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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



The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites performing artists, performing arts collectives, and performance artists to propose performing arts pieces to be featured at Artscape. The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Please read through the detailed criteria before submitting your proposal.  

This application does NOT include performances on festival concert stages. The application for emerging musicians/bands/DJs interested in performing at one of BOPA’s 2020 festivals – on a concert stage – are closed. If you are an emerging musician/band/DJ and are interested in applying to perform at one of our 2021 festivals, please visit http://www.promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/sound-live.

Performing artists and performing arts collectives including but not limited to genres in dance, theater, magic, music, fashion, storytelling, and poetry will be considered. Pieces should be fresh, creative, family friendly and suitable for outdoor weather.
Experimental musicians and comedians please see below for information on applying for Artscape.
Performing artists accepted into the festivals will receive an honorarium. Honorariums vary and are not to exceed $1000 depending on the duration/length and occurrence of performances. Performing artists may submit a proposed budget using this budget template, but please note, honorariums will not exceed $1000.
BOPA will amend budgets as necessary once proposals are selected and performance times are confirmed, among other details.
Applications are reviewed and selected by the Festivals Programming Coordinator with input from a committee of arts professionals.
Please note: applying does not guarantee acceptance.
*See below if you are an experimental musician, comedian, or filmmaker interested in participating at Artscape.


  • Proposals should include: performance name, performance type/genre, approximate length of performance, days/times/occurrences of performances, if there will be staging, sound or props, and any other necessary information relevant to the performance.
  • Proposals can be uploaded on the next page as a Word or PDF document.
  • A proposed budget may be included in application.
  • Performing Artist proposals should actively engage the audience and provide a unique and memorable experience for festival-goers.
  • Performance pieces may be already existing pieces of pieces of work.
  • All performance pieces are required to be free, open to the public, fully accessible, and operational for the entire festival weekend (including inclement weather, unless a shelter-in-place is put into effect).
  • All performance pieces must fulfill required components and performance schedules. Performance schedules are subject to change by festivals programming coordinator and/or festival management only.
  • Young children, and patrons with mobility and/or accessibility needs, should be considered when drafting your proposal. Please also consider if any accommodations will need to be made to ensure that the proposal is fully accessible.
  • There are no geographic restrictions for applying. However, travel and accommodation costs are not covered by the honorarium.



  • Provides an artist honorarium; honorarium not to exceed $1000.
  • Assigns a festival-appointed project coordinator and/or production assistant to serve as your festival-liaison and on-site contact.
  • Provides a safe and secure festival and atmosphere.
  • Provides an indoor or outdoor performance space with sound, lighting, and production.
  • Marketing and promotional opportunities.

Performing Artist(s):

  • Fulfills performance schedules.
  • Arrives prepared with necessary performance supplies.
  • Complements BOPA's marketing efforts by promoting performances on their own social networks and/or websites. 
  • Has existing insurance, with BOPA and City of Baltimore listed as insured. 
  • Is responsible for own parking/transportation.

Additional Performing Arts Opportunities at Artscape:

Questions? Contact Ayo Figueroa, Festivals Programming Coordinator (via email or phone: 410-752-8632


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

Wheeler Auditorium, 3rd Floor Central Library - Enoch Pratt Free Library

400 Cathedral Street | Baltimore, MD 21201

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10:30am

Facebook Live


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

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