Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to give $120,000 in artist project grants


The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance has established a new grant program dubbed the "Rubies" that will distribute $120,000 during 2014 to support the "long-dreamed of or newly inspired creative projects" of local artists.

Funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation helped to create the "Rubies." The name celebrates "the region's 'gems' -- the local creative community of performing, visual, media, and literary artists," said Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance executive director Jeannie Howe. "The name is also a nod to the leadership of Ruby Lerner, visionary founder of Creative Capital, a national model for investing in the work of individual artists."

Artists living in Baltimore City or one of the surrounding counties (Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, Howard) are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000, to be applied to a project over a 12-month period.

Applications are now being accepted online for the first round of grants in the categories of performing arts and media arts. The deadline for submitting project proposals is Feb. 2.

The GBCA defines the performing arts category as including, but not limited to: dance, music, theater, musical theater, opera, puppetry, performance art, playwriting, spoken word, storytelling, traditional/folk art, cross-disciplinary, and experimental/emerging fields.

Media arts includes, but is not limited to: film, audio and video projects, animation, computer graphics, sound art, digital arts, screenplay, teleplay, cross-disciplinary, and experimental/emerging fields.

For some in-person info, stop by the Windup Space at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Alliance staffers will there to talk about the Rubies and other GBCA programs, and answer your questions.

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