Artscape 2014, Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20 will emphasis dance and invites festival-goers to “Join the movement!” with all things motion-related including Silent! Disco in Pearlstone Park, Dance! at The Lyric, kinetic contraptions along Mount Royal Avenue, ballroom dancing on Charles Street and the NEW Aerial Arts Arena. The festival headliners are Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ozomatli, Galactic and Anthony Hamilton. America’s largest free arts festival features live music of various genres on three outdoor stages, a full schedule of theater, dance and opera performances, in addition to classical, a cappella and experimental music, street theater, fine art and crafts from more than 100 artisans in the Artists’ Market, world famous art cars, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semi-finalists Exhibition, film, children’s activities, exhibitors and an assortment of food and beverages. Artscape is presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. “Each July, Artscape continues Baltimore’s tradition of celebrating and supporting art & culture,” says Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “With this year’s ‘Join the Movement’ theme, I invite residents and visitors to take advantage of the festival’s free offerings by not only watching the performances and exhibitions, but by joining in the many interactive programs and visiting the many projects designed by artists.”
Festival-goers are encouraged to download the free Artscape Mobile App on their Apple and Android devices or visit www.artscape.org for the most up-to-date event information. Artscape lovers can also share their excitement at www.facebook.com/Artscape.Baltimore or be a part of the conversation by following @ArtscapeBmore on Twitter and Instagram, as well as using the hashtag #artscape2014.
New for 2014, Aerial Arts Arena, curated by Daydreams + Nightmares Aerial Theatre, hosts aerial artists, dancers, and circus acts from around the region high above Charles Street. Performers will showcase diverse styles of movement and dance on aerial cloth, trapeze, hoop, and a number of other apparatuses. The showcase includes productions from DNA Theatre, Vaudoux Aerial Dance Theatre, Radiant Hoops, Ascension Arts and Brian Kehoe.
The MEA Energy Stage features a diverse lineup of national and regional acts all weekend long. On Friday, performances include the sought-after funk & soul of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at 7:30pm. Saturday’s headliners Latin hip-hop stars Ozomatli and funk & jazz legends Galactic take the stage at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. R&B veteran Anthony Hamilton closes out the festival on Sunday at 6:30pm. The free performances are possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Maryland Energy Administration.
“MEA is committed to affordable, reliable clean energy for all Marylanders. We are excited about our participation in Artscape 2014, and the opportunity to connect with the people who are powering Maryland’s energy future,” said MEA Director Abigail Ross Hopper.
The Station North Stage and Festival Stage also showcase the talents of local, regional and national acts from a wide variety of genres including funk, blue grass, country, reggae, rock ‘n roll, hip hop and indie rock. Performers taking the stage include Small Apartments, 8 Ohms Band, Andy Poxon, Bosley, The Players, Almighty Senators, Tom Principato, Cowboy Mouth, The Glenmont Popes, Reverend Horton Heat, No BS! Brass Band and Yellow Dubmarine. Additionally, all three outdoor concert stages host performances by the winners of this year’s Sound Off Live! competition: By & By, May Weather, Skydivers, The Deaf Scene, Super City, Evokatones, Muddy Crows, Eureka Birds, Honest Haloway, Lotus Song & The Black Light Asylum, Voodoo Pharmacology, Rufus Roundtree & Da B’More Brass Factory and MC Booze.
Artscape-goers can experience performances by nationally-renowned dance companies at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Ballet Memphis performs award-winning selections choreographed by Julia Adam & Trey McIntyre. Adam’s ballet, Devil’s Fruit will be presented as well as McIntyre’s In Dreams. Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, with artistic director Bernard H. Gaddis, will perform selections from its extensive and exciting repertoire including Vespers, Firebird and Phib. The presentation of Ballet Memphis is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional dance performances will take place at the Theatre Project, Brown Center and as street theater and pop-up performances.
On Charles Street, “Field Day” offers attendees hands-on fun. The exhibition is comprised of a collection of participatory games, activities, performances and competitions designed by artists. The featured games are “SuperGame!,” Pizza Party Twister,” “HopsXotch Rivalry,” “The Amazing Art Race,” “10,000!,” “Little Lord Baltimore” and “Choose Your Own Reuse Adventure.” Games can be experienced as a viewer or participant.
