Close up of a child's hand weaving on a loom.
Workshop still from MSAC's Arts Across Maryland video series. (Worcester County)

Resource Bulletin

The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin

The MSAC online Resource Bulletin is maintained by the Maryland Art Place, and includes local, regional, and national opportunities, calls for artists, grants, and vendor opportunities. The Resource Bulletin is updated on a weekly basis and is categorized by deadline date. If you have information that you wish to have included in the Resource Bulletin, please send it to Caitlin Gill at

This page contains links to opportunities offered by entities other than the State of Maryland. MSAC is not responsible for the content or availability of any external site. Questions about any of these opportunities should be directed to the entity offering the opportunity.

To see a list of funding and programs offered by MSAC, click here.

From County Arts Agencies

Carroll County Arts Council (CCAC) will accept dioramas, sculpture, mosaics, photography, paintings, videos, and computer-generated art that feature PEEPS® as their primary subject matter or artistic medium. Entries do not have to be made with PEEPS® or edible materials, just as long as it is clearly PEEPS® themed.

- One entry per person.
- By submitting your entry you agree to allow the CCAC and Just Born Inc. to use your name and/or images of your entry in print, online publicity materials, and merchandise.
- This is a fun show for a family audience. The CCAC executive committee reserves the right to not accept an entry for display, and to alter or remove an entry from the display.

Click here for more information.

In collaboration with The Brownsville Project, FrostburgFirst is seeking an artist, or team of artists, to create a permanent 3-dimensional artwork to be placed prominently within the Frostburg Arts & Entertainment District. To bring this to life, it is encouraged proposals incorporate ideas for including Brownsville community family names currently known and as they are identified, and/or a representation of the community's changing boundaries. Submissions are due by 5 pm.

For more information click HERE

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the 2023 Baltimore Open Studio Tour Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 6–7 from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Baltimore Open Studio Tour Weekend is a citywide event that brings together professional artists and the public. It gives art lovers, students, collectors, and creative influencers the opportunity to meet, connect with, and purchase art from some of Baltimore City’s most vibrant artists. Each year during Baltimore OST Weekend, attendees travel from across the Maryland region to visit artists in their Baltimore studios, see their works in progress, and step into their creative processes.

There will be a virtual information session for applying artists on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. To register for the Baltimore Open Studio Tour Weekend Information Session, click here. 

For more information and to apply, click here.

The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council is pleased to announce the opening of applications for Prince George’s County Poet Laureate for the three-year period of May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2026. This significant cultural position supports Prince George’s County’s ever-burgeoning literary community and reflects the county’s commitment to elevating poetry into the consciousness of residents and to helping celebrate the literary arts. This consultant position serves as an important community conduit for the arts and will carry a $10,000 yearly honorarium issued at 6-month intervals.


For more information click HERE

It's always an honor to award the Dr. Douglas I. Smith Memorial Grant, in memory of Doug, a past Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council Board Member and Officer, Musician, Teacher and Friend. Unlike other SWAC grants to older students for higher education, the Smith Memorial Grant is intended for children age 16 and younger to pursue their training in the arts such as attending dance camps, music and art lessons, or can be awarded to a teacher, youth group minister or instructor to benefit a group project such as a youth group arts activity, group arts travel, and/or group events.

Click here for more information.

Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants are available to arts and/or humanities organizations and groups located in Montgomery County that may or may not be incorporated as non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Grant awards support projects for organizations and groups that work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines including performing arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, history, and philosophy. Grants for FY24 will be awarded for activities occurring between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

Award amounts range from $1,000 up to $10,000. Requests for over $5,000 require the applicant to submit proof of 501(c)(3) status.

Click here for more information.

General Operating Support I Grants (GOS I) are available to non-profit arts and/or humanities organizations that have had both allowable annual cash operating revenue and expenses of at least $50,000 for the last three completed fiscal years. Grants for FY24 will be awarded for activities occurring between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

Award amounts range from $10,000 up to $50,000. The grant request may not exceed 35% of the organization’s most recently completed fiscal year’s allowable cash operating revenue, expenses, or $50,000, whichever is lower. Requests over $25,000 require the applicant to submit an audit or financial review for the most recently completed fiscal year.

