Programs & Events Calendar

Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

AVAM's all new exhibition champions the radiant and transformative power of hope, and features work by 25+ visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas.


Visionary News:

Now Open: Encantada!

Now open on AVAM's 3rd floor, Encantada is a new restaurant featuring local Chesapeake cooking. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.


All Events

Visionary Explorers: Library Workshops
Thurs. Oct. 8–Dec. 17 @ Enoch Pratt Brooklyn

AVAM is excited to offer a series of FREE AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOPS at the Baltimore County Public Library (Reisterstown Branch) and the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Brooklyn Branch). Students and families are encouraged to join us in exploring creative new territory inspired by our most beloved visionary artists, their unusual art-making materials, and their unforgettable stories!


BAZAART First Dibs Preview Party
Friday, November 27 • 5:30–8pm • $20, $10 Members

Beat the crowds! An opportunity to get the first shot at the original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople prior to the Saturday BAZAART extravaganza. Spend a relaxing evening with BAZAART artisans as you preview their wares while nibbling light fare and enjoying a special beverage (beer, wine, soda). Tickets will be sold at the door and benefit AVAM.


BAZAART Holiday Art Market
Saturday, November 28 • 10am–5pm • FREE Entry!

AVAM's annual holiday art market returns! Hundreds of original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel, and other work that simply defies categorization! Shop local on #SmallBusinessSaturday and support these original makers! FREE ENTRY, and be sure to visit the museum, Sideshow gift shop, and the all-new 3rd floor restaurant at AVAM, Encantada!


MOSAICS with Rick Shelley
Saturday, December 5 • 10am–4pm $100, $75 Members

A One-Day MOSAIC WORKSHOP with Rick Shelley! Come and learn the ancient art of mosaic. You will get a chance to learn about a variety of techniques and walk away with your own finished piece of art. Supplies will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring some of their own (shells, buttons, glass, beads, pebbles, etc. are welcome), but please be sure to PACK A LUNCH.


Sock Monkey Saturday
Saturday, December 12 • 10am–2pm FREE, please bring 2 pair socks & scissors!

Don't let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey—a great last-minute gift, and just something fun to do with the family. AVAM's huge sock monkey making extravaganza is FREE to attend, but you must bring your own socks: 2 pair, clean & colorful (1 for your monkey and 1 to donate), and scissors to participate. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles and camaraderie will be provided.


Winter Solstice Yoga Celebration
Sunday, December 20 • 6pm FREE, but pre-registration & waiver requested

Join Charm City Yoga and the American Visionary Art Museum as we celebrate the winter solstice. This celebration of the zenith of the longest night signals the hope-filled return of bringer and longer days. CCY and AVAM are bringing you this FREE yoga workshop led by CCY Founder Kim Manfredi. All abilities and skills welcome!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 18, 2016 • 10am–6pm FREE Admission & Educational Programming

AVAM's annual celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America's history. Join us for guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances at this FREE, fun-filled day!