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Seven Baltimore Artists Picked as Sondheim Finalists

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“Score for Room” by Sara Dittrich (2015).

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts has whittled down its pool of entries for the city’s prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

City to Embrace Great Outdoors with ‘Camp Artscape’ Theme for 2017

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The largest free arts festival in the country is coming back. Next July, “Camp Artscape” will take over a handful of neighborhoods surrounding Penn Station for a long weekend aiming to transport city dwellers away to a more open, nature-filled setting.

City-Zen: Meet Jason, Co-organizer of The Mothership Connection

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Welcome to City-Zena Q & A series of real conversations with real Baltimoreans sharing their thoughts on issues that are top-of-mind to many.  Whether just starting out, raising a family, struggling to get by, or at the top of your game, we all have something in common.  It’s easier to communicate when we understand the perspective of others.  

Meet Jason Harrisa writer, IT contractor, fledgling futurist, and a creative director at a local community space.  Jason has lived in Baltimore for 17 years and currently resides in the Bel Air-Edison neighborhood.  Although he’s a transplant, coming to Baltimore as an adult, he has worked at Frederick Douglass High, Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts and was a man-on-a-mission, working hard on the Parent-Teachers Organization at the Baltimore Design School, advocating for students. (See his website, www.newfuturism.com.)

What do you most like about your neighborhood?

Herring Run Park is my backyard!  Herring Run is a beautiful feature of East Baltimore. It is a 3.5 mile refuge, of sorts, with a developing bike trail, so I can ride my bike from Sinclair Lane all the way to Lake Montebello. There are soccer leagues that play there, there is a movie night that happens in an area of the park next to Belair Road.
What would you like to change about your neighborhood?  

Police Arrest 65 Protesters for Blocking Highway During Artscape

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Photo via Instagram @beyond_shae
Photo via Instagram @beyond_shae

Over the weekend, Baltimore police arrested 55 adults and 10 juveniles (including a handful of journalists) for participating in a protest on the Jones Falls Expressway during Artscape. 

Prince Dance Party, Dune Ballet Show Different Sides of Artscape

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Artscape at Penn Station
Artscape at Penn Station

catch of the day fish (2)Did your week make you want to give space a try? Artscape, which kicks off Friday, July 15, offers such a chance. The annual cultural extravaganza in the center of Baltimore has a planetary theme. It’s perfectly acceptable to just walk around the festival and take it in, but here are five happenings a bit off the main track that stood out to us:

Monument Quilt Creators Win Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

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FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, co-founded by Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle, stand in front of a portion of The Monument Quilt. Courtesy of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Photo by BOPA.
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, co-founded by Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle, stand in front of a portion of The Monument Quilt. Courtesy of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Photo by BOPA.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, offered annually to a visual artist or collaborators in Baltimore, was awarded Saturday to FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, according to the Baltimore Museum of Art. This prize provides a $25,000 fellowship and operates in partnership with Artscape.

Artscape Leads Us to Water

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Artscape at Penn Station
Artscape at Penn Station

catch of the day fish (2)Baltimore’s midsummer explosion of creativity is nearly here. Artscape runs all weekend (June 17-19) around Station North and beyond. The theme of this year’s giant, open-air art festival focuses on water. It’s not quite the beach, but Artscape will have plenty of installations designed to help visitors feel the relaxation and rejuvenation that water provides. Plus, you might learn something.  Here are five variations that are planned:

Aerial Arts Arena at Artscape

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catch of the day fish (2)Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s…. an entire weekend of aerial performance! That’s right. That most exciting and special genre of performance—blending dance, theatre, circus, and well, flight, is coming to Artscape all weekend long. This year, aerialists (that’s what those death-defying trapeze and silks wielding acrobat dancers are called) have their very own venue where you can catch any number of spectacular performances all weekend long.

Free Sunday Art Classes for Kids at the BMA

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Kids Art Classes at the BMA

catch of the day fish (2)This weekend is all about art. That is, it’s all about Artscape. Of course for some, that means all about staying away from the throngs of tourists, the beating sun, and the utter lack of parking. But even if you spend the day (or the whole weekend) trying to steer clear of Station North and the country’s largest free public art festival, you can still get your art on—and get the little ones in on the action with the BMA’s free family activities on Sunday afternoon. It’s a great (and air conditioned way) to introduce kids to fine art, and to explore creative, hands-on art-making that goes beyond the usual “art class” stuff.

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