For more information, click here.

This funding opportunity is the result of a partnership between ACAAC and Anne Arundel County, and provides funding for programming that utilizes heritage resources in Anne Arundel County in a new or innovative way; increases public access to historic sites; improves or enhances how the public engages with heritage resources; and/or encourages the maintenance and preservation of important heritage sites. Applications will be accepted from organizations located in the City of Annapolis that provide programming for the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

For more information click HERE

The Kent Cultural Alliance invites Kent County Artists to submit work for an Open House celebration of the Grand Opening of the Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center on the weekend of March 24. The exhibit, “Our Best ‘Foot’ Forward: A Celebration of Kent County’s Creative Community” will showcase the work of Kent County artists (as well as any Queen Anne’s County artist that lives in the 21620 zip code.)

All submissions must be from Kent County Residents aged 18 or older (there will be a separate submission process for student artists).

- All visual art and craft submissions are to be 1 foot of art.
- For 2 dimensional pieces this means a piece no larger than 1’x1’
- For 3 dimensional pieces, no larger than 1 cubic foot
- Works of printed poetry and prose are also encouraged… please stick to the guidelines of 12 inches by 12 inches 
- For music and film submissions, a high-quality digital file must be submitted and can be no longer than 12 minutes in length (and will run in a loop with other works)

Click here for more information.

St. Mary’s County Arts Council  is seeking up to 15 submissions of art from the community for a special Cinco de Mayo art exhibit at their Gallery & Gift Shop located in the heart of downtown Leonardtown. The exhibit will tie in with the May First Friday Weekend of the same theme and in conjunction with other special events hosted by the Town of Leonardtown as well as the local shops and restaurants. A special Opening Reception and Meet & Greet opportunities with the artists will be held at the Gallery & Gift Shop on First Friday, May 5th from 5 to 8 PM to launch the exhibit.

This call for artists is open to residents of St. Mary’s, Charles, or Calvert County.

Click here for more information.

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the citizens of Howard County by fostering the arts, artists and arts organizations. HCAC is governed by a board of directors who are elected to two-year terms.

To carry out its mission, HCAC awards operating and special project grants to eligible organizations. HCAC is authorized by the Howard County Government to administer grant programs to Howard County arts organizations, artists-in-residence in Howard County schools, and certain key Baltimore City arts and cultural organizations.

Purpose of the Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Grants Program
- To foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts and cultural offerings for Howard County residents.
- To broaden opportunities for Howard County audiences, artists and arts organizations and to promote regionalism.
- To increase the availability of arts activities in Howard County.
- To promote countywide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

Click here for more information.

Artists will paint in the historic district of Ellicott City, Maryland for three days in mid-June, creating original artwork that will be shown in a six-week exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts' Gallery I. Artists who are not juried into the exhibit may still participate in the Open Paint portion of the event. Participating artists will also enjoy a welcome reception, an exhibit reception, and juror's awards. All artists working en plein air, in oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor, aged 18 years and older, are eligible to apply. For more information, click here. Nearly $10,000 in cash awards will be presented by the juror and sponsors. 

The Worcester County Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Grants program is designed to assist local, non-profit community-based groups to produce and present arts activities in Worcester County and is funded and supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Grant funding supports a wide variety of creative and innovative projects that are of outstanding artistic quality enhancing the lives of everyone living and visiting Worcester County. Grant projects are evaluated based on the overall quality of cultural excellence, community outreach and public impact, and financial/administrative merit.

Click here for more information.

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council/Centre for the Arts welcomes grant applications under the Community Arts Development (CAD) Program for arts activities. CAD Grants support access to the arts for all. They have a special interest in bringing the arts to underserved communities, including people in healthcare settings, seniors, racial/ethnic minority groups, the economically disadvantaged and those with special needs.

