Maryland Hall, in partnership with the Banneker Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, invites Maryland-based Black artists, whose work encapsulates activism and social justice through education, to send proposals to take - one of six - 5 ft. x 9 ft tall Black Lives Matter banners, which are currently hanging on the front steps of Maryland Hall, to use as a canvas for justice. Selected artists are asked to challenge viewers' perception of art by using their individual banner as a platform to discuss social oppression and systemic patterns through visual or performance art. Artists will receive a payment of $1,000 to design and create their banners. 

The 6 artists selected by a panel of jurors, in addition to having their finished banners displayed on our campus, will participate in a curated exhibition, Art of Activism, which will be on display at Maryland Hall from (January 8 - February 27, 2021). Hand-selected protest art from private collections will be shown throughout the building to complement current activist art.

Finally, additional artists will be chosen to create work on smaller Black Lives Matter banners that will hang at the Banneker Douglass Museum and will coincide with the Art of Activism showcase at Maryland Hall.

All entries will be submitted through Google Drive to Please read the full Request for Proposal for more information on submission through Google Drive. *Maryland Hall and Banneker Douglass Museum will have ownership of all banners after the run of the Art of Activism exhibition and will have the rights to display or sell the work.


*artists can use their preferred materials of choice. for more information on how finished banners will be displayed email


Chanel Compton

Chanel Compton is inspired and passionate about her role as Executive Director for the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). Currently, she serves as Board Chair of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and board member to Afro Charities, Maryland Humanities and Future History Now. Ms. Compton has been a life-long supporter of museums; stating, “A museum can be such a powerful place. As a young person, it was my initial visit to museums and galleries that opened my eyes and mind to new perspectives, cultures, and history. African American museums are instrumental in inspiring a new generation of leaders and innovators because they are a place of empowerment, of learning, and a place of individual and collective transformation.” As Executive Director of BDM and MCAAHC, Ms. Compton is dedicated to serving arts communities and artists in Maryland. She has a home and art studio in Baltimore, MD.

Tony J. Spencer

Tony Jerome Spencer was born, raised, and educated in Anne Arundel County. While attending Northeast Senior High School in Pasadena, MD, he developed a love for creating visual art. He obtained both a Bachelor of Arts (1997) and Master’s in Public Administration degrees (2011) from Sojourner/Douglass College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Today, Tony is a practicing visual artist and community advocate. He currently serves on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. Mr. Spencer is also affiliated with the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority; Black Artist of D. C., Maryland Federation of Art, Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society, Inc., August Wilson Society, and the Toni Morrison Society.

Darin Gilliam

Native Annapolitan, Darin Michelle Gilliam has focused on the arts community as well as her personal business that lend creative consulting and design strategy to small businesses, curated art projects, and organizations.

Her design studio, 19FIFTYTHREE, offers creative direction and design for everything from small projects to full brand styling and curated art installations.

 When she is not designing, Darin is serving the creative arts community in Annapolis, Maryland, as the Director or Annapolis Arts Week and Co-Owner of ArtFarm Studios, a 3,200 sq. ft space that cultivates the arts through education, gallery exhibits, and art consultation.


All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from RFP. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on Maryland Hall’s website. Artists will be notified that they are to either:

  1. To create artwork on a large 5 x 9 ft. tall Black Lives Matter banner to be displayed outside of Maryland Hall and participate in a curated exhibition with 5 other artists inside the galleries.
  2. To create artwork on a smaller Black Lives Matter banner to be displayed at Banneker Douglass Museum.