Artscape (festival)

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The Baltimore Rock Opera Society "Brothership", a converted 1988 Saab 900, which first premiered at Artscape in July 2010.

Artscape is an annual art festival held in the Mount Royal neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland in July. Since its first annual event in 1982, it has become the largest free arts festival in America.[1] It has boasted acts such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Matisyahu in the past, attracting over 350,000 people[2] from the city, and surrounding areas. Film programming during Artscape is provided by Maryland Film Festival. There are artists in a variety of visual and performing media. Events are free and open to the public.


According to Artscape, 43% of the funding for 2010's event came from sponsorships and contributions, while 29% came from concession income, the remaining funds came from fundraising, and grants. The report states that about 18% of their expenses in 2010 went to administrative costs, 3% to fundraising activities, while the majority 79% went to program expenses. [3] Artscape organizers estimate that the total economic impact for the City of Baltimore in 2010 was $25.97 million. It is reported that 2009 attendees spend $9,256,046 with Artscape vendors.[4]


  1. ^ Mary Gail Hare (July 19, 2009). "'Too much fun' OK at Artscape". Baltimore Sun. 
  2. ^ Mike Unger. "Artscape 2009 in Baltimore". 
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