Click here for more information.

HCAC established a Rental Subsidy Program in 1997 to assist local arts organizations in utilizing The Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts on the campus of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Purpose of the Subsidy Program
- To foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts offerings for Howard County residents.
- To broaden arts opportunities for Howard County audiences, artists and arts organizations.
- To increase the availability of arts activities in Howard County.

Goals of the Subsidy Program
- To maximize use of The Jim Rouse Theatre by local arts organizations.
- To make The Jim Rouse Theatre affordable for arts activities sponsored by local arts organizations.

Click here for more information.

The Community Arts Development Grants fund day-to-day activities for county arts organizations, as well as arts-related projects for new arts organizations or non-arts groups based in the county.

Purpose of the Grants Program
- To foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts offerings for Howard County residents.
- To broaden opportunities for Howard County audiences, artists and arts organizations.
- To increase the availability of arts activities in Howard County.
- To promote countywide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

Click here for more information. 

A partnership between the Arts Council and local Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), the Artists-in-Education Grant Program places professional artists in residence at Howard County private and public K-12 schools to help students foster creative exploration.

Purpose of the Artists-in-Education Grant Program
- To complement school curriculum by providing opportunities for hands-on experiences in the arts that might not otherwise take place.
- To foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts offerings for Howard County students and residents.
- To broaden opportunities for Howard County students, artists and arts organizations.
- To increase the availability of arts activities in Howard County.

Click here for more information.

The Fredrick Festival of the Arts will be held at its usual creekside location at Carroll Creek Park, an urban park in the heart of historic downtown Frederick, less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington DC. Carroll Creek Park offers a beautiful view, specialty shops, outdoor dining, distilleries, and breweries. The festival will feature two sides: Fine Art and the Crafter's Marketplace. This competitive show is limited to approximately 150 exhibitors chosen by a jury of highly qualified, talented, experienced, 2D and 3D fine artists and craftspeople. All participants in the show will be chosen by this jury, which meets twice a month.

For more information click HERE

The Mini-Grant Program is for grant requests between $100 and $500 for organizations, schools, and artists that sponsor qualifying arts activities. The Mini-Grant Program can also supply funds to individual artists.

This grant is intended to provide funds:
- To new organizations emerging between grant cycles in need of arts council support.
- To established organizations facing emergencies or special opportunities.
- To established organizations who did not request funds in the last regular grant cycle.
- To schools for certain arts-related programs for which funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council may not be used.
- To artists for special projects.

Details: Mini-grant applications received by the end of a given month will be considered and decided in the following month. An artist, organization or school may receive one mini-grant per year. In deciding on applications, the Grants Committee is guided by:
- The artistic merit of the proposed activities.
- Organizational effectiveness--the ability of the agency to carry out the proposed activity.
- Service to the community--how well the proposed activity will serve county residents.

Click here for more information.

CAD Grants are designed to strengthen established local arts organizations and to enhance cultural opportunities for Carroll County residents.

There are two categories of CAD grants: General Operating Support for Arts Organizations, or CAD Project Support for non-arts organizations with cultural programming.

General Operating Support
Applicants must be non-profit arts organizations with at least two years of operating history and an annual budget of $10,000 or more. Commercial businesses, individuals, religious and programs within the public school system are not eligible.

Project Support
Grants in this category are designed to support a specific arts program or project. Applicants must be a non-profit organization presenting at least one arts program or activity, regardless of the organization’s primary mission. Commercial businesses, individuals, programs within the public school system, for-profit ventures, or religious programs are not eligible. 

Click here for more information.

Talbot Arts invites Arts-in-Education Grant applications for the coming academic year from public and private schools in Talbot County. Our goal is to reach all county students regardless of a school’s economic situation. 

Visiting Arts/Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Performer 
There are two categories of applications: (1) visiting artist/artist in residence and (2) visiting performer. A school or organization may submit just one application in each category, but an application in either category may and often does include multiple events. Deciding not to participate or accepting only a portion of the grant allocation will not preclude applying for funds next academic year.

