Public Art Programs
Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) Program
The Public Art Across Maryland program supports communities planning and creating public art. The program supports community visioning activities and planning processes to develop a public art concept idea, as well as funds to create and produce the final public artwork. The resulting work may be in any media, temporary or permanent, and inside or outside. The artwork must be free and publicly accessible to all.
Maryland non-profit organizations and/or local government may apply for either Planning Grant of up to $2500, or an Implementation Grant of up to $10,000 for a public art project that is developed through a community-driven engagement process.
November 15, 2019
February 12, 2020
May 12, 2020
Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI)
Forum by Thomas Sayre, 2014, UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building
The Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI) sets aside a percentage of capital construction costs for the integration of public art in new or renovated state buildings or sites. State capital projects are identified by the Department of Budget and Management for public art integration, and MSAC works with the state agency implementing the building project to select an artist through an open call public solicitation Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. An artist selection panel is appointed, including staff of the new building, architect and/or landscape architect, MPAC Commissioner, and art professional/community member.
The artist selection panel reviews all eligible applicants and narrows the pool to three semi-finalists who travel to the site for in-person interviews. The finalist selected contracts with the state agency implementing the building project and commences artwork concept development working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team including architects, landscape architects, engineers, project managers and contractors. The artwork is designed, developed and fabricated and installed in conjunction with the building project construction schedule, typically a two year process or more.
Maryland Commission on Public Art
The Maryland Public Art Commission (MPAC) oversees the Maryland Public Art Initiative and meets quarterly. The next Maryland Commission on Public Art meeting is October 17, 2019. 9-10:30 a.m. at the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, Rm 308, UMBC. Agenda forthcoming.
9/11 Memorial of Maryland
The Maryland Commission on Public Art helped steer the concept and fundraising efforts for the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, which honors the Maryland victims of the September 11th attacks and serves as a meaningful place for reflection. Learn more
All grantees are required to submit a Final Report communicating data required by the National Endowment for the Arts. This required data can be found here. For program specific Report information, please see the corresponding Guidelines.