Ends on February 28, 2018

ARTSCAPE 2018: Kidscape Application 

The 37th annual Artscape – America's largest free arts festival – returns July 20-22, 2018. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) invites artists and artist collaborative groups to apply to have an artwork project commissioned and featured at this year’s festival.

For 2018, Artscape is seeking non-profit and arts/cultural organizations and entertainers to participate in the festival with interactive programming to include crafts, demonstrations, dance, music and/or performances. Proposals should include a strong visual-arts element/booth display/décor.

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. We plan to showcase youth-focused programming (in both the visual and performing arts) on Artscape’s opening day – Friday, July 20, 2018. If you are interested in participating and would like to provide programming, please indicate so in your application.


Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts – the city’s arts council, events agency and film office – Artscape is America’s largest free arts festivals, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, photography, Artscape Gallery Network and the $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on three outdoor stages; a robust schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, Baltimore-proud menu of food and beverage available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $28.5 million.


Artscape takes place rain or shine, and is open from 11am-9pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, and 11am-7pm on Sunday, July 22. Kidscape is open from 11am-8pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, and 11am-7pm on Sunday, July 22. Artscape After Hours (Charles Street only, from Preston Street to North Avenue) is open from 9-11pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 nights.


Again in 2018, Kidscape will be located in Pearlstone Park, the green space between Cathedral and Preston streets. In addition, the festival is requesting artists to submit proposals for artwork projects (visual art installations and/or performing arts), to also be located in Pearlstone Park, to compliment Kidscape and its programming. 

Applications should portray how you plan to actively engage the audience (families and school-age children) and provide a unique and memorable experience for festival-goers. In keeping with the spirit of the festival, all works and performances must be free and open to the public the entire Artscape weekend. All activities excluding performers and entertainment must be staffed during all festival hours. 

Attention Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations: If you would like to apply to participate in Kidscape, vs. the general Exhibitors/Organizations application, please feel free to do so. We encourage organizations with arts and crafts type projects and youth focused programming, education and entertainment to apply for Kidscape (80% craft/programming, 20% promoting organization).

Parking: The festival is not able to provide free parking for its artists, exhibitors, and vendors.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.


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 an application for Artscape and/or Baltimore Book Festival an opportunity to ask questions about the process, hear more about requirements for submitting a proposal/application, learn more about the festivals, meet up with potential collaborators and hear about locations in the festival footprints that may offer inspiration for proposals/applications.

The information session is approximately one hour in length; patrons are responsible for own parking. Please RSVP to artscape@promotionandarts.org

For more information, email sfortkiewicz@promotionandarts.org or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347.


Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Accepted Participants Notified: by Friday, March 30, 2018

Artscape: July 20-22, 2018


Questions? Contact Symone Audain, Special Events Coordinator (via email or direct dial 443-263-4342).

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

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. 

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