Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, invites artists and vendors to apply for its 35th year! Visual and performing artists are encouraged to submit proposals with the theme of “Space: Explore What’s Out There” for Artscape 2016. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is accepting applications for Anchor Projects, the Artists’ Market (including the Artists’ Market Emerging Artist Program), Artist-Run Art Fair, Organizations, Food Vendors, the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize, Gamescape, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Space Ships and other Space Vehicles, LOL @ Artscape, Performing Arts (opera, theater, dance, classical music, etc.), Sound off Live! and In the Neighborhood. Applications are available at www.artscape.org/applications. The deadlines for submission and application fees vary. Artscape takes place July 15 through July 17, 2016 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.


Anchor Projects

Artscape 2016 includes approximately four large-scale outdoor performance and/or interactive artwork anchors. Artists and artist collaborative groups working in both the visual and performing arts are encouraged to apply. Projects should incorporate this year’s theme of space either literally or conceptually. Locations include: Mount Royal Avenue median (between Dolphin and Lanvale streets), Charles and Preston streets, Charles Street Bridge (block adjacent to Penn Station) and the Station North Lot (open-air parking lot on the west side of Charles Street, between Lanvale and Lafayette streets). The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 15.

Artist-Run Art Fair

For the third year in a row, Artscape invites artist-run and cooperatively managed DIY art and exhibition venues from around the country to exhibit artists they represent. This unique art fair environment is set in a parking garage within the heart of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, has received numerous acknowledgements in the press for the galleries and artists represented, and is seen by approximately 40,000 visitors throughout the Artscape weekend. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.

Artists’ Market

The Artists’ Market highlights visual artists who create, execute and sell 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 Thursday, March 31.

Artists’ Market Emerging Artist Program

The Emerging Artist Program provides an Artists’ Market space to local up-and-coming artists 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 Thursday, March 31.


Nonprofit organizations that support the visual or performing arts in Baltimore and the surrounding region can apply for exhibition space at the festival. To coincide with this year’s theme of space, organizations that have missions or programs that focus on integrating the Arts with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines are highly preferred. Eligible nonprofits include arts-related cultural institutions, cultural resources and educational institutions. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.

Food Vendors

Artscape ’15 launched a commitment to local food with 95% of the food vendors hailing from the Baltimore region. The Artscape 2016 theme of Space continues this commitment and encourages local vendors to reach into their creative stratosphere with their food and beverage offerings. Application submission deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016.

Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)

“The Fred” awards $1,000 to a high school student artist living in Baltimore City as well as a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA staff, to be on display at the 35th annual Artscape. Applicants must be rising seniors at the time of application submission. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.


Gamescape at Artscape 2016 (sponsored by the University of Baltimore) consists of a video game designer showcase in the UB Learning Commons, featuring local and national game designers demonstrating original games which the public can play for free. Additionally, MAGfest programs bands and events on Gordon Plaza, and also collaborates with Shanklin Media to produce live game events on the LED Art Billboard at Charles St. and Lafayette. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.

11th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious competition which awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. The annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition will be on view Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, July 31 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. An exhibition of the semi-finalists’ artwork will be on view from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 31 at the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of MICA. An awards ceremony takes place Saturday, July 9 at 7pm at the Baltimore Museum of Art where the winner is announced. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 4, 2016.

LOL @ Artscape

LOL @ Artscape is Artscape’s funniest event! The two-night performance during Artscape After Hours (9-11pm) 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 Thursday, March 31.

Performing Arts (Dance, Theater, Opera, Classical Music, etc)

Artscape hosts a full schedule of dance, theater, street theater, pop-up performances, opera, jazz, classical and folk music as well as other creative performances. Applications are being accepted for full productions, one-act plays, improv, workshops, music and dance 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 2016 theme of space. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.

Space Ships and other Space Vehicles

Artscape invites art car artists and all artists to be part of the annual Art Car Show and Art Car Parade in Baltimore. Artscape will be offering commissions for the creation of new cars, bikes and other wheeled vehicles. In keeping with Artscape’s 2016 theme of space, art cars, bikes and other wheeled vehicles with a space theme: rockets cars, lunar rovers, or any vehicle designed to (theoretically) escape the earth’s atmosphere or exist on another plant.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.

Sound Off Live!

On Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29, 2016 local bands compete for one of Artscape’s limited time slots. This year, Sound Off Live! takes place at Hard Rock Café Baltimore, 601 E. Pratt Street, during the inaugural Light City Baltimore, a festival of light, music and innovation. All music genres are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 1 by 4pm.

In the Neighborhood

Artscape accepts applications from businesses and organizations in Bolton Hill, Midtown and Station North Arts & Entertainment District that offer a unique experience for festival-goers during the week of Artscape. New this year, businesses are invited to participate in a window decorating contest with a grand prize of $1,000! Going along with the theme of “Space: Explore What’s Out There,” businesses are encouraged to decorate their exterior in an “out of this world” fashion (lights, aliens, solar system…the possibilities are endless). Judging is based on three criteria: theme, creativity and Baltimore pride. Members of Artscape’s Space Advisory Committee will vote on Friday, July 15, with the winner announced on Saturday, July 16. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31.


Kidscape, the children’s world of Artscape, invites school-age children to “explore what’s out there” by participating in crafts, demonstrations and activities that are out of this world! Festival-goers are encouraged to shoot for the stars while learning about space and making memories with their family and friends. Organizations, institutions and family-friendly entertainers interested in bringing their extra-terrestrial ideas to Artscape should contact Pooja Sampathi at [email protected] The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 15, 2016.

Attracting more than 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. Admission is free.

For more information on Artscape, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.artscape.org.