7-12-11: Party Like it’s 1982
It was also the year that the Baltimore Arts Festival moved from downtown to what’s now known as the Mount Royal cultural district and became Artscape.
This year, Artscape celebrates its 30th anniversary, and 1982 is the theme of the art that’s being displayed on the Charles Street Bridge. Tom Hall talks about the evolution of the festival with Fred Lazarus, president of MICA., who had the idea to move the festival uptown. He also speaks with Bill Gilmore, the executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which produces Artscape.
Headliners this year at Artscape include American Idol winner Fantasia, blues/roots artist G Love and Special Sauce, and on Sunday night, the reggae/hip hop artist Matisyahu. The festival runs from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17.