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Please click HERE for a printable copy of this application.

Deadline: Rolling Deadline; Proposals received before Tuesday, March 31, will be considered for Artscape 2020.

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


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the 39th annual Artscape invites artists and artist collaboratives to propose large-scale outdoor sculptures or installation-based artworks for creation at Artscape. Works should be visually compelling through design, color and scale, and be interactive wherever possible.  Proposed projects should actively engage the audience and provide a unique and memorable experience for the visitor.  Proposed projects should also be designed with considerations for safety, for the needs of an outdoor environment, and factoring in heavy use by large crowds attending Artscape.

In keeping with the spirit of the festival, all works and performances must be fully accessible, free and open to the public the entire Artscape weekend.  Artworks will be installed in premier locations throughout the festival site. Onsite installation schedules for proposed projects may vary depending upon location, and should be considered and constructed accordingly. These projects are temporary in nature and BOPA will not be able to underwrite repairs, restoration, etc. after their use at Artscape. 

Draft budgets should be included with your application, but final budgets will be negotiated with accepted projects based on funds availability.  Budgets will range from $1500 to $10,000 and will be awarded based on the needs of the project and the project scale; however, Artscape may be able to supplement budgets by providing some logistical necessities (generators, tents, volunteer assistance, signage, seating, etc.).  

Artists and artist collaborative groups working in both the visual and performing arts are encouraged to apply.  Submissions will be reviewed by the Artscape curator and BOPA Staff.


There are no geographic or age restrictions for application.  Travel and accommodation costs should be factored into budget.  Additionally, all chosen works will need at least one person over the age of 18 on the artist team.


·  All proposals must include a project budget.  Honoraria in the range of approximately $1500 to $10,000 may be provided to each selected artist or collaborative group. Final funding amounts will be awarded based on review of proposals and discussion with the artists about construction, logistics and staffing. However, once a final budget is approved by BOPA, no additional funds will be allocated to artists for “overruns” including but not limited to supplies, staffing, logisitics and fabrication.

·  Projects are expected to be active during all of the operating hours of the festival.

·  Artworks must be installed by artists who will also be responsible for monitoring of their work and space. Installation schedules will vary by site, and should be coordinated with BOPA’s project coordinator.  Artists must check-out with BOPA project coordinator after de-installation is complete to ensure that the works have been properly dismantled and removed from the site.

·  Artworks must be safe and suited for an outdoor environment; an engineer’s review of installation may be required at BOPA’s discretion.

·  Projects will be required to have General Liability Insurance to participate in Artscape.  Your BOPA project coordinator can offer some limited guidance in obtaining this insurance.

·  Artists onsite during the weekend will be credentialed to receive light hospitality (bottled water, snacks, etc.).

·  BOPA reserves the right to reproduce images of submitted or selected artwork for printed or internet publicity, catalogue, map or marketing purposes.


Application deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020Artist Notification: Late April 2020

Artwork Installation: exact installation timeline will vary depending upon location, but will be at least Thursday, July 16, 2020 9am – 7pm and Friday, July 17, 2020 8am – 11am (some locations will allow for earlier installations)

Exhibition: Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18, 2020 11am – 9pm; Sunday, July 19, 2020 11am – 7pm 

Artwork De-installation: exact deinstallation timeline will vary depending upon location, but will be at least 7pm – 11pm, Sunday, July 19, 2020 (some locations will allow for additional deinstallation time on Monday, July 20, 2020)

Submission of online application shall constitute agreement with all conditions in this application. 

Questions? Contact: Kim Domanski, Visual Arts Curator at kdomanski@promotionandarts.org or direct dial at 443-286-2043.


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

Facebook Live


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

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