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

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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Fourth of July Pet Parade
Monday, July 4 • 10am (9:30am Pet Registration) FREE!

The best dog-gone parade in town! Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! Dress your pet & strut your stuff. 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!

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Flicks from the Hill
Thursdays in July & August • FREE museum admission 5-9pm • FREE screenings at 9pm

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; 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!

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Flicks Premiere Party
Thursday, July 7 • 6:30-8pm • Sculpture Barn • $15 General Admission, $10 AVAM Members

Kick off AVAM's 2016 season of Flicks From the Hill with our Flicks Premiere Party! Enjoy some delicious eats from Chipotle, Encantada, & other local restaurants, and wash it all down with some tasty brews while you enjoy music.

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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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FIT BEFORE FLICKS: Tour de Federal Hill #1 with Race Pace Bicycles
Thursday, July 14• 6:30-8pm • FREE!

AVAM & Race Pace Bicycles are teaming up once again for the annual Tours de Federal Hill bike rides – offered on 2 different Flicks nights! See the local sights & scenery from the seat of your 2-wheeler on these relaxed, evening rides.

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Shiny Happy Things with Bob Benson
Thursday, July 14 • 6-9pm (before the Flick!) $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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BAZAART: Call for Artists!
Application deadline: Postmarked by July 15, 2016 Application fee: FREE

BAZAART – AVAM's annual holiday marketplace of original creations by over 50 regional artists and craftspeople returns this holiday season! Featuring the artsyiest arts & craftiest crafts, ranging from painting to sculpture to jewelry to handmade clothing and accessories, BAZAART has become a Baltimore tradition attracting hoards of holiday shoppers each year to AVAM for this one-of-a-kind show!

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Summer Break Make & Take Workshops
Tuesday, July 19 - Friday, July 22 • 2-4pm daily $5 per participant (museum admission not included)

AVAM’s Education staff is opening their classroom doors this July for a special session of hands-on, drop-in art making workshops with a few fabulous artists! Drop by our classroom (2nd floor, JRVC) between 2 and 4pm each afternoon to MAKE your own original artwork and TAKE it with you!

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FIT BEFORE FLICKS: Fun Run with Charm City Run
Thursday, July 21 • 6:30-7:30pm • FREE!

Lace up your running shoes and head to AVAM for a FREE Fun Run presented by AVAM & Charm City Run! Enjoy this casual 3 to 5-mile jog through local neighborhoods before crossing the finish line at AVAM.

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FIT BEFORE FLICKS: Tour de Federal Hill #2 with Race Pace Bicycles
Thursday, August 4 • 6:30-8pm • FREE!

AVAM & Race Pace Bicycles are teaming up once again for the annual Tours de Federal Hill bike rides – offered on 2 different Flicks nights! See the local sights & scenery from the seat of your 2-wheeler on these relaxed, evening rides.

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Shinier Happier Things with Bob Benson
Thursday, August 4 • 6-9pm (before the Flick!) $50, $35 Members

Join *King of Bling* Bob Benson for a special sequel to his wildly popular Shiny Happy Things workshop! This continuing class is intended for those who have already studied the art of flashie-making in Bob's beginning workshop. Get ready for *SHINIER* HAPPIER THINGS—where you'll take your bling to the next level by making some giant super-flashies, or try your hand at creating an oscillum or a neck-tie!

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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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FIT BEFORE FLICKS: Yoga with YogaWorks
Thursday, August 11• 6:30-7:15pm • FREE!

Refresh and rejuvenate with a FREE Yoga session! Participants from beginner to novice and of all abilities are welcome to join YogaWorks instructors in this special Pre-Flicks workshop. BYO yoga mat or towel.

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FIT BEFORE FLICKS: Zumba with Federal Hill Fitness
Thursday, August 18• 6:30-7:15pm • FREE!

Shake your way to AVAM for this FREE Zumba class presented by Federal Hill Fitness! Low-intensity and high-intensity moves combine for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance party in AVAM's JRVC plaza.

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Flicks Food Truck Night
Thursday, August 25• 5:30-8:30pm • FREE entry, bring $ for grub

We're celebrating the close of the 2016 season of Flicks From The Hill with a Food Truck Night! Free entry, just bring cash or credit to pay for your grub. Feast on delicious eats from Baltimore's finest food trucks (trucks TBA).

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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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