If there is one annual event that everyone in Baltimore knows about it is Artscape. For one weekend Baltimore residents from all neighborhoods let their hair down and get in touch with their creative side. Even if they do not have one, they come down to Mount Royal Avenue to experience Artscape, feel connected with their fellow residents and the city of Baltimore.
It is one of the few festivals in the city that is not centralized on a neighborhood, a nationality, an ethnicity, a profession or anything else that might be perceived as a category. It is about the arts, and only the arts, and all art forms are represented at Artscape.
More than 150 artists, fashion designers and artisans have the opportunity to feature their work, and with four outdoor stages, local and national talented musicians are continuously playing throughout the weekend. Past performers have included Robin Thick, Music Soul Child, Whizz Khalifa, and Fatasia Barrino from the 2004 edition of American Idol. These are just a few of the many national artists that have performed, and just of few of the many music genre that are represented at the festival. It also provides a great opportunity to discover a new genre or artist.
Performing arts, including dance, theater, opera, films and so much more are featured throughout the weekend as well as family events, children’s entertainers, hands-on activities, demonstrations, workshops, and of course competitions. What’s a festival without good competitions to engage the visitors? And let’s not forget the food! The variety and the choice alone will make you full before you even start to eat.
Artscape is America’s largest art festival that remains free and open to the public, and attracts a crowd of more than 350,000 people; and its economic impact on the city of Baltimore is $25.97 millions. Now that is one mighty big impact for an event. This year Artscape is scheduled for July 20th through July 22nd. For more information, and details on the schedules click here.
WHEN: June 20, 2012 – July 22, 2012