Ends on February 28, 2018

$60.00 USD

ARTSCAPE 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 surrounding region.

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):

  • Arts-related regionally-based cultural institution
  • Arts-related cultural resource
  • Arts-related educational 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:

  • Festival provided tent with sidewall; there are no "stand alone" spaces
  • Free access to an electrical outlet and basic overhead lighting
  • Overnight roaming security
  • On-site Artscape help-line
  • Exhibitor Hospitality Welcome at check-in (snacks and bottled water)
  • Listing on Artscape website
  • A comprehensive exhibitor guide (emailed pre festival) with helpful tips
  • Access to over 350,000+ potential members over the festival’s three days

Exhibitor Rules:

  • Exhibitors must keep their space open all hours of the festival weekend, rain or shine.
  • Exhibitors 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.
  • Exhibitors may not bring their own stand-alone/pop-up tent.
  • Once you have paid your exhibitor fee, refunds are not issued for any reason.
  • By submitting an application, you agree to and accept all festival terms and conditions. 

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 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 proposal. 

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.

Questions? Contact 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 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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