Ends on March 31, 2017

ARTSCAPE 2017:  Performing Arts Application

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.


We are looking for creative performances in theater, dance, classical music, folk music, jazz, operatic and world music and are combining the calls for entry for these art forms, as well as pop-up and street theater performances. We are accepting applications for full productions, one-act plays, improv, workshops, music and dance performances. Please Note: these performances do not include music/concert performances on the festival’s three outdoor music stages. Theatre Project will serve as the venue for theatre and local dance.  Falvey Hall in the Brown Center at MICA will host music (jazz, opera, classical and world music) performances. The Corpus Christi Church is reserved for classical/folk music performances. Street Theatre performances will take place outdoors in front of the Main MICA building on Mt. Royal Avenue. Pop-up performances are short performances occurring throughout the Artscape site during the weekend. All performances are FREE and open to the public.

Keep this year’s theme of camp in mind as you are planning your Artscape proposal. Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate Artscape's theme of camp/camping, either literally or conceptually. Artscape's goal is to present a full schedule of quality performances, for all three days of the festival. We want to entertain and engage a broad demographic of Artscape festival-goers, and develop new, year-round audiences for theater and dance companies and musical performers in the region. We invite companies to submit more than one proposal, if they have multiple ideas they are considering. For example, a theater company could propose a full-scale production of King Lear, a one-act send-up of Shakespeare’s work and an improv workshop for teens. Although all three proposals may not be practical for the company to execute during a single Artscape weekend, we plan to “mix and match” the proposals we receive to maximize our budget and venue options. To keep our schedule fresh, repeat performances are not encouraged. We welcome all NEW ideas.

The Artscape performing arts team will review these proposals, and reserves the right to ask companies to revise proposals if needed (based on potential scheduling conflicts and budget considerations). Please keep your proposal brief.


The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31, 2017.

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

Artscape notifications will be made by Friday, April 28, 2017.


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.


Artscape's Performing Arts 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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