Click here for more information.

The Community Arts Development Grant program of the Cecil County Arts Council, Inc. is designed to:

  • Foster excellence in the arts in Cecil County
  • Provide project support for non‐profit organizations to bring quality arts programs to residents
  • Encourage audience awareness of, and participation in, artistic expression in all media.

Click here for more information.

1. With the exception of the Photography Show, CCAC shows are open to all media.
2. Entries are limited to 3 pieces per artist.
3. Works MUST be ready to hang.  Wire is preferred and must support the weight of the piece.
4. No work created prior to 2014 and no work displayed at CCAC within the past 2 years.
5. Member fees – $6 per piece (3 for $15). Students with ID – $4 per piece (3 for $10).  Youth – $6 for 3 pieces. (with exception of the juried show).
6. Non-Member fees – $7 per piece (with exception of the juried show).
7. CCAC collects 25% commission from members and 35% commission from non-members.

- Exhibits: Monthly exhibition throughout the year in the gallery
- Artist Responsibilities: current membership, opening reception participation
- Contract will outline additional responsibilities
- All 2D works must be framed and able to hang (using the Walker System).

Click here for more information.

The purpose of the Creative Howard grant program is to strengthen the vitality of the Howard County arts community and recognize the role of small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County’s creative eco-system.

The goals for Creative Howard are:

- To increase access to the process of requesting grants to arts organizations and support needs in the arts community that may fall outside of the eligibility requirements of HCAC’s Community Arts Development grant program.
- To provide small non-profit 501c3- designated arts organizations with a foundation to apply for future Community Arts Development grants.
- Creative Howard supports eligible activities of small arts organizations (both 501c3 nonprofit arts organizations and for- and nonprofit arts businesses) with grants up to $2,500. There is no matching fund requirement for Creative Howard grants. Applicants may receive funding for only one application per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

For more information, click here.

Arts in Education Grant from Harford County Cultural Arts Board support high-quality arts experiences for Pre-K through 12th grade audiences, or other institutional or targeted settings for any age underserved population, in Harford County.  

What activities can Arts in Education grants funds support?

- High-quality arts experiences for Pre-K through 12th grade audiences, or other institutional or targeted settings for any age underserved population
- These are usually Artists in Residence or Visiting Performances within a school, government facility, or community-based nonprofit setting. 
- Artists in Residence: bring a teaching artist on-site to work with students within your setting over a defined period of time
- Visiting Performers: arts performances and/or one-time workshops

Click here for more information. (Creating an account is required.)

The purpose of these grants is to support bringing Maryland artists and performers into the public schools for residencies, workshops, assembly performances, Master Classes, etc. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Performer/Artist rosters can be found at Maryland State Arts Council, Class Acts Arts or Young Audiences of Maryland. Arts in Education funding applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

NOTE: The Arts Council can fund up to $250 per school, per school year, and their share cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the performance. You are responsible for paying your performer(s.)

Click here for more information.

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 21,000 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public's appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists. 

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows. HCAC rarely exhibits solo shows.

For more information, click here.

The Baltimore Mural Program through the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts invites all artists who can envision the big picture to apply for inclusion in the city's Muralist Registry. Community representatives use the registry when choosing artists to design and paint city-commissioned murals in their neighborhoods.

For more information on the Baltimore Mural Program or to receive its Call for Artists application, call 410-752-8632 or click here.

The Arts Council of Calvert County grants must be used in, or for, Calvert County, Maryland to support cultural arts programs.

Applicants must be a 501c3 non-profit.

Organizations are required to provide a one-to-one (1:1) dollar match to the grant amount requested. Due to COVID, applicants may request consideration for forgiveness of this requirement to be considered on a case by case basis.

Artist Fees
Music Sheets
Program Printing
Professional Accompanists
Supplies not part of the normal classroom

Click here for more information.

