Artscape

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Mount Royal Avenue | North Charles Street

Artscape, America's largest, free arts festival features continuous musical performances by local, regional and national talent on multiple outdoor stages, indoor and outdoor visual arts exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, street theater and special activities geared towards children. Artscape takes place Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 2018 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

150 days until the event

2018 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! 

In recent years, Artscape organizers have applied an overarching theme, relevant to both the arts and Baltimore City, into the festival’s creative thinking. For 2018, we’re going back to the basics…ART and celebrating Baltimore’s pop-up institution, Artscape. For “the year we didn’t have a theme” we encourage artists and festival-goers to embrace Artscape for what it is – a fully accessible, 100% FREE, world-class arts festival – right here in the heart of Baltimore City. 

New for 2018 – Artscape is proud to shine a light on the creative and artistic talent of Baltimore’s youth, with plans to showcase youth-focused programming (in both the visual and performing arts) on Artscape’s opening day – Friday, July 20, 2018. 

APPLICATIONS:

(Please note: Applications for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing for our 2018 season are now closed. Please check back after May 1, 2018 for more information)

Artwork Projects – click here to read the Call for Proposals
Interactive artwork projects, fully commissioned and featured at the festival, showcasing the visual and/or performing arts. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for an Artwork Project(s).
Click here to apply for Charles Street Creative Projects.

Artist-Run Art Fair
Pop-up art fair in partnership with Open Space Baltimore, featuring artist-run galleries and exhibition spaces. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for the Artist-Run Art Fair.

Artists’ Market
The heART of Artscape, highlighting visual artists who create and execute original, professional quality work. Submission categories include mixed media, clay, drawing/graphics/printmaking, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography/digital art, wearable art/fashion, wood and other. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 30, 2018.
Click here to apply for the Artists' Market.

Artists’ Market Emerging Artist Program
Local up-and-coming artists are encouraged to apply, to receive an exhibit space at no cost, with mentorship from established artists working in the same medium; a limited number of scholarships are available for this competitive program. Applicants must complete Artists’ Market application by Friday, March 30, 2018.
Click here to apply for the Artists' Market Emerging Artist Program.

Artscape Youth Day
We’re not “kidding” around! Artscape’s opening day – Friday, July 20th – is Youth Day! Baltimore youth artists, makers and performers – come join us this summer, for an opportunity to showcase your creative and artistic talents.

BOPA looks forward to highlighting youth-focused programming (both performance and visual, indoor and outdoors). If you have an idea/proposal, we welcome the opportunity to hear more about your program(s). Email artscape@promotionandarts.org to share more.

If you’d like to go ahead and apply with a specific performance or project in mind, be sure to check out the Performing Arts application and/or the Kidscape application, and note your interest in Youth Day in the application.

Food Vendors
Artscape local food vendors program is proud to showcase 100 percent of vendors hailing from the Maryland region. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply as a Food Vendor.

Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)
Are you a Baltimore City high school student artist? Apply to win The Fred Prize, featuring a $1,000 award along with a solo exhibition at Artscape. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Click here to apply for the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)

Gamescape
Got game? If you’re a videogame developer or designer, apply to showcase your work, including demonstrations and panels, at Artscape. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for Gamescape.

How-To – click here to download the prospectus
Everyone has at least one area of expertise – it may be origami, caulking a tub, decorating a cake, silkscreening, taking care of a turtle, wiring a radio or any of the other thousands of things we do well, or think we do well.  To be hosted in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Pinkard Gallery, Howto… is an indoor exhibition that will include artworks in any medium (drawings, paintings, sculpture, film, installation, collage, etc.) that describe how to do or make anything. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for How-To. 

Kidscape
Do it for the kids! Organizations passionate about the youth and school-aged children are encouraged to apply; featuring arts and crafts, demonstrations, and family-friendly entertainment. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for Kidscape.

LOL@Artscape
So you think you’re funny? Apply to partake in Artscape’s pop-up comedy club, showcasing comedians over two nights. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for LOL@Artscape.

Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations
Love the arts so much, you work for an arts org? Non-profit and arts/cultural organizations are encouraged to apply for an exhibit space at Artscape. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply as a Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organization.

Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Opera, Classical Music, etc.)
Now that’s entertainment! Artscape is looking for a variety of performers to entertain and engage the broad spectrum of festival-goers; featuring dance, theatre, street theatre, pop-up performances, opera, classical and folk music and other creative performances. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for Performing Arts.

ATTENTION MUSICIANS/BANDS:

Applications for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our 2018 festivals are now closed. If you are an emerging musician/band and are interested in applying to perform at one of our 2019 festivals, please visit here after May 1, 2018 to submit an application. 

The Sound Off Live! application is for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our three festivals (Light City, Artscape, and Baltimore Book Festival). Sound Off Live! is a special event, which takes place in October, where emerging musicians/bands selected from the application process perform live in front of a panel of judges, to possibly earn a performance spot (concert stage performances) in one of our three festivals for the following year.

Questions? Email shanson@promotionandarts.org.

If you do not consider yourself an emerging musician/band and would like to be considered for Artscape, please email sgoodwin@promotionandarts.org.

More Information

Visit artscape.org for program descriptions, news and more. 

Sponsorship

There are many opportunities to sponsor Artscape.

Request for Qualifications

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is no longer seeking quotes from equipment vendors for the 2017 festival season. Check back for the 2018 festival season. Please direct any questions to Tess Cooper at tcooper@promotionandarts.org.