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Our Mission
To make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city by:

  • Producing high-quality special events, festivals and arts programming that stimulate communities economically, artistically and culturally.
  • Inspiring and promoting literary, performing and visual arts, and artists.
  • Celebrating Baltimore's rich, diverse heritage while enhancing the quality of life and sense of community for all residents.
  • Forging partnerships that make Baltimore a premiere visitor destination.
  • Managing cultural and historic attractions.
  • Generating positive local, national and international publicity about Baltimore.


Our Commitment
  • To produce festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City.
  • To address the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support.
  • To develop and administer funds, grant programs and community workshops.

Our Experience

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, produces events and arts programs as well as manages several facilities. It is the official Baltimore City Arts Council. 

BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape which is America’s largest free arts festival,  Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. In the past, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate or assist with large-scale city events.  The activities include the Ravens Rally Super Bowl Send-Off and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade in 2001 and 2013; Miss USA in 2005 and 2006; Baltimore's Celebration of the Army-Navy Game in 2000 and 2007; the Star-Spangled Salute to Michael Phelps in 2008, the Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012 and the NFL Kick-Off in 2013. Currently, BOPA is preparing for exciting upcoming events in 2014 including the Star-Spangled Spectacular.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Free Fall Baltimore, PNC Transformative Art Project, MECU Neighborhood Grant Program and Bright StArts Workshops For Children. BOPA oversees historic attractions and sites including the Top of the World Observation Level, School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters and the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

For information on any of the events or services provided by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, please call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

Please click on the below link to download the Economic Impact Study of Nonprofits Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the City of Baltimore 2012, Artscape 2009, Baltimore Book Festival 2009 and Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2010.

-Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofits Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the City of Baltimore

-Audience Research and Economic Impact Study of Artscape 2009

-Audience Research and Economic Impact Study of the Baltimore Book Festival 2009

-Audience Research and Economic Impact Study of Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2010

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD  21202
410-752-8632


      
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