Organizers say Artscape won’t return in 2022 following all, but Baltimoreans will get ‘preview’ of 2023 festival
by Ed Gunts
Published April 5 in Baltimore Fishbowl
Excerpt: Baltimore is going to have to wait a minor extended to expertise the “bigger and better” Artscape competition that Mayor Brandon Scott promised on Sunday.
The Baltimore Business office of Marketing and the Arts contradicted the mayor when it place out a media advisory Monday afternoon, stating Artscape will not return in 2022 even though Scott claimed it would.
BOPA’s advisory stated Artscape will return in 2023 and what Baltimoreans will see this year is a “preview” of the 2023 variation, not the occasion by itself. The advisory was titled: “BALTIMORE Place of work OF Marketing & THE ARTS IS Setting up THE RETURN OF ARTSCAPE.”
Monday’s concept from BOPA was a contradiction of the a person it posted very last 7 days with the issue line “Artscape 2022,” and the headline “Artscape is Shifting to September.” The earlier concept gave the perception that Artscape was coming back in 2022 just after a two-yr, COVID-relevant hiatus, and that it was relocating from July to September.
“We’re taking more time to collaborate on a bold new eyesight for America’s premier absolutely free festival,” stated the very first information, which was posted on BOPA’s web page and shared greatly on social media. “It’s a significant energy, and we want to do it suitable, so we’re taking far more time.”
That was followed by a assertion from Scott on Sunday, expressing he needs Artscape to return in 2022.
“We want all of our festivals to arrive back this calendar year,” he said for the duration of an physical appearance at the American Visionary Artwork Museum. “Not just Artscape, but we’re heading to have Afram. We want to bring all of people issues back again, to get us back to some normalcy in the city…. We’re bringing them back. We want to be larger and better.”