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Artscape is a summer tradition like no other, where Baltimore reunites and comes together. Celebrating its 39th year in 2020, Artscape is proud to showcase artists and makers, live concerts, visual arts experiences, performing arts, teen-focused activities and programming, film, experimental music, improv and comedy; an inquisitive literary arts program; and culinary arts with delicious eats.

Every summer, the entire region eagerly awaits Artscape. The festival’s iconic features include 50+ live concerts with national headliners, talented artists and makers, blockbuster performances, scrumptious food, spontaneous street theater, impactful visual installations and more. Artscape’s can’t-miss weekend of cultural enrichment nurtures the mind, body and soul of everyone who attends, and sparks a positive vibe that spreads citywide. This joyful spirit has inspired Artscape’s 2020 theme, Art for a Healthy City – presenting a variety of activations, stages, shows, workshops and hands-on projects, poised at the intersection of health and the arts. Festivalgoers can experience the therapeutic power of dance and movement; express themselves with journaling, poetry and spoken word; explore their untapped creative potential through music, pottery and painting; become inspired and informed with interactive, large-scale exhibits; and taste nutritious and delicious recipes at the brand-new culinary arts stage. Everyone’s invited to Artscape, come dance in the streets to celebrate the arts in Baltimore!

Hours: Friday and Saturday: 11am - 9pm | Sunday: 11am-7pm 

Artscape After Hours: 9pm - 11pm (Friday and Saturday only)

Location: Midtown Baltimore and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District

ABOUT THE FRED LAZARUS IV ARTSCAPE PRIZE - "THE FRED" Fred Lazarus IV was instrumental in launching the city’s annual Artscape festival, now America’s largest free arts festival. Anchored on the campus at Maryland Institute College of Art for more than 30 years and extending multiple city blocks, Artscape annually draws more than 350,000 visitors over the festival’s three days, and has an economic impact on Maryland approaching $28.5 million.   Fred is a national leader in the advancement of arts, arts education, and community development. He served as founding chair of both Americans for the Arts and the National Coalition for Education in the Arts, and has also chaired the Maryland Independent College and Universities Association, the Arts Education Committee of the American Council for the Arts, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. He is the founding and current chair of Central Baltimore Partnership, a founding board member of both the Midtown Development Corporation board and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, served as a founding advisory board member of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Inc., and has served on numerous other boards of directors, including Partners for Livable Communities, Arts Every Day, and Americans for the Arts. He served as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art for 35 years – overseeing its growth and engagement in the community.

For 2020, Artscape is now accepting applications from Baltimore City High School Students for the 7th annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize - "The Fred." The Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize is a competitive program that seeks to recognize and encourage artistic talent in Baltimore City. This prize will award $1,000 to the winning Baltimore City High School aged artist, along with an opportunity to show their work during Artscape. In addition, the winning student artist will receive recognition of the award via all BOPA social media outlets and Artscape literature.

WHO MAY APPLY: Applicants are required to be current Baltimore City High School Students, or equivalent age (at the time of application submission). Applications to the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize will be accepted in the following disciplines:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber/Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Applications are only submitted electronically. Details about acceptable formats are listed below. Please do not email or fax portfolios. Artscape cannot accept portfolios sent via email or fax.
· One-page personal statement that discusses yourself, your work and artistic process
· One recommendation letter from a teacher or adult representative
· A current, official high school transcript*
· A portfolio of 4–8 images of your artwork
*If a student is home schooled, please submit Notice of Intent to Homeschool form that was required to be filed with Baltimore City Public Schools or your most recent oversight evaluation form completed by BCPSS. For families who are enrolled with an umbrella group that provides oversight in lieu of BCPSS, please provide a copy of your annual enrollment form that verifies your home school and residency status*

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PORTFOLIO: All images within your portfolio of artwork must be marked with your name, media, dimensions, and month/year completed.
The digital images submitted must fairly and accurately represent the applicant’s work and not have been manipulated or altered. Each student must submit original works that have been created by her or himself that do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity. If a student’s work incorporates material, including but not limited to photographs, not created by the student, the student must include an additional copy of any and all such source material in her or his application.
All pieces in your portfolio of artwork must also be presented as thumbnails on a printed proof sheet labeled with your name, media, dimensions, and month/year completed. This document will be submitted as a pdf with your application.
A teacher or adult representative, familiar with the student must sign for the authenticity and accuracy of reproduction of each portfolio on the Thumbnail Proof Sheet.
All images should be submitted as jpegs saved at 72 dpi resolution and at a size of 600 pixels in the longest direction.
RIGHT TO REPRODUCE POLICY: The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) reserves the right to reproduce without notification any photographs of students or artwork submitted during the application process; this reproduction will be for non-commercial purposes only, and may include print publications, BOPA websites, e-communications, multimedia presentations, and documents about BOPA for fundraising, or informational purposes.

Questions? Contact Sarah Doccolo, Arts Education Coordinator (via email).


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) invites the public to an information session(s), to learn more about Artscape, and various programs and events BOPA produces. The information sessions will cover a range of topics including but not limited to: performing artists, food and beverage vendors, visual arts projects, exhibitors, etc.

For more information and to RSVP,  contact Ayo Figueroa, Festivals Programming Coordinator (afigueroa@promotionandarts.org or 410-752-8632).

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6pm

BIG Theater (Baltimore Improv Group) 

1727 N. Charles Street │Baltimore, MD 21201

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11am

Central Library - Enoch Pratt Free Library

Wheeler Auditorium, 3rd Floor

400 Cathedral Street | Baltimore, MD 21201

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10:30am

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* Please note: Parking is NOT provided; please allow ample time and plan your parking in advance.*

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