Thursday, April 02, 2020

The Coronavirulization of Art: Call For Baltimore Artists

Call For Artists 

Downtown Groups Lauch #ArtOfBaltimore:
Campaign is part of a larger series of Coronavirus responses Planned by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
BALTIMORE – To help support local artists and spark positive energy as we adjust to the economic and cultural impact of the COVID-19 virus, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB)Maryland Art Place, and the BROMO Arts & Entertainment District, have launched #ArtOfBaltimore. This campaign with a heart will display works by local artists on digital signage throughout Downtown Baltimore neighborhoods.

“With so many hospitals, first responders, restaurant workers, and residents, Downtown is still a busy place. We wanted to do something that both supports local artists and brings uplifting imagery to public spaces,” said Shelonda Stokes, Downtown Partnership’s Interim President. “Art is healing for the soul.”

#ArtOfBaltimore is one of several new programs being rolled out by Downtown Partnership beginning this week. As the leading advocate for property owners, businesses, and nearly 43,000 residents in the heart of Central Maryland, DPOB is preparing a multi-pronged strategy to help people through the unprecedented economic and social challenges associated with the Coronavirus. The initiatives include direct assistance to businesses, informational webinars, and promotions to help restaurants and artists.

For #ArtOfBaltimore, a call went out on Tuesday for works by local artists, in any original medium, that will be displayed on Baltimore’s 13 Interactive Kiosks (IKEs) and the large format video sign on the track level at Penn Station. Each artist will receive a licensing fee and additional promotion of their work on DPOB social media channels.

The campaign will begin displaying the art on Monday, April 6, and will run for 10+ weeks, with a rotating set of two artists featured every 14 days. Selected artists will receive a $250 licensing fee per unique artwork featured on the IKE kiosks, as well as promotion on all usages of artworks. Artist name, artwork title, website and/or social media handles will be included or linked wherever possible.

The Call for Artists and details about #ArtOfBaltimore are posted at:

Daily updates about other Coronavirus assistance programs will be posted there in the coming days and weeks.