The mini-grant program is intended for the following purposes: To provide financial assistance to Caroline County non-profit organizations and local government agencies in offering special arts activities and to support small cultural programs in Caroline County.

Please note: For the purpose of this program, “Arts” are defined as music, dance, drama, literature, film/media arts, traditional and multi-disciplinary arts, and visual arts. 

This grant can be used for artist expenses which include:
a. Artist/Performer/Instructor fees
b. Art-related supplies and materials
c. Art-related equipment rental
d. Artist’s travel, food, and lodging 

Click here for more information.

Carroll County Arts Council looking for artists to display in both of their galleries for the 2024 season. The goal of this call is to introduce new artists and artwork to the community. They believe in artistic collaboration, so there will be no solo shows. Instead, artists who apply and are chosen will be paired with other artists to create a variety of exhibitions.

Click here for more information about the galleries and to apply.

These grants are designed to support small cultural programs in the community and to provide financial assistance for Carroll County residents to participate in special arts activities. Awards range from $100 – $1,000 with most being less than $300. Organizations must have annual operating budgets of $10,000 or less and awards cannot exceed 25% of the annual budget.

Applications deadlines are Sept 1, November 1, March 1 and May 1.

Click here for more information.

This fund is for arts programming and residencies that encourage active community participation. Applicants must be located within Cecil County. One grant per year per organization is our usual policy (special circumstances may warrant a departure from this position).
Deadline: 1st of Every Month

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The Arts in Education Program is designed to promote, strengthen, and enhance the arts and arts education in Cecil County’s elementary and secondary schools and other community settings. 

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The Frederick Arts Council has an annual arts in education fund from which it awards matching grants to schools and other educational entities. The purpose of these grants is to enable teachers and program specialists to enhance their arts curricula by drawing upon the talents of artists and arts organizations in our community.

Educators typically use these funds to engage teaching artists or to underwrite arts-related field trips. Prospective applicants should feel free to contact us for teaching artist information or recommendations.

Schools and other educational institutions in Frederick County are eligible for Arts in Education grants. Schools may submit up to two grants each academic year; the maximum amount of each grant is typically $500 and must be matched 1:1. Grants are accepted on a rolling basis until the annual budget has been exhausted. It is strongly encouraged that grant applications be submitted at least 30 days prior to the planned arts activity.

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Schools and others serving Harford’s underserved populations of any age may apply for Arts in Education Grants to support​ on-site artists-in-residence, visiting performers, or tickets and transportation costs for visits to museums and arts performances. This year, the matching requirement for Arts in Education Grants has been waived, and grants can support 100% of eligible costs for programs scheduled through June 30. Applications for Arts in Education Grants are reviewed on a month-to-month basis.

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It is the vision of the Kent Cultural Alliance that all residents of Kent County engage in important civic and social conversation using artistic and cultural experiences as a conduit for connection. Project Grants are available to community-based organizations in Kent County, Maryland that are producing an arts related project.

For FY2023, Project Grants are limited to no more than $1000 per grant. Project grant amounts are limited to 50% of the total cost of the arts related project. Community engagement will be a key factor in evaluating all grant applications.

Click here for more information.

The Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council looks to showcase the diverse artistic and scholarly disciplines active in Prince George's County, Maryland. While our physical programs are on hold in support and compliance with the State's efforts to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we turn to our screens for connection. 

Additionally, all programs must be prerecorded and go through a vetting process with the exception of Studio Visits. Studio Visits will require a pre studio visit with PGAHC Senior Program Manager. Thereafter, we will determine the best platform to show your visual artworks with audience questions and feedback in real-time. 

If you are interested in showcasing your work for dispersal on their social media platforms please complete the form by clicking here for more information. Please note, all work must be family-friendly. There may be no suggestive or explicit content nor language. 

The Community Arts Grants program is an effort of the Arts Council to support and expand arts programming throughout Somerset County. These funds, allocated by the Maryland State Arts Council, are intended to encourage arts programming and arts participation across the community. Supported arts disciplines include dance, theatre, visual arts, music, film/media arts, literary arts, folk/heritage/traditional and multi-disciplinary arts programming. This grant is designed to assist non-profit organizations to produce and present arts in the county.

