Yesterday Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake made an announcement concerning city funding for arts organizations and individual artists.
For years, the city budget included money to support the operating expenses of large and mid-sized organizations.
Museums, theaters, and performing organizations could always count on at least modest support from the city.
That ended in 2010, when the city faced severe financial challenges, and the arts were removed from the budget for all but a few large institutions.
Yesterday, Mayor Rawlings Blake announced that the Creative Baltimore Fund was being reinstated, and that 34 organizations will receive grants that range from $3,500 to $10,000 to fund their programs.
Art with a Heart, Inc.
Arts Every Day Handel Choir of Baltimore
B&O Railroad Museum, Inc.
Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.
Bach Concert Series, Inc.
Historic Ships in Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Make Studio Art Program, Inc.
Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore Concert Opera
Maryland Humanities Council
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Baltimore School for the Arts
Mount Clare Museum House
Baltimore Theatre Project, Inc.
Better Waverly Community Organization
Newborn Holistic Ministries
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
Shriver Hall Concert Series
Single Carrot Theatre
Center Stage Associates, Inc.
Wide Angle Youth Media
Contemporary Arts, Inc.
Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.
Full disclosure: the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, of which Tom Hall is the Music Director, will also receive a Creative Baltimore Fund grant this year.
Individual artist grants of $5,000 were also announced
In all, the city will grant about $250,000 through the Creative Baltimore Fund.