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Attention Campers! Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival invites artists and vendors to apply for its 36th year, July 21-23, 2017. This year’s theme is “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits.” 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.


Artists’ Market
The Artists’ Market highlights visual artists who create and execute original, professional quality work. Submission categories include mixed media, clay, drawing/graphics/printmaking, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography/digital art, wearable art/fashion, wood and other. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Artists’ Market Emerging Artist Program 
The Emerging Artist Program provides an Artists’ Market space to a local up-and-coming artist at no cost. Selected artists will be paired with mentors – established artists working in the same medium who will be available as a resource. A limited number of scholarships are available for this competitive program. Applicants must complete Artists’ Market application by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Art Cars
Artscape invites art car artists to be part of the annual Art Car Show and Art Car Parade in Baltimore. Submissions should incorporate this year’s theme of camp; camp-themed and camp-related vehicles such as RVs, campers, caravan, small trailers, canoes, etc. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Artist-Run Art Fair
In partnership with Open Space Baltimore, the pop-up contemporary art fair is composed of artist-run galleries and exhibition spaces displaying artwork, installations and performances by the artists they represent. Emerging and innovative small, DIY, artist run and cooperatively managed art and exhibition venues from Baltimore and beyond are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

“Field Work” Inside MICA’s Pinkard Gallery
To be hosted in MICA’s Pinkard Gallery, “Field Work” is an indoor exhibition that will include artworks whose subject matter or form demonstrate how nature and/or the fields of science intersect with art. “Field Work” seeks artworks that incorporate nature and science thematically, artwork made from a scientific approach or artworks made from natural materials for final selection.  Artists are encouraged to think broadly, either literally or abstractly in their interpretation of this exhibition topic. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)
“The Fred” awards $1,000 to a high school student artist living or going to school in Baltimore City as well as a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA staff, to be on display at the 36th annual Artscape. Applicants must be high school students at the time of application submission. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 30, 2017.

BOPA will be conducting three workshops to help teens create a portfolio for submission:

1. Thursday, April 20, 2017; 3:00pm - 6:00 pm at Benjamin Franklin High School (1201 Cambria Street)

Gamescape showcases videogames and the creative people who make them. Developers and designers are invited to promote their work through demos and panels. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

In The Neighborhood
Artscape is now accepting applications from businesses and organizations in the Bolton Hill, Midtown and Station North Arts and Entertainment district who are offering a unique experience for festival-goers. Proposals that both literally or conceptually include the theme of camp are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 19, 2017.

The adventure awaits at Camp Kidscape, the youth’s component at Artscape. Camp Kidscape is now accepting proposals from organizations and entertainers with fun craft ideas, demonstrations, dance, music or performances. Proposals that both literally or conceptually include the theme of camp are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

LOL@Artscape is Artscape’s funniest event! The two-night performance highlights the area's best up-and-coming comedic talents. Selected comics will be expected to perform sets between 10 and 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Arts Organizations
Nonprofit organizations that support the visual or performing arts in Baltimore and the surrounding region can apply for exhibition space at the festival. Groups have the opportunity to reach thousands of festival-goers; therefore, they are encouraged to use the exhibit space as a marketing and promotional tool. Eligible nonprofits include arts-related cultural institutions, cultural resources and educational institutions. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Opera, Classical Music, etc.)
Artscape hosts a full schedule of dance, theatre, street theatre, pop-up performances, opera, classical and folk music as well as other creative performances. Performers and performance groups should engage and entertain a broad spectrum of Artscape festival-goers while also developing new audiences. Special attention is given to performances which incorporate the 2017 theme of camp. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Attention Musicians/Bands:
Applications for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our 2017 festivals are now closed. If you are an emerging musician/band and are interested in applying to perform at one of our 2018 festivals, please check back in May 2017, when the Sound Off Live! applications will be posted.

The Sound Off Live! application is for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our three festivals (Light City, Artscape, and Baltimore Book Festival). Sound Off Live! is a special event, which takes place in October, where emerging musicians/bands selected from the application process perform live in front of a panel of judges, to possibly earn a performance spot (concert stage performances) in one of our three festivals for the following year.

If you are not interested in Sound Off Live! and would like to be considered for Artscape 2017, please email Shelia Goodwin.

Have questions about applying to Artscape? Attend an Artscape Information Session!

Up Next:

Thank you to all the artists, vendors, organizations and more who attended one if not more of our Artscape Information Sessions. We appreciate your time and thoughtfully prepared questions. The Q&As from each session are posted below.

Click HERE for the Q&A from the December 15th Artscape Information Session at Motor House

Click HERE for the Q&A from the January 12th Artscape Information Session at Impact Hub

Click HERE for the Q&A from the February 1st Artscape Information Session at Creative Alliance at The Patterson

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 For more information, email or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 410-752-8632.

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