Courting Art is a program that promotes youth artwork, connects the legal community with local communities of Baltimore City, and aims to reduce stress and anxiety for litigants and visitors by beautifying local courthouses. Led by the Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc. and the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the contest is open to all Baltimore City public high school students. The theme of the contest is “We are Baltimore.” The contest entails a submission of a painting, drawing, or other two-dimensional work of art.
All entrants that meet the contest’s requirements will be invited to a reception and a private exhibition. All works will then remain on public display for approximately three weeks following the reception. The top works will be awarded prizes by a juried panel. Prizes include scholarships for art programs or post-high school degrees and gift certificates for art supplies. In addition, the top works will be professionally reproduced for long-term display at the Baltimore City Eastside District Courthouse. A second reception will be held for all winning works.Submissions due March 21 and 22, 2019 between 3 PM and 8 PM at the Mini-Conference Center at BCCC, care of Professor Melvin Brooks. All entrants must submit an Entry Form with their submission.
The Courting Art initiative is modeled after a program created by the Montgomery Bar Association of Pennsylvania. The Montgomery Bar Association began its Courting Art program in 2013 with its contest focusing on artwork by local senior citizens. The Montgomery Bar Association Courting Art Project received and continues to receive acclaim and media coverage. The Courting Art Project has also been credited with saving taxpayers’ thousands of dollars in long overdue public improvements to the Montgomery County Courthouse. In addition, the contributing artists brought public attention to local landmarks and community treasures.
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