Ends on July 21, 2017

ARTSCAPE 2017: Gamescape - Call for Designers and Developers

The 36th annual Artscape, America's largest free arts festival, returns July 21-23, 2017. The festival's theme for 2017 is...

Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits! offers wondrous possibilities for festival-goers to experience the visual and performing arts in a variety of ways. For many, one of the most exciting parts of summer is taking time to engage in new experiences. Whether at an away camp or a local summer program, it’s something to look forward to all year—truly a staple of the summer season. The same goes for Artscape; it’s just not summer without it! The theme allows all involved to step out of their comfort zone, learn something new, and experience the adventure that awaits in Baltimore. 

Artscape hours of operation are Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 23 from 11am-9pm and Sunday, July 23 from 11am-8pm. Artscape After Hours returns on Friday and Saturday nights on Charles Street (from Preston Street to North Avenue) from 9-11pm. Artscape takes place rain or shine.

Gamescape, a visual arts exhibition showcasing video games, is currently open for submissions. With the return of video games to Artscape in Baltimore City, we aim to have developers & designers showcase and promote games that they have created.

This exhibition will include classic arcade machines, video game demos, and panels on game development and design, and a costume component. Gamescape is open Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 from 11am-9pm, and Sunday, July 23 from 11am-8pm.  

Developers are encouraged to submit games for any platform, as long as they are able to provide the equipment necessary to demo the game themselves. Submissions will be reviewed by curator Ben Walsh.

Storytelling, good drawing skills, animation, 3D modeling and the art of conceiving ideas are important to the gaming field.  While video games are a blend of art and technology, it’s the art that is at the forefront.  With it, game developers tell stories that illicit such emotions as joy, satisfaction, and horror; creating an experience that can be both entertaining and enlightening.

Curator: Benjamin Walsh

Ben Walsh, video game producer and designer, a leader in the Baltimore technology and game development communities. As the visionary leader and co-founder of Innovate Baltimore, a community for creative technology entrepreneurs, professionals, and enthusiasts in the region, Ben connects creatives with technologists in order to inspire collaboration. He is also the CEO and Founder of Pure Bang Games, a local independent game studio focused on creating social games for Facebook and mobile.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31, 2017. 

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

Have questions about applying to Artscape? Attend an Artscape Information Sessions:

  1. Thursday, December 15th; 5:30pm at Motor House (120 W. North Avenue)
  2. Thursday, January 12th; 5:30pm at Impact Hub (10 E. North Avenue)
  3. Wednesday, February 1st; 5:30pm at Creative Alliance at The Patterson (3134 Eastern Avenue)

Our Information Sessions are designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal or application for Artscape an opportunity to ask questions about the process, hear more about requirements for submitting a proposal, learn more about the festival’s theme, meet up with potential collaborators and hear about locations in the festival footprint that may offer inspiration for a proposal. 

All sessions begin at 5:30pm and are one hour in length; patrons are responsible for own parking. Please RSVP to rsvp@promotionandarts.org and indicate session 1, 2 or 3. For more information, email artscape@promotionandarts.org or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347.


Any game developer or designer is eligible to apply. If applying as a team, the team should be declared in the Interest Statement, specifying a team leader to receive notifications. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Current Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts employees are not eligible to apply.


·         Complete application: interested individuals must fill in all parts of the form that follows this Call to Game Developers and Designers. 

·         Interest Statement: briefly describe your experience, approach, and design concept for this project.

·         Working Game Demo/Images: Developer should submit a working demo of the game that they would like to be considered for inclusion in this exhibition.  In the absence of a working demo, screenshots and a brief description will be allowed.  Images should be uploaded onto a CD, be in jpeg format, be no larger than 2MB in size per image, and numbered accordingly to the submitted annotated image list. Selected participants will need to provide for their own technology needs such as hardware, internet access, cables, etc.

·         Annotated Image List:  in the absence of a working Game Demo images submitted must be accompanied by a numbered image list with descriptions related to each image submitted.  



Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2017

Developer/Designer Acceptance Notification: May 1, 2016

Installation: Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 (must be completely installed by 11am Friday, July 21)

Artscape: July 21-23, 2017


Lou Joseph
Visual Arts Specialist, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Phone: (443) 263-4339 | Email: Ljoseph@PROMOTIONandARTs.org

Gamescape is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA).  Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

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