Public Art Programs
The Maryland State Arts Council offers two types of public art programs:
Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) are community grants awarded to Maryland organizations or local government to support the planning and/or implementation of a public art project.
Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI) is the state’s percent-for-art program that commissions artists to design new, original and site-specific public art integrated in state capital construction projects, such as new or renovated buildings. Calls-to-Artists for MPAI projects are posted on this page.
Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM)
There are two types of PAAM Grants available for non-profit organizations or local government:
Planning Grants of up to $2500 support the community visioning process, artist selection process and artist honorariums for the development of artwork proposals.
Implementation Grants of up to $10,000 (1:1 match required) support the fabrication and installation of a public artwork. The concept must be fully developed and the artist(s) selected to implement the work. It is not required an applicant have received a Planning Grant in order to apply for an Implementation Grant.
The public artwork may be in any media, temporary or permanent, and inside or outside. The artwork must be free and publicly accessible to all. The proposed public art location must be in Maryland, and the selected artist(s) must be a resident of Maryland.
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Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI)
Stochastic Interactions, at UMB by Eric Peltzer
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.
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.