Mark your calendars: 29th annual Artscape on July 16, 17 and 18

Artscape returns to Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street on July 16 and July 17 from 12-10 p.m. and July 18 from 12-8 p.m. Artscape is free and open to the public. The festival is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. 

The summer arts festival showcases some of the nation’s best visual and performing artists, including arts and craftspeople; visual art exhibits both on- and off-site; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts consisting of dance, opera, theater, fashion, film, music, interactive family fun projects and children’s entertainers; and a delicious international menu of food and beverages available throughout the site. 

This year, Sound-Off! Artscape’s Local/Unsigned Band Contest returns for its third year. The contest gives local musicians an opportunity to compete, receive exposure and win great prizes. Starting in June 2010, Artscape music lovers and fans will be able to vote online for the best bands. The Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition, presented by MECU, features talent jazz trios, quartets and quintets from the region. The competition, also in its third year, honors the legacy of jazz pioneer Chick Webb. 

In addition, the fifth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize winner will be announced on July 10 at 7 p.m. at The Baltimore Museum of Art, located 10 Art Museum Drive. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is a fellowship to assist visual artist or visual artist collaborators working in the Greater Baltimore region by awarding the winner with $25,000 and exposure in the art community. 

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