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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces applications are available for Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City for 2019. Applications are being accepted in the areas of visual, performing, literary and culinary arts, youth programming, community engagement and neighborhood businesses. Application deadlines vary.

2019 Festivals: Artistic Opportunities & Creative Engagements
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Visual Arts
Artscape 2019: Artists’ Market Application
Visual artists and craftspeople can apply for consideration for the Artists’ Market, which highlights artists who create original, professional quality work.

Artscape 2019: Artscape Gallery Network Application

Visual artists and art galleries throughout Baltimore City and County can submit an application for the Artscape Gallery Network, an expansion of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The Artscape Gallery Network is designed to raise the visibility of and attract more visitors to Baltimore’s thriving arts community.

Artscape 2019: Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”) Application
Baltimore high school student artists can compete in the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize that seeks to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the city.

Artscape 2019: Gamescape - Designers and Developers Application
Creative developers and designers can promote their video games through demos and panels during Gamescape.
Artscape 2019: Visual Arts - A Giant Leap
Artists, designers and artist/designer collaborators can submit proposals to create large-scale ground-based patterns and redesigned playground games. Patterned artworks will be painted by the selected artists or artist collaborators directly onto the street and pavement surface along Charles Street from Mt. Royal Avenue to Lanvale Street.

Artscape 2019: Visual Arts - Animations on the Big Screen
Artists can submit content for the large outdoor LED screen located at the intersection of Charles and Lanvale streets. The “Animations on the Big Screen” exhibition will feature looped video and time-based media content that explores the range and diversity of traditional and experimental forms of animated short films.

Artscape 2019: Visual Arts - Artist Books, Prints, Multiples and Editions Fair
Artists and artist collaborators who create books, prints, multiples and other editions can apply to participate in a brand new fair in the 1700 block of N. Charles Street, within the festival footprint. Walls will be installed around the perimeter of the covered parking garage to create a pop-up gallery.

Artscape 2019: Visual Arts - Landing on Charles Street
Artists and artist collaborators working in the visual and performing arts can apply to create large, medium or small scale indoor and outdoor installation-based artworks along Charles Street from Mt. Royal Avenue to Lanvale Street.

Artscape 2019: Visual Arts - Modules
Galleries, artist collaborators or maker resource organizations working in the visual and performing arts can submit proposals to repurpose a shipping container into exhibition space or workshop to be installed along Charles Street from Mt. Royal Avenue to Lanvale Street.

Artscape 2019: Visual Arts - moonstruck
Artists can apply for consideration for “moonstruck,” an exhibition to be hosted in an indoor gallery space on or near the footprint of Artscape that will include artworks of all media whose subject matter or form demonstrate an affinity for the moon or any of its characteristics or properties.

Performing Arts
Performing artists can apply to showcase their talents in a variety of disciplines including classical music, dance, fashion, jazz, opera, spoken word and theater.

Culinary Arts
Artscape 2019: Food Vendor Application
Food vendors can submit an application to participate in the 2019 festival season including Artscape, the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City.

Youth Programming
Artscape 2019: Kidscape Application
Entertainers and organizations with fun craft ideas, hands-on activities and workshops, demonstrations, and creative dance and music performances can apply to be featured in Artscape’s children’s area, Kidscape. 

Artscape 2019: Teenscape Application

Teenscape is for Baltimore City youth makers, speakers, bands, musicians and organizations passionate about the arts who wish to participate at Artscape.

Artscape’s Youth Day on Friday, July 19, 2019 Application
Baltimore creatives ages 19 and younger can apply to participate in Kidscape, Teenscape or other performing arts programming during the 2nd annual Artscape’s Youth Day, celebrating the talents of youth artists, performers, makers and creators.

Community Engagement
Artscape 2019: Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations/Community Partners Application
Nonprofit and cultural organizations have an opportunity to participate in Artscape by submitting an application describing how they plan to actively engage festivalgoers, as well as provide them with an exceptional and memorable experience.

Neighborhood Businesses and Organizations
Artscape 2019: In the Neighborhood Application
Baltimore-based businesses who can offer festivalgoers an exceptional Artscape experience can submit an application to participate in the festival. Experiences with an Artscape “hook” or visual/performing arts related content are required.


Applications for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our 2019 festivals are now closed. If you are an emerging musician/band and are interested in applying to perform at one of our 2020 festivals, please visit here after May 15, 2019 to submit an application. 

The Sound Off Live! application is for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our three festivals (Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City). 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.

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If you do not consider yourself an emerging musician/band and would like to be considered for Artscape, please email


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