BMA completes renovation with new Center for People & Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) concludes its multi-year renovation with the opening of the Center for People & Art (CP&A) on October 25, 2015. This new area of the museum offers visitors an interactive experience that includes an innovative thematic exhibition, Imagining Home, and a variety of programs and partnerships with Baltimore artists and neighborhoods.

“The Center for People & Art continues the BMA’s legacy of excellence and innovation in the presentation and interpretation of art,” said BMA Deputy Director for Education & Interpretation Anne Manning. “We are excited to share many new experiences and invite visitors to participate in the imaginative programs offered in conjunction with the opening and throughout the year.”

A Quick Nap by Walter Henry Williams. (courtesy BMA)
A Quick Nap by Walter Henry Williams. (courtesy BMA)

The $4.5 million, 5,500-square-foot Center for People & Art (CP&A) includes a gallery that draws together works from across the collection around a theme, a commons that highlights the voices and creativity of the Baltimore community, and a studio for hands-on art making for all ages. The CP&A also encompasses a new docent room for the museum’s dedicated gallery teachers and a renovated school group entrance and orientation foyer, where docents welcome thousands of schoolchildren who visit the museum each year.

Opening events begin on October 25 with a full day of special tours, artist demonstrations, and art-making. November 8 – Stoop Stories about home at the BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium, and on November 21 – Stoop Stories storytelling workshop.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For general Museum information, call 443-573-1700 or visit