As Baltimore residents continue to participate in the wide-range of events scheduled this summer, a unique celebration of the arts is making its annual return to Charm City.

Artscape is annual festival celebrating all things art. Often hailed as the country’s largest free arts festival, the event is a mash up of various visual art exhibits, family activities, fashion exhibits, musical performances and more.

The 29th annual Artscape Festival−the largest of its type in America − will feature several new elements this year, including a three-day series of cutting-edge demonstrations and workshops focused on experimental technology. The new component, BetaScape, offers vendors a gaming hall to create their own circuits and see a plethora of robots.

In addition, the festival will introduce LOL@Artscape featuring some of the country’s most popular comedians. Funnyman Jason Weems hosts the inaugural program.
Kicking off on July 16, the event will feature the work of over 150 artists including fashion designers, craftspeople and painters throughout the weekend until the event’s conclusion on July 18. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the work of these local and national artists and purchase many of their showcased items.

The event will also feature three outdoor stages with a full schedule of performers throughout the weekend. This year’s event will feature performances by R&B singer Musiq, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and D.C. rapper Wale, among many other performances.

Children can also take part in the festival as the Target Family Art Park will have various art activities and workshops for kids of all ages.

Now in its 26th year, Artscape continues to be a unique event that draws locals as well as attendees from many different regions. Event creators cite the festival as having a huge economic impact on the city, often drawing over 350,000 attendees.

For more information and a full listing of events of Artscape 2010, visit www.artscape.org.

 

Gregory Dale

AFRO News Editor