From Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, Baltimore will once again host Artscape , America’s largest free arts festival that attracts over 350,000 attendees over the three-day period. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA), on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts (BFAI), the festival is now in its 35th year of celebrating the vibrant art community in the area. Artscape Baltimore is open to the public and will take place rain or shine.
Celebrate the Arts in Baltimore
Baltimore is a city known not only for its rich cultural and ethnic diversity, but also for its thriving arts community. Galleries, museums and performance halls in and around the city make access to artwork and performances from renowned artists readily available to residents and visitors alike. The theme of Artscape 2016 is “Space,” with a tagline of “Explore What’s Out There.” The Space theme is incorporated throughout the Baltimore art festival’s visual and performing arts programming. This year, Artscape features three outdoor stages and seven indoor venues hosting over 200 live concerts, theater and dance performances, and more. Plus, over 150 visual artists and craftspeople will be displaying and selling their work. Attendees will also enjoy an array of visual and performing art exhibits, such as outdoor sculptures, pop-up street theater and more.
Exhibits and Events at Artscape Baltimore 2016
There’s no shortage of things to do, view and take in at Baltimore’s Artscape this year! This year, several new features have been added to a program that is well worth the one-day trip to the Baltimore area. There are free events at Motor House, and large-scale space-themed art installations lining Pearlstone Park, Cathedral and Preston Streets, the Charles Street bridge, and the Charles Street Theater parking lot. All food vendors are Maryland natives, including 16 of the best food trucks from the region. Plan your visit by downloading the Artscape app to view the entire program on the go! Here are just a few of the featured exhibits and events to attend this year:
Visual Arts Exhibits and Events at Artscape 2016
Head to the Artists’ Market along Mt. Royal Avenue where you can view and purchase art from more than 100 vendors who were selected from nearly 400 applicants. In the lobby of the Artscape Playhouse on Charles Street, the NASA Sun as Art exhibit will showcase a collection of 20 full color, high-resolution images of our star; you’ll never look at the sun in the same way. You can also view artwork from the six finalists in the running for the Sondheim Artscape prize, Baltimore’s most prestigious artist award, at the Thalheimer Galleries of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Or, view artwork from the winner of “The Fred”, or the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize, Hannah Smoot.
Performing Arts Exhibits and Events
Enjoy performances from local, regional and national bands on multiple stages, like the BGE Main Stage at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University Station North Stage. New this year, Artscape at Motor House features Baltimore musicians, visual artists and bands. If you prefer classical music, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be performing all weekend long at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall along with music, dance and art of Baltimore City school children. Or, enjoy folk and classical music at the beautiful Corpus Christi Church. You can also take in pop-up performances anywhere and everywhere and street theater on the steps in front of the MICA Main Building throughout the weekend.
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