Ends on March 31, 2017

ARTSCAPE 2017: Kidscape - Request for Proposal

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.

Kidscape hours of operation are the same as the festival - Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 from 11am-9pm, and Sunday, July 23 from 11am-8pm.

Let's experience the adventure of a lifetime at Kidscape, Artscape's youth component. Kidscape is now accepting proposals from organizations and entertainers with their fun craft ideas, demonstrations, dance, music or performances. Proposals that both literally or conceptually include the theme of camp/camping are encouraged. 

NEW FOR 2017! Kidscape will be located in Pearlstone Park, the green space between Cathedral and Preston streets. In addition, there is potential for one of the festival's anchor projects (large-scale art installation; visual and/or performing arts) to be located within 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 Arts, Cultural and Non-Profit Organizations: If you would like to apply to participate in Kidscape, vs. the general Organizations application, please feel free to do so. We encourage organizations with an arts & crafts type project to apply and participate in Kidscape (80% craft, 20% promoting organization).

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.


  • Camp  (i.e. Space Camp, Band Camp, Art Camp, etc)
  • Storytelling
  • Badges 
  • Forts & Cabins
  • Moon & Stars 
  • Nature
  • Demonstrations (on a stage)

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2017

Accepted Participants Notified: by Friday, April 28, 2017

Artscape: July 21-23, 2017

Should you have any questions, please contact Symone Audain, Special Events Coordinator (443-263-4314 or saudain@promotionandarts.org).

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.

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