- 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.
- 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.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, tasked with producing events and arts programs as well as managing several facilities.
BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, which routinely attract hundreds of thousands of spectators; Artscape, which serves more than 350,000 people each year; Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, Baltimore Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. In the past, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate some of the city's biggest logistical challenges. The activities include the Cal Ripken Jr. Streak Parade and first ever Papal Parade for Pope John Paul II, both in 1996; the Pep Rally to welcome the Baltimore Ravens in 1998; Ravens Rally Super Bowl Send-Off and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade in 2001; 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 2010 Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit; the Baltimore Grand Prix, the Star-Spangled Banner Sailabration 2012 and the Salute to Maryland's Olympians 2012.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Baltimore Mural Program, Free Fall Baltimore, PNC Neighborhood Grant Program and Bright StArts Workshops For Children. In additional, 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 e-mail one of our knowledgeable staff members.
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.
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202