May 16, 2022


Government Relations and Public Affairs
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Media Advisory
Seventh annual Courting Art Baltimore contest to award $20,000 in scholarships to city students

The District Court in Baltimore City will unveil the artwork of 17 student finalists at the seventh annual Courting Art Baltimore awards reception on Wednesday, May 18. The awards celebration will be in-person and will highlight Baltimore City high school students’ artwork, including paintings, drawings, or other two-dimensional works of art based on the theme: Awaken Baltimore. The artwork will be professionally reproduced for long-term display at the District Court in Baltimore City, Eastside Courthouse, 1400 E. North Avenue.

Courting Art Baltimore showcases the creative work of high school students from participating Baltimore City Public Schools to promote the city’s youth and their artwork, connects the legal community with local Baltimore communities, and strives to reduce stress and anxiety for litigants and visitors by beautifying the motif of local courthouses.

The top contestants will be awarded scholarships totaling $20,000 toward art programs or post-high school degrees, including a first-place scholarship of $7,500. Each of the 17 finalists will receive a $50 gift card and two students will receive a placement in the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Young People’s Studio, which provides weekend art classes for high school students.

WHAT:           Courting Art Baltimore awards reception

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m.

WHERE:         District Court in Baltimore City
                       1400 E. North Avenue
                       Baltimore, MD 21213

WHO:             District Court of Maryland Chief Judge John P. Morrissey
                       Administrative Judge Halee F. Weinstein, Baltimore City District Court,
                       Presiding Judge, Courting Art Baltimore contest
                       Newly Designated Administrative Judge Geoffrey G. Hengerer, Baltimore City District Court
                       State Court Administrator Pamela Harris, Maryland Judiciary, Administrative Office of the Courts            
                       Brian D. Katzenberg and Carrie Williams, co-chairs, Bar Association of  Baltimore City, Courting Art Baltimore, and the Baltimore Bar Foundation
                       Dr. Joan Dabrowski, Chief Academic Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools       
                       Julia Di Bussolo, Executive Director, Arts Every Day

                       Students from five Baltimore City Public Schools:

                       Baltimore City College
                       Baltimore Design School
                       Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
                       Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School
                       Reginal F. Lewis High School

NOTE: Please contact the Maryland Judiciary’s Government Relations and Public Affairs office by email at [email protected] or 410-260-1488 to attend the event or for more information. Cameras will be permitted during the reception.


Bradley Tanner
Public Information Officer
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Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer
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