Arts Every Day was excited to be a part of Artscape’s Inaugural Youth Day celebrations. The first day of Artscape kicked off with a focus on kids and we were there to facilitate a great arts market featuring young Baltimore artists and entrepreneurs and a series of workshops in Graffiti Alley that showed kids how to paint a mural and dance. This summer, we were fortunate enough to have a Bloomberg Fellow, Baltimore School for the Arts rising senior Lola Stevenson, help us with outreach and communication. Here is what she had to say about the day:
In the midst of a rainy Artscape weekend, the Motor House was buzzing with artists and art lovers, inside and out. This past Friday, July 20th, Arts Every Day hosted about 20 young, local artists and entrepreneurs to sell their work in the Showroom Cafe. Most of the market’s vendors were high school students from across the city, although the youngest will enter middle school this fall! The kids got the chance to meet and network with other artists in their city, as well as to participate in Artscape’s inaugural “Artscape Youth Day,” an entire day of the festival featuring the creativity and talent of young people in Baltimore.
While all of this was happening inside, even more people gathered out back in Graffiti Alley for hours of fun. In the morning, MICA alum and Access Art teacher McKinley Wallace led an engaging workshop for multiple large summer camp groups, guiding the kids in spray painting through stencils and other popular graffiti techniques. Around lunchtime, Terry Wedington and the TSU Dance Crew demonstrated their wide vocabulary of dance moves and led their enthusiastic participants in some expertly choreographed routines. Towards the end of the day, well-known street artist Justin ‘Nether’ Nethercut painted a beautiful mural in tribute to Baltimore graffiti legend Scotty ‘MASK’ Linardi, explaining his techniques in real time to his audience.
These programs were an exciting first time participating in Artscape for Arts Every Day! Hopefully you were able to experience it with us first-hand on Friday, and if not, maybe we’ll see you next year!