News from the Visionary

AVAM Remembers Julian Bond

Julian Bond and wife Pam Horowitz with Rebecca Hoffberger at AVAM in 2010

With very heavy hearts, we remember the great Julian Bond, former NAACP Chairman and brave civil rights activist, who passed away Saturday at the age of 75.

"In 1993, Julian Bond walked the Inner Harbor land construction site of the American Visionary Art Museum, offering with that silken voice encouragement for the museum to flourish. In 2010, Julian and his wife Pam Horowitz, shared our highest honor, AVAM's Grand Visionary Award, for their lifelong dedication to civil and human rights. We believe that creative acts of social justice constitute life's highest performance art. As such, Julian was that rare Olympian—wise, unwavering, super cool, and in possession of an awesome sense of play and humor. Pam and Julian also were avid collectors of folk and visionary art, and Julian even discovered an artist for us! To say Julian will be missed is a massive understatement. There is no one like him, nor on the horizon. We feel graced that his huge heart included AVAM in so many unforgettable ways. Our condolences go out to his adored wife Pam, his children and grandchildren, and his close friends and kindred spirits, Taylor and Christy Branch. When Julian was asked what his epitaph should read, he replied with a sly smile, "Easily Amused." — Rebecca Hoffberger, AVAM Founder and Director

Julian Bond obituary (AP)

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.

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