The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance has begun collecting submissions for their new grant: The Rubys. The Rubys was created this year with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to provide project-based funding for new and established artists in the Baltimore area. Performing, visual, media, and literary artists who are doing work intended to impact their community are encouraged to apply for The Rubys Grant. The program will award up to $10,000 to an artist in each of the four grant categories: Performing Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts.
To be eligible for the grant, an artist must be:
- A resident of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County at the time of application and when the grant is awarded.
- A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
- At least 21 years old.
- An active practicing artist who has pursued their profession in their chosen discipline for more than three years
Applications are currently being accepted and the application deadline is February 2, 2014. For more information on the application process, to apply, or for further information about the grant please visit here.
Parks & People will be hosting grant workshops for three grants to fund community greening projects. The grants, which focus on community-led greening and service projects, would be a great opportunity for artists, community members, and organizations to receive funding to start or continue community projects.
Those interested in playground restoration and programs that support public parks can apply for the Partnership for Parks Grants. The grants provide awards ranging from $500-$5,000 and are co-sponsored through Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks and the Parks & People Foundation. Individuals and organizations interested in applying for the Partnerships for Parks Grants must attend a free workshop on either:Tuesday, June 11, 2013 -or- Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:00—8:00pm Rec & Parks Office, Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Dr., Baltimore 21217
Community gardens, vacant lot restoration, and environmental education activities are just some of aims of the Neighborhood Greening & Clean Water Grants. The Clean Water Mini-Grant can provide up to $250 in funds for recipients, while the Neighborhood Greening Grant awards up to $1,000 in funds. Those interested in applying for either of the Neighborhood Green/Water grants must attend one of the following free workshops:Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m. Parks & People Foundation, Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010, Baltimore Tuesday, June 4, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m. Zeta Center for Healthy & Active Aging, 4501 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m. Bon Secours Community Works, 26 North Fulton Avenue, Baltimore Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:00—8:00 p.m. HEBCAC, 1212 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore
Two additional great resources for artists, community members, and organizations interested in greening spaces in Baltimore to check out are Baltimore Green Space and Power in Dirt. These resources can help provide an idea of what is available and some of what is already going on in Baltimore.
Tomorrow evening, Saturday March 23rd the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center will be filled with two floors of dancing. Dancing for a Cause, the second annual fundraiser for Jubilee Arts, celebrates the many dance styles that originated within Harlem and have continued to grow across the country. The styles of Chicago Step, Hand Dance, and Line Dance, which will be highlighted at the event, are taught at Jubilee Arts “as a way to preserve and revive the legacy of arts in the African-American community.” In addition to an evening of dancing, guests will also enjoy light fare, performances, door prizes, and auctions. Dancing for a Cause is particularly timely following last month’s social and news media obsession with the Harlem Shake videos. Coverage of the videos were often void of any conversations regarding the dance /videos’ cultural or historical significance, highlighting how important and needed Jubilee Arts’ work is.
All proceeds for the event will help support the operations of Jubilee Arts and their programming which focuses on providing low cost dance, visual arts, creative writing and ceramics classes/programs to Baltimore communities of all ages.
Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased ahead of time online.
That term, coined over a decade ago by urban theorist Richard Florida, encompasses a wide array of architects, designers, performers, painters, writers, educators, entrepreneurs, and even scientists whom Florida cites as comprising nearly one-third of the U.S. workforce. According to Florida, these creators and innovators constitute the single biggest hope for urban economic revitalization. Inspired by Florida’s vision, cities including Baltimore created housing and development incentives to attract and retain members of the “creative class.”
A visit to Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District on a random Friday night would seem to bear out this promise. Within the space of a few blocks, one can listen to a hip-hop duo perform at Joe Squared, catch a play at Single Carrot Theatre, attend a reading at Cyclops Books, or experience a Baltimore Rock Opera Society show at the newly restored Autograph Playhouse. These are but a few indicators of Baltimore’s surging arts scene, which has led some to claim that the city is in the midst of a cultural renaissance.
Yet underlying these signs of vibrancy are some disquieting economic figures. Timberg cites data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bureau of Labor Statistics that reveal falling revenues and job opportunities for performing arts companies, musical groups, and individual artists, as well as architects, graphic designers, and photographers. Even as the U.S. begins to emerge from economic recession, the labor market prospects for artists and other creatives remain grim.
If Baltimore is serious about tapping the full potential of the “creative class,” the city and state need to build on the investments they have made
in the city’s cultural landscape. Official arts districts like Station North, Highlandtown, and the soon-to-be-designated Westside/downtown arts district represent one strategy for creating jobs, providing artist housing, and increasing the city’s cultural vibrancy. These are promising initiatives that should be sustained and expanded.
Creators and consumers of the arts can also play a vital role by working with groups like Maryland Citizens for the Arts to advocate for increased public funding for artists, arts, organizations, and cultural activities.
At the Art + Justice Project, we believe that arts can be a tool for positive social change. In order to help bring that change about, we need ensure that artists have the resources to produce their work and contribute to the common good.
The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) believes the arts are a critical component of vibrant neighborhoods and a vibrant city, and therefore intends to make grants to programs that engage neighborhood residents in making art that benefits their communities; and forge partnerships among established arts institutions, community-based arts organizations, grassroots artists, and local neighborhoods.
BCF’s Neighborhood Grants Program provides Community Arts Grants of up to $7,500 to support projects conducted in partnership by neighborhood groups, local artists, and arts organizations to increase neighborhood vibrancy.
Applicant organizations must either have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or apply through a nonprofit fiscal agent. Examples of suitable projects include:
- An artist residency with a community organization
- An arts project as part of an organizing/advocacy campaign
- Professional development for a local artist who will use her new skills to design a neighborhood project
Applications for this first round of 2012 Community Arts Funding are due May 15, 2012. A second round of applications will be considered later in the year.
Download the application in MS Word format.