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
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
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
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.
Complete Application: Interested
applicants must fill in all parts of the form that follows this application
for Game Developers and Designers.
Interest Statement: Briefly
describe your experience, approach, and design concept for this project.
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.
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.
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)
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 email@example.com.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347.
Application Deadline: Wednesday,
February 28, 2018
Developer/Designer Acceptance Notification: March
Installation: Thursday, July 19 and Friday,
(must be completely installed by 11am Friday, July 20)
Artscape: July 20-22, 2018
Questions? Ben Walsh, Gamescape Curator (via email
Susan Fortkiewicz, Artscape Festival Manager (email@example.com; 443-263-4347).
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.