2018: Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations – Application
The Baltimore Office of Promotion
& The Arts is seeking non-profit and
arts/cultural organizations to participate in the 37th annual
Artscape – America's largest free arts festival – returning July 20-22, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibition spaces reserved for
non-profit and arts/cultural organizations at the festival are intended to
highlight those that support the visual or performing arts in Baltimore and the
In order to be considered for an exhibit space at Artscape,
you must be a non-profit and/or arts/cultural organization, and meet at least
one of the following criteria (i.e. it’s Artscape – you must have an 80% “art
hook” in the exhibit space):
regionally-based cultural institution
Organizations are encouraged to use Artscape as a marketing
and promotional tool. While festival staff recognizes that Artscape is an
excellent opportunity to generate revenue, we require that organizations
accepted into the festival limit the amount of merchandise available for sale
in their booth, to 30% of all materials exhibited. BOPA reserves the right
to refuse participation by any organization at its sole discretion.
Exhibitor Packages are $700 (for a 10' x 10' x7’ space) or
$750 (for a 10' x 10' x 10’ space) and include:
provided tent with sidewall; there are no "stand alone" spaces
access to an electrical outlet and basic overhead lighting
Hospitality Welcome at check-in (snacks and bottled water)
on Artscape website
comprehensive exhibitor guide (emailed pre festival) with helpful tips
to over 350,000+ potential members over the festival’s three days
must keep their space open all hours of the festival weekend, rain or
may not re-sell, share with an unaccepted exhibitor or sub-let any portion
of their space. Any violation of these stipulations by exhibitors will
result in expulsion from the festival, and a fee refund will not be given.
may not bring their own stand-alone/pop-up tent.
you have paid your exhibitor fee, refunds are not issued for any reason.
submitting an application, you agree to and accept all festival terms and
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 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.
Krista Green, Assistant Director of Cultural Affairs (via email
or direct dial 443-263-4342).
Artscape’s Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural
Organizations 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.