Artscape! Get ready for one hot weekend of fun and sun, and celebrating the arts in Baltimore. This year, “America’s largest free arts festival” celebrates its 31st birthday by moving up to North Avenue and farther into the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Come on out for Art Cars, music, art installations, experiences, and much, much more at venues around the area.
Speaking of Artscape, make sure you catch the exhibitions for The 2012 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Last Saturday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake announced the prizewinner at the BMA. The winner, Renee Stout, works in multiple disciplines to create a commentary on the human condition. Her works, and those of the finalists, may be seen at the BMA through July 29. You can also view an exhibit of works by the semi-finalists at the Meyerhoff and Decker Galleries on the campus of Maryland Institute College of Art through August 5.
Just in case you missed it, you can still catch the amazingly HUGE Sunday New York Times article on the BSO Academy. Whether you think of it like fantasy baseball for the musically inclined or band camp, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra swings and hits a home run with the most intensive program of its kind in the country. They have created an amazing opportunity to nurture amateur musicians and further cultivate friends, audiences, and supporters. At a time when all arts organizations are thinking deeply about how to engage patrons both new and old, the BSO has truly connected.
Before signing off, I’d like to wish Anne Fulwiler all the best as she transitions from the Baltimore Theatre Project back to familiar territory at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Anne has worked tirelessly, really tirelessly, on behalf of the arts in Baltimore and GBCA is deeply appreciative of her contributions to its Board. We continue to look forward to great things at Theatre Project and ask you to join GBCA in supporting Chris Pfingsten as he steps in to lead the upcoming season.