This July, AVAM hosts another truly visionary experience for students, with 3 one-week sessions of hands-on arts programs at the national museum for intuitive, self-taught artistry! Students will learn about visionary art as they explore new & unusual materials, create their own unique art projects, and experience a special week-long Visiting Artist workshop. SIGN UP TODAY! Contact email@example.com or call 410-244-1900 x232 to register.
Programs & Events Calendar
- AVAM's Big Ol' Barn Sale!
Sat. March 15 • 9am–1pm • Free & Open to the public
Calling all bargain hunters: don't miss AVAM's (once in a blue moon) white elephant rummage sale on Saturday, March 15 from 9am–1pm! Help us clear out our hoard & get your hands on some amazing artwork, books, cards & publications, electronics, office supplies & furniture, vintage Macs, retro AVAM & Kinetic memorabilia, plenty of art fixins, and loads more... it's a picker's paradise! Free & Open to the public, cash & credit accepted, all proceeds benefit AVAM.
- AVAM in the Afternoon
Wednesdays: March 5, 12 & 19
3:30pm–5:30pm • $10 per student, per workshop
It's AVAM in the Afternoon—a series of special, interactive workshops for ages 8 and up! Join us in building your inner creativity as we explore the world of visionary art, meet guest artists, and engage in creative projects of our own. Each week will feature a different hands-on activity and/or artist demonstration. Whether you're a beginner or a visionary guru, you'll discover some new inspiration and fun at AVAM in the Afternoon!
- Visionary Environments Workshop
Inclusive workshop for students with disabilities & their families • Sat. March 22 • 1–4pm • Free!
Come experience the museum on a deeper level at this FREE, one-day workshop for students with disabilities and their families. We will begin with a guided tour through the museum as participants learn about the lives and work of our visionary artists, then proceed to the classroom for a hands-on experience as you explore new materials and develop visionary creations of your own! All participants must be age 6 or older. Space is limited, pre-registration required.
- AVAM's Wedding Happy Hour
Thurs. March 27 • 5:30pm–8pm • Free for Couples & their Guests, Pre-Registration Requested
Enjoy delicious food and cocktails as you meet some of Baltimore's BEST wedding vendors at this intimate wedding show – now in its lucky 13th year! Connect with a host of Caterers, Photographers, Videographers, Wedding Planners, DJs, and loads more, all in one of Baltimore's sweetest places to tie the knot.
- Calling All Kinetic Volunteers!
Volunteer Meetings: Sat. April 12, 10am-12pm & Wed. April 23, 6:30-8:30pm • Race day: Sat. May 3!
WANTED: The Brave, The Talented, The Mediocre, The Unsuspecting Few... KINETIC VOLUNTEERS to help in the grueling, all day, general insanity of the 16th annual (soon-to-be-legendary) Kinetic Sculpture Race, for nothin' but the glory on SATURDAY MAY 3rd, 2014! Enjoy some food & refreshments while you learn more about the history of the race. Get the scoop from some veteran volunteers & Kinetinauts on what each volunteer duty entails, then SIGN UP for a team!
- SHINY HAPPY THINGS with Bob Benson
Saturday, April 12 • 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.
- 16th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 3 • All Day (kicks off @ 10am)
FREE for Spectators! Entry Form Now Online!
From the American Visionary Art Museum—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?)!
- Summer Solstice Sun Salutation Celebration
Saturday, June 21 • 9am • FREE!
in AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center Plaza
Join with thousands around the world to welcome Earth's longest day, the Summer Solstice, by performing the classic yoga movement of grace, the Sun Salutation. Charm City Yoga and AVAM present a free outdoor yoga workshop on Saturday, June 21, led by CCY Founder Kim Manfredi. All abilities and skills welcome. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.
- MOSAICS with Rick Shelley
Saturday, June 21 • 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.
- July 4th Visionary Pet Parade
Friday, July 4 • 10am (9:30 pet registration) • FREE!
Dress your pet & strut your stuff. Animal fun! Animal prizes! Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best dog-gone parade in town! Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! And Sit, Stay for a rousing game of pet musical chairs! Pets must be leashed or carried. H20 and baggies provided.
- Flicks From The Hill
Thursdays: July 10–Aug 28 • FREE Screenings @ 9pm on Fed Hill • 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, Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater features seating for more than a thousand on the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill; a 30-foot wide screen held from above by a Giant Golden Hand; a twinkling view of the city; and an amazing community experience that is FREE.