Click here for more information.

The Somerset County Arts Council annually awards grants to talented individual artists. The purpose of these grants is to honor, support, and strengthen individual artists living and working in the area. Artists may apply for up to $1,000.

Click here for more information.

Talbot Arts invites organizations and schools that sponsor qualifying arts activities in Talbot County to apply for a mini-grant to support arts-related purposes and programs. Organizations and schools can receive between $100 and $500 for a project.  

Mini-grants are intended principally as a one-time encouragement of new arts-related organizations or art initiatives. They are designed to provide funds: 
- To a new organization between grant cycles and deserves immediate Arts Council support.
- To provide support for a pilot project.
- To an existing organization between grant cycles and deserves immediate Arts Council support,
- To arts programs for which funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council are restricted.
- Organizations or schools may receive no more than two mini-grants in a given fiscal year, and their combined total grant awards may not exceed $750. After that, they should submit the request during the annual community Arts Development Grant cycle for the following fiscal year. Exceptions may be requested.

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What is Project RestART?

Project RestART provides sponsorship opportunities to Black curators residing and creating in Baltimore City to encourage the curation of cultural experiences centering Black creatives. Project RestART is a direct action to re-stimulate the cultural economy and to address some of the challenges caused by Covid-19.

- Sponsorships will be provided for the months of: January, February, April, June, July, September, November, December
- The application for sponsorships for a sponsorship month will open the first of the previous month. (Ex. Application for April sponsorships will open March 1st)
- The application will be open for 2 weeks. After that, applicants will be decided upon by the Programs team.

Click here for more information.

Artscape is AMERICA’S LARGEST FREE arts festival, rocking the cultural heart of Baltimore since 1982, it was designed as an Arts Fair and marketed Baltimore as a cultural hub. Expanding in 2017 to Charles Street, near Penn Station, around the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the University of Baltimore campus it featured over 140 artists and makers, live concerts on an outdoor stage, and immersive visual arts experiences.

For more information click HERE

Arts and Sciences Project Grants funded by the Baltimore County government will help community-based organizations produce and present arts, science, history and humanities programs and activities in the County. Community-based, not-for-profit organizations such as arts organizations, museums, drama groups, or music groups in Maryland are eligible to apply for funding for arts activities that serve County residents. Project Grants provide funding support for specific projects, such as performances, exhibits, lectures, classes, and workshops.

For more information click HERE

Around Maryland

Montgomery Parks part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is seeking qualifications from artists who are interested in creating a new public art installation at Gene Lynch Urban Park. The newly completed .25-acre park is in downtown Silver Spring, and includes an open lawn area, walls for seating, a pergola structure with bench swings, extensive landscape planting, irrigation, and lighting. A 10-foot by 13-foot concrete wall serves as a focal point of the park for the public artwork. 

The artwork should create a memorable and strong sense of place and express the community’s culture and identity. It may draw from current historical movements or events and may use any media appropriate for installation on outdoor walls, columns, and/or the spaces between the columns. It should be integral to the pergola structure and may take the form of a mural, mosaic, 3-D mounted sculpture, among other forms, and may include a combination of different media. The artwork shall be permanent, durable, and easy to repair and maintain. 

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1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club are pleased to continue their partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as presenters of The Art of Racing, a nationwide-wide call for entries of original, two-dimensional visual art that depicts the unique elements of Thoroughbred racing and the Preakness Stakes. Last year’s inaugural program drew nearly 150 entries vying for the $4,000 stipend. The original artwork of Theresia Zhang, a MICA student, was selected and her winning piece was reproduced and available for sale during last year’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. This year’s The Art of Racing opens to artists nationwide on January 9th with a closing date for all submissions by March 10th.

The Preakness and MICA have an illustrious history dating back to the 1970s, when then-MICA professor Raoul Middleman led his classes in painting murals of Pimlico Race Course. The seven murals Middleman created with his students, which live in perpetuity behind the course’s grandstand, provide an intimate look at a tradition defined by history and character.

