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.

222 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:

Artwork Projects – click here to read the Call for Proposals 
Artscape is accepting proposals for interactive artwork projects, showcasing the visual and/or performing arts to be featured at the festival. Artists and artist collaborative groups are encouraged to submit a proposal, for an opportunity to have their artwork projects commissioned and featured at the festival. 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
In partnership with Open Space Baltimore, the pop-up fair is composed of artist-run galleries and exhibition spaces displaying artwork, installations and performances by the artists they represent. Emerging and innovative small, DIY, artist run and cooperatively managed art and exhibition venues from Baltimore and beyond are encouraged to apply.The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Click here to apply for the Artist-Run Art Fair.

Artists’ Market
The Artists’ Market highlights 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
The Emerging Artist Program provides an Artists’ Market space to a local up-and-coming artist at no cost. Selected artists will be paired with mentors – established artists working in the same medium who will be available as a resource. 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.

Food Vendors
Once again, Artscape is thrilled to feature a local food vendor program, with 100 percent of its 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”)
“The Fred” awards $1,000 to a Baltimore City High School student artist, as well as a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA staff, to be on display at the 37th annual Artscape. Applicants must be Baltimore City High School students at the time of application submission. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Click here to apply for the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)

Gamescape
Gamescape showcases videogames and the creative people who make them. Developers and designers are invited to promote their work through demos and panels. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for Gamescape. 

Kidscape
Kidscape, the festival’s offering for school-aged children, is now accepting proposals from organizations and entertainers with fun craft ideas, demonstrations, dance, music or performances. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Click here to apply for Kidscape. 

LOL@Artscape
LOL@Artscape is Artscape’s funniest event! The two-night performance highlights the area's best up-and-coming comedic talents. Selected comics will be expected to perform sets between 10 and 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Click here to apply for LOL@Artscape.

Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations
Non-profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations that support the visual or performing arts in Baltimore and the surrounding region can apply for exhibition space at the festival. Groups have the opportunity to reach thousands of festival-goers; therefore, they are encouraged to use the exhibit space as a marketing and promotional tool. Eligible nonprofits include arts-related regionally-based cultural institutions, arts-related cultural resources and arts-related educational institutions. 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.)
Artscape hosts a full schedule of dance, theatre, street theatre, pop-up performances, opera, classical and folk music as well as other creative performances. Performers and performance groups should engage and entertain a broad spectrum of Artscape festival-goers while also developing new audiences. 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.

Have Questions about Applying to Artscape? Attend the Information Session: 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6-7pm 
Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224)

The information session is designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal or application for Artscape (and the Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30, 2018) an opportunity to ask questions about the process, hear more about requirements for submitting a proposal, learn more about the festival, meet up with potential collaborators and hear about locations in the festival footprint that may offer inspiration for a proposal. 

The information session is approximately one hour in length; patrons are responsible for own parking. Please RSVP to rsvp@promotionandarts.org; for more information, emailartscape@promotionandarts.org or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347. 

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.