Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is the fiscal host for the Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund, a dedicated fund established for one time grants of $500 to Baltimore City resident artists over the age of 18 of any discipline and creative professionals who’ve lost income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many artists rely on public events to sell/perform their art, and suddenly lost their income due to social distancing requirements. An advisory committee reviewed and approved applications and framework based on a clear selection criteria. This grant provided support for direct grants to local artists.
The Hippodrome Foundation introduces Maryland students and community members to the arts via the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. The three buildings that comprise the Hippodrome Theatre welcome 250,000+ patrons annually and offer Broadway shows. The Hippodrome Foundation will complete renovations of the fourth building in the complex – the M&T Bank Pavilion – for use as a community art and event space. The space will be programmed for youth arts education, community performances, and private events.
Chesapeake Shakespeare brings theatre to Baltimore City with productions of Shakespeare and other plays of classic stature. At the end of its 16th season, CSC served more than 32,000 student and patrons. This grant provides support for costs associated with the construction of an elevated and closed pedestrian bridge that would connect the CSC Theater to educational and administrative space in a nearby building.
Arena Players is the oldest continuously operating African-American community theater in the US. A comprehensive renovation of its theater facility will include upgrades to the main stage, a complete renovation of the second and third floors and exterior repairs and improvements. This grant provided support for staff project management.
In support of the 2018 Baltimore Book Festival.
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