Ends on February 28, 2018

ARTSCAPE 2018: Gamescape 

Designers and Developers 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 now accepting applications for developers and designers to showcase and promote video games they have created. Gamescape is a visual arts exhibition, showcasing videogames, and includes classic arcade machines, video game demos, and panels on game development and design, and a costume component.

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.


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.


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 Benjamin Walsh and Artscape staff.

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.


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.


1.    Complete Application: Interested applicants must fill in all parts of the form that follows this application for Game Developers and Designers. 

2.    Interest Statement: Briefly describe your experience, approach, and design concept for this project.

3.    Working Game Demo/Images: Applicants 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.

4.    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.  

Submissions will be reviewed and accepted/declined by Benjamin Walsh, Gamescape curator, and Artscape staff.

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 a proposal or 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

Developer/Designer Acceptance Notification: March 30, 2018

Installation: Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20

(must be completely installed by 11am Friday, July 20)

Artscape: July 20-22, 2018

Questions? Ben Walsh, Gamescape Curator (via email or 443-762-4119).

Susan Fortkiewicz, Artscape Festival Manager (sfortkiewicz@promotionandarts.org; 443-263-4347).

Gamescape 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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