It’s over, those three days in July where Baltimore puts aside its siloed, segregated self and joins hands as the city that, well, dances together.
By all accounts, Artscape ’14 was a rip-roaring success: record-breaking crowds, plenty of good music at Mt. Royal Station and other stages, first-class art thanks to curators who weeded out the run-of-the-mill stuff, and new “After Hours” performances on North Charles Street.
There was the promised mobility, but mobility that favored the two-legged type and Light Rail – where the automobile was featured as an expression of creativity (the Art Car exhibit) rather than a tyrant of urban life.
But what we liked best about Artscape is how it maintains a home-grown feel of Baltimoreans (from the city and the greater metro area) enjoying their own diversity, quirkiness and continuity as a unique corner of America while embracing artists and performers from around the country.
So bravo to BOPA, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and her staff, and BCPD and Commissioner Batts, whose officers handled the crowds with a light and friendly touch.
One suggestion for 2015: more benches so that families, old-timers and others can recuperate from all the visual and aural stimulation.
BELOW: some views of Artscape yesterday evening shortly before the DPW crews took over.