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

Weekend Walk-In: King's Mouth
Saturday, February 13, 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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Weekend Walk-In: Hope Chests
Saturday, March 5, 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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Shiny Happy Things with Bob Benson
Saturday, March 12, 2016 • 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.

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Wedding Happy Hour
Thursday, March 24, 2016 • 5:30–8pm FREE for couples & guests, please RSVP

Enjoy delicious food and cocktails as you meet some of Baltimore's BEST wedding vendors at this intimate show – now in its 15th 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.

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Big Hope For Baltimore Conference
Monday, March 28, 2016 • 3pm–6pm FREE, but limited space & registration required

Part of Baltimore's 1st LIGHT CITY U, Big Hope for Baltimore is a conference that gathers those key veteran players who have successfully and lovingly brought light and dignity to cities struggling to defeat common elements of darkness.

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Spring Break Make & Take Workshops
Tues. March 29–Fri. April 1 • 2pm–4pm daily $5/participant (museum admission not included)

AVAM's Education staff is opening their classroom doors for some special hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshops for Spring Break! In celebration of Baltimore's first ever LIGHT CITY, AVAM is offering a "Light" themed workshop each day.

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Extended Hours during Light City
Thursday, March 31 • Museum OPEN until 8pm Regular admission applies

In celebration of LIGHT CITY, Baltimore's festival of Light, Music and Innovation, AVAM will be open until 8pm on Thursday, March 31. Visitors may tour our current mega-exhibition, The Big Hope Show, and explore the rest of our light-filled, wonderland campus for these special extended evening hours.

Weekend Walk-In: Night Light Luminary
Saturday, April 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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MOSAICS with Rick Shelley
Saturday, April 9, 2016 • 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.

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Kinetic Volunteer Meeting #1
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 • 6:30–8:30pm

Calling All Kinetic Volunteers! Attend one of our fun-filled meetings to learn about the history of AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race and get the scoop from some veteran volunteers & Kinetinauts on what each volunteer duty entails... then SIGN UP for a job! Don't forget, the race is Sat. May 7, 2016!

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Kinetic Volunteer Meeting #2
Saturday, April 23, 2016 • 10am–12pm

Calling All Kinetic Volunteers! Attend one of our fun-filled meetings to learn about the history of AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race and get the scoop from some veteran volunteers & Kinetinauts on what each volunteer duty entails... then SIGN UP for a job! Don't forget, the race is Sat. May 7, 2016!

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18th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 7, 2016 • All day race starts @ 10am FREE for Spectators!

From AVAM—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?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots.

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