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Inspired by the theme Discover, the more than 100 artists of the Artists’ Market have been relocated to the festival’s center on Charles Street from Mount Royal Avenue to Lanvale Street. Guests can discover artworks by festival favorites as well as new participants in the highly competitive and independently juried Artists’ Market. The three-block marketplace features original artworks from local, regional and national artisans including a vibrant variety of paintings, ceramics, 2-D and 3-D mixed media art, metal art, wood art, wearable art and photography.

Artscape has proudly been a part of the Midtown community since 1982    and as the neighborhood changes, the festival always changes with it.    New for this year, Mount Royal Avenue will remain open to vehicular traffic north of the Light RailLink tracks. You can find some of your favorite features at their new locations.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists Exhibition
Due to renovations at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the annual exhibition is located downtown at One Charles Center, located at 100 N. Charles St. near Fayette Street. The new location allows for easy street level entrance.

Gamescape, Teenscape and the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize Exhibition
Artscape’s popular tech arts and youth arts programming is now located in Motor House at 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Street Theater presented by University of Baltimore
The close-up performances of music, dance, magic and more takes place at Gordon Plaza, H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons at 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201.

As the city’s arts council, events center and film office, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. At Artscape, BOPA highlights artistic opportunities in four core pillars: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts and Culinary Arts. There is truly something for everyone to discover at Artscape!

Sydmonauts by Amigo & Amigo (Sydney, Australia)
Originally commissioned by the Sydney Festival in Australia and joining Artscape in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on Saturday, July 20, 2019, the outdoor art installation Sydmonauts features nine astronaut artworks located throughout the festival site. The design of the astronauts was inspired by low poly art, a popular style of 3-D digital art. Three-D animation techniques were applied to create the nine different poses of the sculptures; then papercraft techniques were employed to translate the designs onto flat sheet metal that was then cut and folded to create the faceted sculptures.

Animations on the Big Screen
Featured on the large outdoor LED screen located at the Northwest intersection of Charles and Lanvale streets, Animations on the Big Screen is a two-hour program played each day of Artscape of animated short films curated by local filmmaker Corrie Francis Parks. Parks is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she teaches animation. Parks specializes in sand animation and other esoteric animation techniques. Her work maintains an organic connection to natural materials and traditional production methods while fully integrating digital technology. Parks’ book, Fluid Frames: Experimental Animation with Sand, Clay, Paint, and Pixels, was published in 2016. Her award-winning films have also been included in festivals on every continent except Antarctica.
Squonk’s “Hand to Hand”
The cutting-edge Pittsburgh-based Squonk Opera premieres its brand new show “Hand to Hand” at Artscape at Charles Street Theatre Open Parking Lot at 1704 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Featuring the largest puppet hands in the world and backed by original music, design and staging, don’t miss this “hands on experience”—performing all weekend long.

Friday July 19 at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
Saturday July 20 at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm
Sunday July 21 at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

Arts at The Lyric, Artscape’s Official Performing Arts Venue
Attend performances from local and regional dance troupes, choral groups, orchestras and jazz ensembles at Artscape’s official performing arts venue, Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Saturday, July 20
12pm: DJ Mel Vibez
1pm: Baltimore Black Dance Collective
2:30pm: DJ Mel Vibez
3pm: New Wave Singers of Baltimore
3:30pm: DJ Mel Vibez
4pm: Agora Dance
5pm: DJ Mel Vibez
6pm: Afro House Ballet
7pm: DJ Mel Vibez

Artist Books, Prints, Multiples & Editions Fair
New to Artscape 2019 is the Artist Books, Prints, Multiples & Editions Fair at 1714 N. Charles Street Garage, Baltimore, MD 21201. This unique art fair environment features dozens of artists and artist collaborative groups who create artist books, prints and editions of artwork that range from small sculptures to all kinds of artist designed and made items (toys, games, tote bags, pins and more). This fair is a do-not-miss event. Artwork multiples are often sold at a lower cost, making collecting them more accessible to everyone. 
Poetry Workshop with Alanah Nichole
Saturday, July 20 from 1–3pm
Youth can learn how to write short poems and immerse themselves in creativity at Kidscape Stage in Pearlstone Park at Cathedral and Preston streets.

Celebrate the culinary arts at Artscape. Enjoy local favorites like fried oysters and Otterbein cookies and Artscape classics like crab cakes and frosty lemonade. Sample new offerings including matcha or ube soft serve, brick oven pizza served from an old-fashioned trolley, and for the adventurous foodie, deep fried watermelon, Kwek Kwek style, the Filipino and Soul food fusion that you didn’t know you were missing. Quench your thirst with a cold beer from Maryland’s Open Gate Guinness Brewery, orange crushes with Reyka Vodka, lemonade spiked with Jack Daniel’s Honey, or sip on Josh Cellars rosé all day. Cheers … all beverage sales benefit the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and help keep Artscape free and open to the public.

The new animated Artscape logo encapsulates and elevates the bold art scene of Baltimore while allowing for specific festival highlights integrated directly into the name. View on Artscape’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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