2018: Performing Arts – 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 creative performances in dance, theater, operatic, American and world music, storytelling and poetry, and are combining the calls for entry for these art forms,
as well as pop-up and street theater performances. Please
Note: these performances do not include music/concert performances on
the festival’s three outdoor music stages.
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
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. 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.
Artscape's goal is to present a full schedule of
quality performances, for all three days of the festival. We want to entertain
and engage a broad demographic of Artscape festival-goers, and develop new,
year-round audiences for theater and dance companies and musical performers in
the region. We invite companies to submit more than one proposal, if they have
multiple ideas they are considering. For example, a theater company could
propose a full-scale production of King Lear, a one-act send-up of
Shakespeare’s work and an improv workshop for teens. Although all three
proposals may not be practical for the company to execute during a single
Artscape weekend, we plan to “mix and match” the proposals we receive to
maximize our budget and venue options. To keep our schedule fresh, repeat
performances are not encouraged. We welcome all NEW ideas.
The Artscape performing arts team will review these proposals, and reserves the
right to ask companies to revise proposals if needed (based on potential
scheduling conflicts and budget considerations). Please keep your proposal
Theatre Project (45 W. Preston Street) will serve as the venue
for theatre and local dance. Falvey Hall in the Brown Center (1301 W. Mt. Royal
Avenue) at the Maryland Institute College of Art will host music (jazz, opera,
classical and world music) performances. The Corpus Christi Church (110 W. Mt.
Royal Avenue) is reserved for classical/folk music performances. Street Theatre
performances will take place outdoors in front of the Main Building at Maryland
Institute College of Art (1300 W. Mt. Royal Avenue). Pop-up performances
are short performances occurring throughout the Artscape festival footprint
during the weekend. All performances are FREE and open to the
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 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
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.
Chris Brooks, Community Arts Specialist (via email
or direct dial 443-263-4347).
Artscape’s Performing Arts Program 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
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.