Programs & Events Calendar

Current Exhibition:

YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food

October 8, 2016 – September 3, 2017

AVAM's new visual feast YUMMM! features 34 visionary artists, joining forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food.


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


All Events

AVAM's Flicks From The Hill
Thursdays in July and August On Federal Hill at 9pm • FREE! AVAM Open & FREE 5-9pm on Flicks nights!

Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition. The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater features seating for more than a thousand on the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill.


Pop Art Workshop with Artist Michael Albert
Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for a fun art-making session for folks of all ages using recycled materials.


Sew An Idea with P.Nosa
Saturday, September 2-3, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm

Give sewing artist, P.Nosa a scenario in five words (or less) and he will sew your imagination for you on the spot.


Weekend Walk-In: Cosmic Egg
Saturday, September 2, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Make your own mini version of artist Andrew Logan's Cosmic Galaxy Egg sculpture with a special clay-like material and sparkly bits!


Mosaics with Rick Shelley
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm

Learn a variety of techniques of the ancient art of mosaics and walk away with your own finished piece of art.


Build a Boo: Puppet Making Workshop
Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm

Create your own furry monster friend with Tiffany Lange of Charm City Puppets.


The Great Mystery Show Preview Party
Friday, October 6, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition The Great Mystery Show with our always popular Exhibition Preview Party with hors d'oeuvres, beverages, music, and fun!


Weekend Walk-In: Imagination Portraits
Saturday, October 7, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm

A classic AVAM workshop! Create a face on a paintbrush inspired by the one and only Mr. Imagination!


Shiny Happy Things Workshop with Bob Benson
Saturday, October 14, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm

Make your own "Flashies" dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and such.


Educator Open House
Educator Open House
Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Educators of all kinds are invited to this special event where you can collect visionary resources for the classroom and learn about the educational programming available here at AVAM.


AVAM's Free Fall Halloween Celebration
Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM!


Mosaics with Rick Shelley
Saturday, November 11, 2017 • 10am–4pm $110, $85 AVAM Members •

Learn the ancient art of mosaic, along with a variety of techniques. Walk away with your own finished piece of art!


Bazaart Holiday Art Market
Friday, November 24 - Saturday, November 25, 2017

Browse original creations by regional artists and craftspeople offering painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and other work that simply defies categorization!


Weekend Walk-In: Bot Shop
Saturday, November 25, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring new life to recycled and found objects and create a reclaimed robot!


sock monkey
Sock Monkey Saturday
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm

Make your very own Sock Monkey - a great last-minute gift, and just something fun to do with the family.