Programs & Events Calendar

Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

AVAM's latest 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.

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Visionary News:

Experience Encantada

Encantada is the new restaurant located on AVAM's 3rd floor that features local Chesapeake cooking. Drawing on the importance of "roots," both creative and culinary, Encantada supports regional farms, ranches, and aqua-culture, thus nurturing the concept of sustainability. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

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

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All Events

18th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 7 • All day race starts @ 10am FREE for Spectators!

From AVAM—a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots.

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Weekend Walk-In: Visionary Vehicles
Saturday, May 14 • 1pm–4pm $5 per participant • 2nd floor Classroom, JRVC

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! All ages workshop, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Shiny Happy Things with Bob Benson
Saturday, June 4 • 11am–2pm $50, $35 Members

Join the creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life (outside of AVAM's Main Entrance) in making your own FLASHIES: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and such. Each participant will receive instruction on cutting and assemblage and will leave this workshop with at least two finished decorations to keep and dangle. For beginning and continuing students.

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Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe Members Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Sunday, June 5 • 4pm • Free, Members-Only Event

Museum Members: join AVAM in welcoming our newest 3rd floor show, MATT SESOW: Shock and Awe. Enjoy lite fare and beverages and hear a special introduction from AVAM Founder/Director, and the exhibition's curator, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, and a talk with the artist himself, Matt Sesow.

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Weekend Walk-In: Cosmic Eggs
Saturday, June 11 • 1pm–4pm $5 per participant • 2nd floor Classroom, JRVC

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! All ages workshop, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration
Sunday, June 19 • 8am FREE, RSVP requested • JRVC Plaza

Join AVAM and YogaWorks Baltimore for an outdoor yoga class led by Kim Manfredi. All abilities and skills welcome as we celebrate summer's official start.

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Weekend Walk-In: Recycled Bot Shop
Saturday, July 2, 2016 • 1pm–4pm $5 per participant • 2nd floor Classroom, JRVC

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! All ages workshop, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Mosaics with Rick Shelley
Saturday, July 9 • 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.

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Weekend Walk-In: King's Mouth
Saturday, August 6, 2016 • 1pm–4pm $5 per participant • 2nd floor Classroom, JRVC

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! All ages workshop, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Weekend Walk-In: Hope Chests
Saturday, September 3, 2016 • 1pm–4pm $5 per participant • 2nd floor Classroom, JRVC

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! All ages workshop, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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