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.
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.
Welcome to City-Zen, a 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 Harris, a 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.