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PNC Transformative Art Prize Open!

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and PNC Bank announce the return of the PNC Transformative Art Prize for 2015! The award supports communities in their efforts to improve their surroundings with long-term, lasting visual & performing art projects. Neighborhoods are asked to partner with artists and/or arts organizations to reinvent public spaces using art. Qualified community-based non-profits may be granted funding up to $30,000. An application and guidelines are available atwww.promotionandarts.org/grants. The deadline for submissions isWednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4pm. Award winners are announced in late May. The 2015 PNC Transformative Art Prize is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development. Additional support is provided by PNC Bank.

“This is an amazing opportunity for artists to make a lasting impression on communities throughout the City. Baltimore is home to such amazing mural artistry that have truly become a part of the fabric of our neighborhoods. This is an opportunity not to be missed,” said Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano.

“We are excited to once again partner with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to offer the city’s communities the opportunity to create transformative art,” said Laura Gamble, PNC Bank regional president of Greater Maryland, “These projects serve as gateways to neighborhoods, inviting more residents, and in turn businesses, to the city. This is a great way to show PNC’s continued commitment to community and economic development.”

Interested community groups and artists are encouraged to attend one of the following PNC Transformative Art Prize Information Sessions:

Saturday, March 7, 11am to 12:30pm
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street

Wednesday, March 11, 6pm to 7:30pm
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1531 W. North Avenue

Saturday, March 14, 11am to 12:30pm
Cherry Hill Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 606 Cherry Hill Road

Monday, March 16, 6pm to 7:30pm
Southeast Anchor Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue

Tuesday, March 24, 6pm to 7:30pm
Walbrook Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3203 W. North Avenue

Topics will include details on the prize, visual examples of transformative art and advice on artists and/or arts organization partnerships.

In 2014, five prizes were awarded. The recipients included Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corporation, Creative Alliance, Southwest Community Council, Station North Arts & Entertainment District and Transmodern Age.

For more information on the PNC Transformative Art Prize, call 410-752-8632.

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