Applications available for PNC Transformative Art Prize


— Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and PNC Bank announce the return of the annual PNC Transformative Art Prize (previously known as the PNC Transformative Art Project). The award supports communities in their efforts to improve their surroundings with long-term and lasting art projects.

Neighborhoods are asked to partner with artists and/or arts organizations to permanently reinvent public spaces using art. New for 2014, the prize welcomes proposals that include transformative performance art. Qualified community-based nonprofits may be granted funding up to $30,000. Full guidelines and an application are available online at; click on the “Grants” link. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 2, 2014 at midnight.

The 2014 PNC Transformative Art Prize is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and supported in part by PNC Bank. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development.

“We are excited to once again partner with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to offer the city’s communities the opportunity to create transformative art. These projects serve as gateways to neighborhoods, inviting more residents, and in turn businesses, to the city. This is a great way to show PNC’s continued commitment to community and economic development,” said Laura Gamble, PNC Bank regional president of Greater Maryland.

“It is no secret that the presence of art transforms a community,” says Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano. “These art projects enhance the character and embody the richness of our charming neighborhoods. We are honored to be a part of the PNC Transformative Art Prize and appreciate their commitment to the communities we serve.”

Interested community groups and artists are encouraged to attend the PNC Transformative Art Prize Information Workshop. The workshop will be held at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, located at 10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th floor on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6pm. Topics will include details on the prize, visual examples of transformative art, and advice on artists and/or arts organization partnerships.

For more information on the PNC Transformative Art Prize, call 410-752-8632 or visit