There are many, many ways for a community to come together. And there are just as many ways for us to celebrate our city. Now more than ever, it seems that Baltimore needs us to get out there and show our love for our city and our communities. And with the fantastic spring weather, and the amazing grass-roots organizing we’ve seen recently, this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the best that Baltimore has to offer. Druid Hill Park has long been beloved by Baltimoreans for its sprawling green hills, amazing views, and so much more. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Druid Hill Reservoir was the site of weekly outdoor festivals that brought the community together around a love of art, and of the park itself. And it’s in the spirit of these historic festivals that Art Outside was created. It’s a one-day festival the recreates the sense of creativity and community that made those historic gatherings so special.Over time, the original Sunday art festivals held in Druid Hill Park became a hub of creativity and a place where community was built. They were a gathering place for families and for art lovers. They gave people a great reason to spend the day in a beautiful, outdoor public space in the heart of the city. Art Outside recaptures that same spirit. The day-long festival features Maryland artists showing and selling their artwork, of course. But there’s so much more than that. Art Outside also includes performing arts and strolling entertainment throughout the day. The festival will feature a zone for kids: Kids Art Adventure from (cool) Progeny as well as activities from Art with a Heart. And of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without some of Baltimore’s best Food Trucks. As always, the park offers plenty of free parking, and of space to spread out and take in the beauty of life in Baltimore.
Art Outside takes place Sunday, May 17th in Druid Hill Park. For more information, visit www.artoutsidemd.org.