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Call For Artists, Exhibitors, Vendors And Organizations: Artscape 2018

Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, invites artists, exhibitors, vendors and organizations to apply to participate in the 2018 festival taking place Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 2018. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting proposals from artists for Artwork Projects and applications for the Artist-Run Art Fair, Food Vendors, The Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”), Gamescape, Kidscape, [email protected], Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations, and Performing Arts (opera, theatre, dance, classical music, street theater, etc.) A description of all available applications is below and on

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, the festival is going back to the basics…ART. For “the year we didn’t have a theme,” artists and festival-goers are encouraged to embrace Artscape for what it is – a fully accessible, 100% FREE, world-class arts festival – right here in the heart of Baltimore City.

New for 2018: Artscape is proud to shine a light on the creative and artistic talent of Baltimore’s youth, with plans to showcase youth-focused programming (in both the visual and performing arts) on Artscape’s opening day, Friday, July 20, 2018.

Applications are available at The deadline for most applications is Wednesday, February 28, 2018, except for the Artists’ Market and Emerging Artist Program, which is Friday, March 30, 2018, and the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize which is Sunday, April 15, 2018. Application fees vary.

Artscape takes place July 20 through July 22, 2018 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. The festival is open Friday and Saturday from 11am-9pm, and Sunday from 11am-7pm. Artscape After Hours, a program of Artscape, takes place Friday and Saturday from 9-11pm, on Charles Street between Preston Street and North Avenue. Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.


Artwork Projects

Artscape is accepting proposals for interactive artwork projects, showcasing the visual and/or performing arts to be featured at the festival. Artists and artist collaborative groups are encouraged to submit a proposal, for an opportunity to have their artwork projects commissioned and featured at the festival. The deadline for submissions isWednesday, February 28, 2018.

Artist-Run Art Fair

In partnership with Open Space Baltimore, the pop-up 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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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 30, 2018.

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 30, 2018.

Food Vendors

Once again, Artscape is thrilled to feature a local food vendor program, with 100 percent of its vendors hailing from the Maryland region. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)

“The Fred” awards $1,000 to a Baltimore City High School student artist, as well as a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA staff, to be on display at the 37th annual Artscape. Applicants must be Baltimore City High School students at the time of application submission. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 15, 2018.


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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018.


Kidscape, the festival’s offering for school-aged children, is now accepting proposals from organizations and entertainers with fun craft ideas, demonstrations, dance, music or performances. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

[email protected]

[email protected] 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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Non-Profit and Arts/Cultural Organizations

Non-profit and Arts/Cultural 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 regionally-based cultural institutions, arts-related cultural resources and arts-related educational institutions. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts – the city’s arts council, events agency and film office – Artscape is America’s largest free arts festivals, attracting 350,000+ festival-goers annually. Artscape features a full schedule of performing arts including live concerts from national, regional and local acts on multiple outdoor stages; professional dance troupes and a wide variety of opera, theater, street theatre and classical music performances. Additionally, the festival showcases visual artists from the Baltimore region and beyond through an artists’ market, outdoor & indoor exhibitions, prize programs and more. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $28.5 million. Admission is free.

For more information on Artscape, call 410-752-8632 or visit  Stay connected by following Artscape on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #Artscape.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.


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