News from the Visionary

AVAM Welcomes Encantada!

Encantada is the all new restaurant on AVAM's campus!

New "vegetable focused" restaurant NOW OPEN!

Encantada—the newest restaurant from Chef Robin Hass of Birrotecca and The Nickel Taphouse—is NOW OPEN for business on AVAM's 3rd floor. The Visionary warmly welcomes Chef Melanie Molinaro, General Manager Christopher Rivera, and the entire restaurant staff to the AVAM family! AVAM Fan Club Members: take advantage of a special 10% discount at the restaurant—be sure to make a reservation and bring your Fan Club ID Card with you!

Encantada adjective / en•can•ta•da: Located within the American Visionary Art Museum, Encantada reveals the symbiosis of art, food, dreams and reality. Drawing on the importance of "roots," both creative and culinary, we support regional farms, ranches, and aqua-culture, thus nurturing the concept of sustainability. We share the belief that getting back to basics helps move us forward. Encantada is an enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Encantada at the AVAM:

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

A Truly Out of this World Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Congrats to 2015's East Coast Natl Grand Mediocre Champions: Kracken Upcycle!

Mega #Kinetic Thanks & Congratulations to all the Teams & Award Winners!

34 incredible teams endured the blistering heat & humidity this past Sunday, June 14 to compete in AVAM's 17th annual Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. The race was an undeniable success, and each one of these invincible teams earned their Kinetic medals with flying (& perspiring) colors! While we are still recovering & re-hydrating, we want to take a moment to say the most sincere out of this world THANKS to the many individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped make this day possible for AVAM & the city of Baltimore.


Thank You To:

  • Our Maryland State Delegates
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her staff
  • Baltimore City Police
  • Baltimore Fire Department
  • Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts
  • Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, especially the staff at Patterson Park!
  • Every single Kinetic Team and their Pilots, Pit Crew and Supporters
  • Our Kinetic Volunteers, Judges and MCs
  • Tom Jones & the team of photographers
  • All of our Sponsors (list below), Vendors and Food Trucks
  • Tour dem Parks, Hon!
  • Every one of AVAM's own sun-baked STAFF
  • Our generous supporters thru our Crowdrise fundraiser
  • And YOU: our dedicated fans and spectators who cheered us on the whole day!

Finally, CONGRATS to every Kinetic team who competed & finished, especially our East Coast National Grand Mediocre Champion: Kracken Upcycle. Preliminary race results have been posted to and many more of the 5k+ photos they shot during the day will be posted within a week or so.


Upcoming Events:

AVAM's Flicks From The Hill

Presented in the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater

Get ready for the 2015 #Flicks!

  • When: Thursdays: July 9–August 27
  • Time: Screenings @ 9pm
  • AVAM Open & FREE 5-9pm on Flicks nights!
  • Cost: FREE!!!
  • Where: On Federal Hill
    Rain location: inside AVAM's JRVC, 3rd fl.

Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. 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 Adam Kurtzman's Giant Golden Hand; a twinkling view of the city; and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is FREE! AVAM's #Flicks series was listed by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the "World's Best Free Things," and won City Paper's 2014 Best of Baltimore award for "Best Rain or Shine Event." And don't forget: the museum is OPEN & FREE between 5pm and 9pm on Flicks nights! American Visionary Art Museum is located at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD 21230 (Map), Phone: 410-244-1900.

Flicks 2015 Schedule:

  • July 9: JAWS
  • July 16: The Truman Show
  • July 23: Labyrinth
  • July 30: Big Fish
  • Aug 6: Awakenings
  • Aug 13: Searching For Bobby Fischer
  • Aug 20: Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Aug 27: The Wizard of Oz