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Gamescape
The 36th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, has new adventures awaiting around every corner this year. Below is a preview of the new program components for festival-goers to enjoy.
  • Art Cars – back by popular demand, Art Cars return to Artscape! Cars will gather at the American Visionary Art Museum on the morning of Saturday, July 22 at 11am and caravan through the city to Mount Royal Avenue, where they will parade through the festival site to their home on Charles Street by Penn Station (at Charles Street Camp Site).
  • Art Installations – the great outdoors just got greater, with five large-scale camp-themed art installations, showcasing both the visual and performing arts: Barter Boat Trading Post (Charles Street by Penn Station); Let’s Build a Big Campfire! (Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets); Camp Ready (1300 block of Charles Street between Mount Royal Avenue and Preston Street); Dance Camp (1704 N. Charles Street); Who’s Watching (Charles Street by Penn Station)
  • Charles Street Camp Site – come relax in the great urban outdoors, soak up the sun in Adirondack chairs, taste camping-inspired eats and connect with fellow “campers.” (Charles Street by Penn Station; adjacent to Charles Street Trail)
  • Charles Street Trail – featuring installation, socially-engaged sculpture, and performance works, Charles Street Trail will incorporate three distinct artist works into one meandering “trail” experience.
  • Dance at The Lyric – returning to Artscape, Dance at The Lyric features Argentinian dance sensation Che Malambo, a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song – the heart of the gaucho (South American cowboy) tradition; free performances on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Film at Artscape – No more “coming soon!” because it’s here! Make sure your Artscape must-see list includes the feature presentation, free shorts, and visits with the filmmakers at the Parkway Theatre, (5 West North Avenue)
  • The Fred Prize Portable Gallery – New this year is a portable gallery for the winner of The Fred Prize, built by Open Works. The winning student artist will have their own curated show in a brand new portable gallery on the median of Mount Royal Avenue.
  • Kidscape (New Location!) – the great outdoors just got greater, with Kidscape now located in Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets.
  • Local Beers and Breweries – Artscape is proud to serve 100% local beers in 2017; featuring Flying Dog Brewery – Numero Uno; Heavy Seas Beer – Pounder Pils; The Brewer’s Art – Resurrection; Union Craft Brewing – Duckpin Ale
  • The Mess Hall – An interactive area with demonstrations and performances, featuring the culinary arts, camp and outdoor-related education and entertainment, with programming from cultural and arts organizations (Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets)
  • Welcome to the Mystic Campgrounds of Gamescape presented by University of Baltimore – On Gordon Plaza, the University of Baltimore will create a game-like campground experience where patrons can take part in an interactive scavenger hunt featuring “Spawn Time” giveaways, photo ops and more.
  • Camp NASA: The Universe Awaits –  Camp NASA comes to Artscape this summer featuring educational, interactive, and fun hands-on activities for would-be space explorers of all ages. Visitors can see what life is like on the International Space Station, touch a Moon rock, and train like an astronaut. There will even be scale models of the next generation rocket that will take humans to Mars.
  • Sondheim Shuttle –  In celebration of the 2017 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize exhibitions, a shuttle will be available on Sunday, July 23 between 12pm-5pm to transport Artscape Festival visitors between the Semi-Finalist Exhibition at MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, the Finalist Exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, and The Dog and Pony Show, an exhibition featuring Sondheim Prize Finalists from years past, located at Area 405.
  • Youth Arts Council – Join the Baltimore Youth Arts Council for camp games, friendship bracelets, and an open mic! Hear your favorite local teen rappers and musicians perform while having fun with old and new friends!
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