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Drinking Water by Stevie Dissinger presented by MICA
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.

We’re not “kidding” around! New this year, Artscape’s opening day, Friday, July 20, is Youth Day! A variety of youth-focused programming – both performance and visual, indoor and outdoors – will be featured by Baltimore youth artists, makers, and performers throughout the day. Come support the creative and artistic talents of Baltimore’s youth!

Silent Disco  (Supporting Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University)
Location: 1300 block on Mt. Royal Avenue, in the median
Imagine a crowd of people dancing wearing wireless headphones, but no music can be heard. Experience Silent Disco, a series of dance parties at Artscape. As you walk in you are handed your own pair of headphones. What at first appeared to be a crowd dancing wildly to silence becomes a full sensory experience. DJ’s will perform at each silent disco dance party; participants will experience a diverse sampling of fun dance music from some of Baltimore’s best DJ talent.

Squonk Opera’s Pneumatica
Location: 1704 Charles Street
Three Days of Shows: Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22
Pneumatica is an event about air, made of air and powered by air. The Squonkers pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience. Figures and tentacles grow, powered by blowers and vortex fans, and culminate in the 40-foot high Lady Pneumatica who incorporates a wind turbine on her head. She blossoms with sails, breathing steam and raising her inflated arms to the sky. Squonk’s music incorporates the swoops and eddies of air with electronic bagpipes and a vertical accordion that is Lady Pneumatica’s lungs, played like a piano while it rises and falls with her breath. Playing with visual puns, air is used to activate costumes – Squonkers inflate like blowfish and musically activate headtubes with wild guitar and bass riffs.

Artwork Projects (interactive projects and installations, showcasing the visual and/or performing arts)
Location: various, throughout festival footprint
•    Department of Beauty Maintenance: Trash-Scape (Artist: Thick Air Studios)
•    Choose Your Own Adventure (Artist: Becky Borlan & Graham Coriel Allen)
•    Screen Station (Artist: Baltimore Youth Arts)
•    Drain Snake Races (Artist: Station North Tool Library)
•    Drinking Water (Artist: Stevie Dissinger)
•    Elemental Progression (Artist: String Theory Theater)
•    Leavings  (Artist: Narkio Marvit-Suyemoto)
•    Circulation Newspaper Box Upcycling Exhibit (Artist: Kristy Knowles)
•    Headspace (Artist: Magdalena Sudnik)
•    Chesapeake Bay Bridge Bench (Artist: Morgan State University College Discovery Academy)
•    Origami Ornamentation (Artist: Peijan Art)

Dance Camp
Location: 1300 block of North Charles Street 
Making its debut as an artwork project at Artscape 2017, Dance Camp by Guardian Dance Company returns as a component of Artscape 2018. At Dance Camp, Artscape attendees will experience a life-changing and inspiring array of dance programming including interactive workshops, high-energy performances, professional competitions, and nightly social dances. The schedule is artfully designed to provide the audience with diverse experiences of the local, national or international dance scene. Talent shows, games and performances are spread out throughout the schedule to actively engage the audience to participate and cheer on their favorite pros, students and community members

LOL@Artscape with BIG (Baltimore Improv Group)
Location: The BIG Theater, 1727 North Charles Street
NEW to LOL@Artscape this year, is BIG-Baltimore Improv Group! Experience free improv workshops all three days of the festival, and attend free improv shows at 7pm and 8pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 – all leading up to Artscape’s pop-up comedy club, LOL@Artscape. LOL@Artscape features approximately 20 local and regional standup comedians during Artscape After Hours (Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 9-11pm).

Kidscape Performance Space
Location: Pearlstone Park (Cathedral and Preston streets)
Artscape invites the entire family to explore the new Kidscape Performance Space! In the heart of Pearlstone Park, the performance space is an interactive platform with demonstrations and performances, featuring education and entertainment, with programming from a wide range of organizations.

Teenscape by BOPA’s Youth Arts Council
Location: Pearlstone Park (Cathedral and Preston streets)
The BOPA Youth Arts Council presents: Teenscape, a section of Artscape dedicated to teen programming. A grouping of three chalkboard structures, assembled by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, will be open all three days where a collection of different types of chalk will be available to create an accumulative mural based on the prompt: ‘What do you love about art.’ Artscape’s teen festival-goers can also experience a special effects makeup tutorial and demonstration by Siobhan Beckett of the Nevermore Haunt. Once teens have had an opportunity to be made-up, there will be a photo booth, courtesy of Human Being Productions where they enjoy having their pictures taken and receive hard copies of their photos. There will be a lounge area for friends and family to watch the photo session and an opportunity for young people to learn about the photography process.

FREE Pedicab Rides
Experience the festival in a whole new motion! Artscape is excited to announce FREE pedicab rides during festival hours (Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 11am-9pm; Sunday, July 22 from 11am-7pm). Come check out parts of the festival you may be missing at the “top of the hill” – more Artists’ Market vendors, local bands on the Morgan State University Festival Stage, visual arts exhibits and performing arts (bonus: those are in air-conditioned indoor venues), food and beverages, a new Silent Disco, and more!

Pedicab rides take place on Mt. Royal Avenue, between Maryland Avenue and Lafayette Ave. There are two hubs to get in line for pedicab rides:

Hub #1 – Mt. Royal Ave at Maryland Ave, northwest corner by the Lyric (rides go north, up to Morgan State University Festival Stage/Lafayette Avenue)

Hub #2 – Mt. Royal Ave at Lafayette Ave, southest corner by MICA’s Cohen Plaza (rides go south, to the Lyric/Maryland Avenue)

Looking to meet up with friends and family while you’re at Artscape? Use the Morgan State University Festival Stage, the official meet up space of Artscape, as a point of reference. Look for the 8’ tall Artscape picture frame just south of the stage (great selfie/photo op!). And, to get there is easy – hop on Artscape’s free pedicab rides!
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