On Friday and Saturday night, the fun keeps going, even after the festival closes! Artscape After Hours takes place from 9pm to 11pm. Charles Street, from Preston Street to North Avenue, transforms into an oversized after-party with live DJs, [email protected] hosted by standup comedian Ben Rosen, a 90-foot Ferris Wheel of Lights, and much more!
The winner of the ninth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize competition and the $25,000 fellowship is announced during an award ceremony and reception on Saturday, July 12 at 7pm at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 North Charles Street. The finalists are Lauren Adams, Kyle Bauer, Shannon Collis, Marley Dawson, Neil Feather, Kyle Tata and Stewart Watson. Additionally, the third annual M&T Bank Sondheim Finalists’ Awards provides a $2,500 honorarium for each of the remaining finalists not selected for the fellowship.
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semi-Finalists Exhibition features work by artists whose work was reviewed in the second round of the Sondheim competition. The exhibition includes artists working in a wide variety of mediums and is located in the Decker Gallery, Meyerhoff Gallery and Pinkard Gallery of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Exhibited with the Semi-Finalists Exhibition is the winner of the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”): Malcolm Colvin McClurg’s, Baltimore School for the Arts. The Artscape Gallery Network connects more than 20 galleries throughout Baltimore to a wider audience through a promotional campaign sponsored by M&T Bank. The festival component provides those interested in the visual arts with an opportunity to enjoy the works of talented artists before, during and after Artscape.
The Artscape Gallery Network exhibitions highlight the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize applicants, along with artists working throughout the region. Gamescape moves to a new location in the old Single Carrot Theatre (1727 North Charles Street). In the expanded space, the interactive visual arts exhibition continues to showcase video games and the talented artists, developers and designers who create them.
Gamescape lets festival-goers control the screen and includes classic arcade machines, video game demonstrations and panels on game development and design. The exhibition remains open during Artscape After Hours, featuring live performances of video game music.
Artscape visitors can also take in an eclectic offering of theater and opera performances, along with folk, a cappella, classical and organ concerts from regional artists and companies. Highlights include The Stoop Storytelling Series, Baltimore Concert Opera, OrchKids, The Lyric Opera, The Acaholics, Ocho Bajos, Reverse Cascade, The Original Little Ark Male Chorus, Bach in Baltimore and Heart of Maryland Barbershop Quartet. These performances take place at the Brown Center, Theatre Project and Corpus Christi Church.
Budding artists have an area to call home at Kidscape! Artscape’s youngest visitors and their families can participate in hands-on activities and crafts all weekend. Local attractions also take festival goers on an educational journey with displays and craft projects highlighting their current exhibits. Mini workshops teach youngsters new skills as trained instructors teach artistries from their areas of expertise, both in visual and performing arts.
The 33rd annual Artscape is supported by Baltimore City, Charm City Hospitality, Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Maryland Energy Administration, WBAL-TV, Amtrak, The Baltimore Sun, Chicken of the Sea, Kalahari Resorts, M&T Bank, MetroPCS, MTA, PNC Bank, Southwest Airlines, Sparkling ICE, State Highway Administration, TGIF, Visit Baltimore, Xfinity, The Fitzgerald, New York Times, Power Home Remodeling Group, State Farm, 24-7 Entertainment, American Trading & Production Corporation (ATAPCO), Caplan Family Foundation, Cohen Opportunity Fund, Richard & Rosalee C. Davison Foundation, Peggy & Yale Gordon Charitable Trust, Guppy Management, Dr. Frank C. Marino Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, M&T Charitable Foundation, Macht Fund of THE ASSOCIATED, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, T. Rowe Price Foundation, RCM&D Foundation, Downtown Diane, HeidnSeek Entertainment, The Flywire, The Associated, The Charles Theater, Corpus Christi Church, Maryland Institute College of Art, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Theatre Project, University of Baltimore, BWI Airport Marriott, Days Inn Inner Harbor, Embassy Suites Hotels – Baltimore Inner Harbor, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites/Baltimore Inner Harbor, Hilton Baltimore Convention Center, Holiday Inn Inner Harbor – Downtown, Home2 Suites by Hitlon, Hotel Monaco – Baltimore, iCharge Kiosks, The Loading Dock, Richard Polan Associates, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and All Points Graphics.
For more information on Artscape, call 410-752-8632, visit www.artscape.org or download the free mobile app.
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