Employer Profile: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore, MD



The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, produces events and arts programs as well as manages several facilities. It is the official Baltimore City Arts Council. BOPA coordinates Baltimore’s major events including New Year’s Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape which is America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

In the past, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate or assist with large-scale city events.  The activities include the Ravens Rally Super Bowl Send-Off and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade in 2001 and 2013; Miss USA in 2005 and 2006; Baltimore’s Celebration of the Army-Navy Game in 2000 and 2007; the Star-Spangled Salute to Michael Phelps in 2008, the Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012 and the NFL Kick-Off in 2013. Currently, BOPA is preparing for exciting upcoming events in 2014 including the Star-Spangled Spectacular.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Free Fall Baltimore, PNC Transformative Art Prize, MECU Neighborhood Grant Program and Bright StArts Workshops For Children. BOPA oversees historic attractions and sites including the Top of the World Observation Level, School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters and the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

Visual Arts Internship


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (“BOPA”), located in Downtown Baltimore, seeks an enthusiastic, creative and highly organized intern to assist with all aspects of special events/festival planning.

The Visual Arts internship is a part-time unpaid practicum.  The intern reports to the Visual Arts Specialist and learns about the successful production of a large-scale arts festival, along with researching local and national artists for writing interviews and articles for BOPA’s blog.

Projects may include but are not limited to:

• Work with Visual Arts Specialist on various ongoing festival projects, including Artscape and Baltimore Book Festival

• Logistical planning

• Research local, regional and national artists to pair with projects in progress

• Help maintain and organize a photo and art archive of past and upcoming visual arts components

• Research other arts festivals, particularly interactive arts projects

• Attend staff meetings as necessary

• Work with Visual Arts Specialist to interview artists, curators and art professionals, along with writing reviews of exhibitions and talks, for BOPA’s arts blog.


• Art, Art History, Arts Education or Arts Administration majors – current undergraduates—junior or senior—or graduate students are eligible to apply.   Applicants who are not registered students are not eligible.

• Excellent oral and written communications skills

• Ability to multi-task

• Superior attention to detail

• Strong organizational and analytical skills

• Ability to conduct Internet research; familiarity with social media

• Basic knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Photoshop

Public Art Internship


The Public Art Intern is a part-time unpaid position, reporting to the Public Art Program Staff.  The primary responsibilities of this position are to assist in the administration of the public art program, coordination of public art projects and provide related support to the Public Art Staff. Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Assists in the administration of the Maintenance and Conservation of Public Artworks in the City. Includes:

• Photographic documentation of artwork conditions

• Scheduling, filing, and reporting of condition surveys, reviews, assessments, etc.

• Researching local and regional professional conservators and contractors and developing a database of these individuals and companies

• Researching archives and compiling the history of the artworks in the collection

• Writing brief summaries of the works

• Schedule Public Art Consultant & Conservator visits when necessary

• Updating of maintenance/inventory databases following reports

• Assists in the daily administration of the Public Art Program. Includes:

• Assisting in the coordination of meetings with artists, City personnel, elected officials, etc.

• Composes & edits correspondence on behalf of program staff

• Assists in the maintenance of files for all public art projects

• Assists in the creation and dissemination of Public Art program information and materials

• Interacts with the public and social media to relay program information as needed

• Assists in the coordination of Public Art Commission Meetings. Includes:

• Recording and transcribing of meeting minutes

• Assists in communication of meeting updates, agendas, and minutes

• Assists in the Artist Selection Panel Process. Includes:

• Reviewing of artist packet submissions for completeness/follow-up

• Confirm receipt and provide information to artists if requested

• Assists in the management of the artist submission database

• Helps administer meeting documentation: including printing and compilation of panel booklets, agenda, and PowerPoint presentations

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, people-oriented individual with outstanding organizational skills and familiarity with public art. Additional required skills:

• Art, Art History, Arts Education or Arts Administration major or graduate student

• Current college –junior or senior–or graduate students are eligible to apply.  Applicants who are not registered students are not eligible.

• Excellent oral and written communications skills

• Strong analytical skills, ability to multi-task, and pay attention to detail

• Ability to conduct internet research

• Knowledge of Social Media tools, including WordPress, & MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Graphic Design Internship

Unpaid/ Start Date: Summer

The Graphic Design intern is a part-time unpaid practicum. The intern reports directly to the Senior Graphics Designer and learns about the successful production of graphic designing for large-scale festivals as well as smaller events. The internship is designed to provide the student with a broad-based learning experience, so that they are exposed to the designing required for the promotion and marketing for events of a national caliber. The Senior Graphics Designer works with the student to identify projects that meet their educational and career goals. Projects may include: • Assisting with producing collateral material for this non-profit organization’s events and promotions, which include: Artscape, Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, July 4th Celebration, as well as satisfying the graphic needs of our satellite facilities: Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Cloisters Castle, School 33 Art Center, and Top of the World Observation Level. Materials may include: Magazine/Newspaper Ads, T-Shirts/Merchandise, Maps, Props and Sets, Postcards/Rackcards, Signs/Banners, Programs, Photo Archives, Designing e-flyers, ads and updating images on BOPA’s Website, Undertaking other projects and research as needed for other departments/events within the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts


• Current college –junior or senior–or graduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants who are not registered students are not eligible.

• Major in Graphic Design or related program.

• Excellent oral and written communications skills; able to provide outstanding customer service to organization.

• Ability to multi-task; superior attention to detail; strong organizational and analytical skills.

• Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & In-Design is required.

• Ability to conduct Internet research