The Art of Racing encourages artists across the country to submit their own awe-inspiring portrayals of Thoroughbred racing, the Preakness and/or Pimlico Race Course. Using the submission portal below, professional and amateur artists may submit their renderings and earn a chance at receiving a $4,000 stipend and two VIP passes to Preakness 148 on May 20, 2023. The submission portal can be accessed below.

After March 10, 2023 closing, submissions will be available for public viewing. The public is encouraged to view and vote on their favorite piece of art. The top 10 vote-getters will be entered into a final round that will be judged by esteemed members of the community.

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Classical musicians are now being sought for the Montpelier Arts Center Recital Competition! Winners will be featured in a recital in the Main Gallery during the September 2023-May 2024 season. Musicians must be 18 & older to be considered. There are no geographical restrictions, but winners are responsible for their own transportation and hospitality.

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Montpelier Arts Center is holding a competition for exhibitions that will be held in the Library Gallery, September 2023 – July 2024.  To be eligible, artists must be 18 years and older and reside in Maryland.  Previous winners from 2018 to the present are ineligible. The juror may elect to exhibit artists who apply for solo shows or artists who apply as groups.

An honorarium of $400 will be presented for each exhibition to the artist(s) exhibiting (i.e. groups would share the $400 honorarium.) The Montpelier Arts Center staff will handle all promotion and installation, as well as the reception. Please note, Montpelier Arts Center retains a 25% commission on sales of works sold during the competition.

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Can you design a semi-permanent outdoor installation piece that can withstand the elements? Do you have a passion for lifting up hidden stories?

The Friends of Cecil County Parks & Recreation are seeking 3 interactive exhibits along a walking trail at Brantwood Regional Park.

- Exhibit 1: The hidden story of native indigenous tribes that lived on/near the park before colonization.
- Exhibit 2: Local 19th and 20th century horse trainer, Robert Frisby, a Black man who lived on the property whose story is hidden.
- Exhibit 3: The hidden story of Bullfrog, Maryland. A township that existed between Elkton and Chesapeake City renowned for the ample bullfrogs in the area.

Throughout the exhibits we intend to establish native pants, flowers, and local medicinal/beneficial herbaceous species.

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The Hangin' Out Art Show for 2023 will be held on May 19 and 20 at the Corbin Studio and Gallery. Display your creation in a gallery!  No Fees!

Painting, Photography, Poetry, Music, Sculpture and more!

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Art Connection in the Capital Region is looking for original artwork that is framed and ready to install. Whether you're an artist or collector, we are eager to discuss donation opportunities with you. Applications are ongoing, apply anytime. Complete the form at this link to submit artwork.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is a 50 acre campus, with multiple buildings, lawns, and gathering spaces. We present events year-round, indoors and outside, making use of all of our campus. Some events have covered performance spaces, while others have informal set-up areas, as well as informal jamming, street performers, strolling or busking.

If you have never performed at Annmarie, browse the list of opportunities and apply at this link.


The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Mid Atlantic Tours program brings the best of the performing arts to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Presenters select from a curated roster of artists that changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, regional artist representation, and engaging with communities underserved by the arts.  

Presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region who engage a Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist during the project period receive up to 50% subsidy for the Roster Artist’s compensation (including artistic compensation, housing, per diem and travel) as well as a presenter capacity support. Presenters work directly with the Roster Artist’s Tour Manager to negotiate terms, including engagement dates and compensation.  

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USArtists International supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail. USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts.

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The Laurel Arts Gallery wants you to get Off the Wall....and onto the floor at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts? We are looking for artists that work in the 3-dimensional space to create unique, unusual, off-the-wall pieces to display throughout our galleries. Instead of walking up to the art, we want you to be able to walk through the art as it’s displayed on the floors, on pedestals, on tables OR even hanging from the ceiling (please call ahead for availability and weight restrictions).

