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Fort Worthington Inspire Community Garden Project

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Department of Planning (DOP) seek a creative community-based artist or artist team for the Fort Worthington INSPIRE Community Garden Project. The artist/artist team will work with Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School and community organizations to create new artistic elements for a neighborhood garden being created near the school (2710 E. Hoffman St., Baltimore, MD 21213). An artist can receive up to $35,000 for the project. The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 30 at 5pm. The application is available at www.promotionandarts.org. The project is supported by the Percent for Public Art program managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the INSPIRE program managed by the Baltimore Department of Planning.

The request for qualifications is open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in the United States with related public or community-based arts experience and have managed and completed at least one prior funded commission on schedule and on budget. The project requires collaboration and a familiarity with Baltimore City. Proposed permanent artwork can include a gateway/entrance, creative signage, outdoor classroom elements, in addition to decorative components to help beautify the space near Federal Street in East Baltimore. Interested artists should apply with examples of their previous community-based, collaborative or integrated art and design projects. The selected artist will be asked to divide their work over two phases. During the design phase, the artist will work with the garden team to design a concept and budget for permanent artwork to be installed. Once the concept is approved, the artist/artist collaborators will lead the team through the fabrication/installation phase by creating, assembling and installing the artwork they have designed.

For more information on the Fort Worthington INSPIRE Community Garden Project, call 410-752-8632 (contact person: Ryan Patterson, public arts administrator) or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts:

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. For more information, visit www.promotionandarts.org.

About the INSPIRE program:

Through the 21st Century Schools Initiative, Baltimore City Public Schools, in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority, Baltimore City, and the State of Maryland, will be investing nearly one billion dollars to renovate or replace schools over the next several years. To leverage this investment, and to enhance the connection between the schools and the surrounding neighborhoods, the Planning Department launched a program called INSPIRE (Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence). The INSPIRE program was created based on the principles that stronger schools lead to stronger neighborhoods, and stronger neighborhoods lead to stronger schools. For more information, visit https://planning.baltimorecity.gov/planning-inspire.

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