Writing by Julie Young
Baltimore, Maryland, the 29th most populous city in the United States, always has an event going on. Whether it’s a food festival or a concert, there is constantly something to keep people busy. In this case, it’s an art festival. According to the official Artscape website, “Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople.” This year’s Artscape is open from July 15 to July 17, from 11 am to 9 pm, which leaves plenty of opportunity for visitors to experience a full day of art!
Each year, Artscape has different themes that the artwork and decorations are centered around. This year’s space theme allows attendees to dress up in their most galactic themed outfits and accessories.
But don’t worry, if visual arts isn’t your thing, there are many other options to keep yourself and others entertained at the festival. For example, live music, which features all types of genres ranging from hip hop to jazz, will be available all day. Street theater and delicious food are also a main attraction at Artscape, with only food from Maryland venders. On Saturday, July 16 from 10:30 to 12:30 pm, Artscape hosts a Bmore Fit Dancewalk, which allows festival attendees to dance to musical tributes of Prince and David Bowie.
Artscape is a wonderful chance to experience artwork, but it also has many opportunities to explore the different cultures of the Baltimore area. There will be a tent at the event hosted by The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) which will showcase live poetry readings, artwork, and dances that contribute to different cultures. Volunteers will also be stationed at the tent to answer questions about the history and heritage of Baltimore City.
Artscape is full of positive energy–just be conscious of the pop up performers, because they come out of nowhere to create a contagious energy by their spontaneous dancing!! I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but expect people to pop out wearing alien suits and blowing giant bubbles.
Artscape is an opportunity to experience art in a way some may have never experienced before, up close and personal. Even if you don’t typically enjoy art, there is always a chance to meet interesting people, taste good food, listen and dance to music, and learn more about Baltimore City.