Escape into the Artscape


Get excited for America’s largest free arts festival, right here in Baltimore from July 19th until July 21st. Located on Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street, the festival is held both outdoors in tents and inside the neighborhood’s premier exhibition spaces and performing arts venues. Notify your friends and family about this upcoming fun, free, and artsy event! It’s an easy walk from Fitzgerald, so meet up with some friends at your apartments via light rail and head over together.

BOPA and BFAI’s Purpose
Artscape is produced and funded by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) for the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. (BFAI). BOPA is a local non-profit whose goal is to make Baltimore a more lively, creative, and vibrant community through various arts councils, film offices, and special events agencies. Additionally, BFAI aims to maintain cultural equity and parallel the diversity located within the large city. This incorporation ensures that all persons of marginalized groups in regard to biological sex, gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age, ability, socioeconomic status, geographic location, citizenship status, and/or religious affiliation are represented within all aspects of the arts community.

Since 1982, Artscape has become one of the most popular and largest annual arts festival for performing, film, literary, and visual arts. In the past, it has been hosted by legends such as Ray Charles, Patti Labelle, and Arethra Franklin.

Artscape’s 2019 Theme: Discover
Discover over 100 artists and craftspeople at Artists’ Market next month. This three-block marketplace features original artworks from local, regional, and national artisans. Check out the colorful paintings, chiseled wood art, metal art, ceramics, interesting 2-D and 3-D mixed art, detailed wearable art, and classic photography.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, “Artscape Saturday” on July 20th, will be replicating the out-of-this-world experiences. Discover a new talent, artistic preference, creative viewpoint, and/or culinary taste. Discover the fun in stand-up comedy, line dancing, and take a bite into some fried watermelon.

Visual Arts
Sydmonauts by Amigo & Amigo was originally commissioned by the Sydney Festival in Australia and will be hosting an installation on Saturday, July 20th for the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This outdoor art installation features nine astronaut artworks and was inspired by low-poly, or 3-D, digital art.

Animations on the Big Screen by local filmmaker and professor Corrie Francis Parks
This exhibit onnects organic and natural materials with digital technology. Her interesting use of sand animation have won awards and been displayed in festivals on every continent, sans Antarctica.

Performing Arts
Squonk’s “Hand to Hand” is a cutting-edge Opera that features puppet hands and original music, design, and staging. So, don’t miss out on this unique experience! This Squonk Opera will be performed on Friday at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m., and lastly Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Arts at the Lyric, Artscape’s Official Performing Arts Venue
View performances from local and regional dance troupes, choral groups, orchestras, and jazz ensembles. The lineup for Saturday, July 20th includes:

12:00 p.m. DJ Mel Vibez
1:00 p.m. Baltimore Black Dance Collective
2:30 p.m. DJ Mel Vibez
3:00 p.m. New Wave Singers of Baltimore
3:30 p.m. DJ Mel Vibez
4:00 p.m. Agora Dance
5:00 p.m. DJ Mel Vibez
6:00 p.m. Afro House Ballet
7:00 p.m. DJ Mel Vibez

Literary Arts
Artist Books, Prints, Multiples & Editions Fair
This includes affordable collectable items from sculptures, toys, games, tote bags, pins, books, and prints that are accessible to everyone.

Alanah Nichole is hosting an Annual Poetry Workshop
This workshop takes place on Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is catered to youth and younger generations at the Kidscape Stage.

Culinary Arts

Enjoy local favorites from fried oysters, crab cakes, and frozen lemonade and sample new delectables such as matcha and ube soft-serve, brick-oven pizza, and deep-fried watermelon. Worried about feeling parched in this summer heat? Artscape will be serving some amazing mixed drinks, crushes, wines, and cold beers from local breweries and bars. Buying these delicacies and drinks help keep this festival free and supportive of the Baltimore community.

Check out the website to learn more and do not miss out on this once-a-year opportunity, especially when you live so close by!