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The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). Founded in 1964, the NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences.

The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia exhibits visual arts created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences. In addition to the shows curated by the Gallery Director, the Athenaeum Gallery invites artists and curators to submit show proposals. Artists who live or work in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia may submit a proposal for a solo show.

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The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization originated in 2004 to expand community access to art in the greater metropolitan area of Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. ACCR facilitates the placement of original works of art donated by artists and art collectors within not-for-profit social service organizations to encourage healing and provide inspiration.

Organizations benefiting from this unique partnership often serve individuals faced with the most vulnerable circumstances and include: shelters, children's centers, and treatment facilities, amongst others.

The criterion for placement stipulates that a partnering organization must reside within the Capital Region and have no funding for art. Artwork that is donated to the not-for-profit is considered a permanent donation, cannot be sold, and must be exhibited in a secure public area where clients served by the organization have direct access to it.

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National & Beyond

Vendor Opportunities

Handmade Hagerstown is an artisan market featuring local artists, creators, and makers. Kick off spring in Downtown Hagerstown!
Saturday, April 15 at University Plaza
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Vendor fee: $25

June 3, 2023, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine

The Carroll County Arts Council has partnered with the City of Westminster for four decades to present this annual outdoor festival that is held the first Saturday in June on the beautiful grounds of Westminster City Hall. This event features fine art and craft displays by regional artists. Bring the kids for a free craft activity to inspire artists of the future! A food court and live music round out this family-friendly outdoor festival!

Who can apply: artists who create handmade items including, but not limited to: jewelry, fiber, ceramics, glass, small prints and paintings, upcycled works, books, woodwork, toys, soaps and candles, baskets, jams, and baked goods. No buy & resell items permitted.

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Are you an artist or craftsperson looking to showcase your work? Then look no further than the Maryland Folk Festival Marketplace! The Festival Marketplace will offer festivalgoers the opportunity to purchase the juried, handmade creations of artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and surrounding region. Whether your style is deeply traditional or a more contemporary artistic expression, this is a great opportunity for you to have your work seen by thousands of people. 

The 2023 Maryland Folk Festival in Downtown Salisbury, brought to you by Presenting Sponsor Perdue Farms, and will take place September 22-24, 2023. This event brings together hundreds of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers, tradition bearers and artisans. Best of all, it is FREE to attend! 

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Vendor fee to apply: $35

Celebrate the longest day of the year with yoga, salsa, and an artisan market! 

​Wednesday, June 21, University Plaza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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Vendor fee: $25

The SoMd Italian Heritage Festival is a family festival with entertainment, authentic food, carnival games, bounce houses, dunk tanks, wine and cooking demonstrations, great shopping and lots more. The importance of the Festival has been dedicated to the importance of family and community as we celebrate Italian heritage and culture. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America are looking for local food vendors, art and craft vendors, apparel vendors, entertainment and everything in between for the SoMd Italian Heritage Festival. 

The event takes place from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on August 5 in Leonardtown.

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Held during Downtown Hagerstown's annual Yuletide Festival, the Handmade Hagerstown Holiday Market precedes the Downtown Tree Lighting. Join in to welcome in the holiday season!

Saturday, November 18, S. Potomac Street, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Vendor fee: $25

Black to the Future is a Black Artist Fair Monthly Series. This networking event gives resources, workshops, art labs, and so much more, all FREE. It is every 4th Saturday at the Arch Social Club at 7p.m. on February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23 & October 28 

Black to the Future is presented by the Black Arts District, @thebaltimorescene and @the_artist_exchange.

To apply to be a vendor, please contact The Black Mall curator, at

The Kent County Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 19th- Saturday, July 22nd at the Kent Ag Center 21349 Tolchester Beach Road Chestertown, MD 21620.

Applications are considered on a "first come, first served" basis and the fair reserves the right for final approval. Vendors are required to keep with the overall family-oriented theme of the fair. 

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Vendor fee: The cost to set up is $25/day