. He was deeply involved in the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor and continued to be civically active until his death in 2007, serving as the senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore Committee.



Good Hart Artist Residency
deadline January 8

Our mission is to nurture artists, writers, and composers from various backgrounds and artistic disciplines and to connect them with the local community in enriching experiences that empower people through the arts in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.



Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency
deadline January 10

Established in 2007, Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR) is an artist-centric nonprofit residency that awards an international community of artists the gifts of time and space amidst the extraordinary natural beauty of Joshua Tree National Park. Seven week residencies include scholarship funds, living accommodations, and studio space designed to accommodate a broad range of artistic activity and open studio events. JTHAR respects the critical role artists play in our society, and it aims to foster creativity, trust, courage, diversity and acceptance by facilitating opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local community. JTHAR establishes space for inspiration to happen, so artists can do the work of innovating, changing the cultural landscape and generating a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world.



2023 Booooooom Photo Awards
deadline January 12

Calling all photographers! The Booooooom Photo Awards are back and open for submissions! We have 5 award categories to submit to: Portrait, Nature, Street, Colour, Shadows. We’re going even bigger this year with the help of our friends at Format. We’ll be awarding each category winner a $1,000 USD cash prize, editorial and social coverage, and a feature in a printed publication. We also have 3 Format websites with lifetime subscriptions up for grabs.

Format is an online portfolio builder specializing in the needs of photographers, artists, and designers. Unlike other web builders, Format’s portfolio and studio management tools are specifically designed to meet the needs of creative professionals. With nearly 100 professionally designed website templates and thousands of design variables, you can showcase your work your way, with no coding required. The Workflow studio management tools allow you to create branded client proofing galleries, transfer files and more. You can also sell your work commission free through the Format store feature. If you want to learn more about Format, check out their website here or start a 14-day free trial.

Everyone is welcome to submit one image to these awards for FREE. Members enjoy unlimited submissions and unlimited images for all award categories. If you want to submit more than one image or compete in multiple categories, consider becoming a member here!

Don’t miss out! This is your chance to get your work seen – and not just by our own Booooooom community! In addition to the $5,000 USD in cash prizes and bragging rights, all 5 winners (and 20 shortlisted photographers) will be featured in, and receive a copy of, a special mini photo publication. Designed specifically to showcase your work, this zine will not be for sale but will be sent to curators and editors we respect. Winners and runners-up will also receive editorial coverage on Booooooom and promotion across all our social channels.



Alonzo Davis Fellowship
deadline January 15
posted by Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Renowned visual artist and educator Alonzo Davis came to VCCA as a Fellow for the first time in 1995 through a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a member of the VCCA Fellows Council (1999-2003) and served as chair of that group. He joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and in 2007 challenged VCCA to create a permanent, fully-funded, two-week residency for outstanding American writers, visual artists, and composers of African or Latin American descent: the Alonzo Davis Fellowship.



Artistic Research Fellowships 2024-2025
deadline January 15
posted by Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Institute Artistic Research Fellowships are open to all artists whose work would benefit from significant primary research related to the histories, concepts, art, and objects of the early modern world (ca. 1400-1800) and its legacies. Artistic applicants are not required to hold a formal degree, but should describe their training and level of industry-specific experience in their CV.

Artistic applicants may apply for one, two, or three months of research support, with a stipend of $4,000 per month, taken any time between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025. For the 2024-25 fellowship year, artistic fellows will have the option to take fellowships fully onsite at the Folger, fully virtual, or a combination of the two. Applicants may propose the research schedule that best fits their project’s needs.

The deadline for Artistic Research Fellowship applications is January 15, 2024.



Maryland Film Festival | Call for Submissions
extended deadline January 15

The Maryland Film Fest is now accepting submissions for our 25th Festival Celebration, May 2-5, 2024. We are seeking top-notch moving image work from Baltimore, from Maryland, and from all over the world, in short and feature-length formats.

Repeatedly named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals In the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, we’re thrilled to be back in 2024 and are planning a full, fun and festive 25th anniversary Celebration! Get ready to screen your film live at the historic Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre and other select locations in Baltimore, Maryland.

Join hundreds of fellow filmmakers – including alums like Barry Jenkins,
Greta Gerwig, Kathryn Bigelow, Stanley Nelson, Josephine Decker, Terence Nance and more – in a unique, accessible, competition-free atmosphere created solely for the love and enjoyment of film.



The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
deadline January 17

Applications for the 2024 Individual Support Grant will open on October 16, 2023. The application deadline for the 2024 grant cycle is January 17, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST.

The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

Please note that these grants are available only to individual painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have worked in a mature phase of art for 20 years or more.

The Gottlieb Foundation does not fund organizations, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, or those working in crafts. The disciplines of photography, film, video, or related forms are not eligible unless the work directly involves, or can be interpreted as, painting or sculpture. The Foundation does not fund exhibitions, installations, or projects of any kind.

Last year, the Foundation awarded grants of $25,000 each to 20 artists.



Teaching Artist Academy
deadline January 19
posted by Arts for Learning Maryland

Taking place between February and May 2024, the Teaching Artist Academy is a joyful, high quality, holistic professional development program for artists interested in bringing their creativity to the classroom and supporting student learning. Artists will receive compensation for the training and, upon successful completion of the program, will be given priority consideration for full or part-time positions in Arts for Learning’s summer, after-school, and in-school arts-integrated programs. AND we are hosting a Nibbles and Networking event on the last day of the program where we will invite cultural partners who are seeking teaching artists.

By joining the Teaching Artist Academy, artists will learn to authentically integrate their art form into classroom instruction. They’ll join a community of artists committed to addressing structural racism and will expand their practices in support of teaching and learning to have an impact on the lives of students through abolitionist teaching and equity training.

The application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 19. Artists considering joining the Academy are invited to attend a virtual info session on Thursday, December 14  at 1pm or Thursday, January 4 at 5pm.



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