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).
festival is not able to provide free parking for its artists, exhibitors, and
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, email email@example.com 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,
Questions? Contact Symone Audain, Special
Events Coordinator (via email
or direct dial 443-263-4342).
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.
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.