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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
It may not have the cachet of an Oscar or a Tony, but "The Fred" may soon become a coveted prize among high school artists in Baltimore. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has announced the inaugural Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize, named for longtime president of the Maryland Institute College of Art. The prize, dubbed "The Fred," which will include a $1,000 award to a high school senior living in Baltimore City. The winner, chosen by a jury (Lazarus will not be one of the judges)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Jim Lucio, who succeeded Gary Kachadourian as visual arts coordinator for Artscape in 2009, has resigned. An imaginative artist, Lucio won praise for spicing things up at Artscape, the annual summer event in Baltimore billed as the country's largest free arts festival. In his first year, he instigated interactive projects that involved an interactive video and a giant graphic novel. Since then, he was been credited with keeping the visual arts scene at Artscape invigorating.
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August 12, 2013
Frederick County still has an ample amount of farmland and thus attracts more than its share of illegal immigrants. This is good for farmers but it also has created substantial additional crime the area could well do without ( "Frederick County officials still see role in enforcing immigration laws," Aug. 8). Most of the deportations from Frederick are a direct result of nabbing criminals who happen to be in the country illegally. Maybe the woman eating her sandwich just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe the police were investigating a crime in the area and she was only being questioned when it was discovered she was illegally here.
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By Lisa Akchin | July 24, 2013
President Barack Obama's unusually personal and frank recollection this past week of being greeted by the click of car door locks while crossing the street set off a "click" of recognition among blacks and whites alike. I know my own hand made that reflexive move for the door lock too many times before my mind considered the impact of my actions as a white woman on the feelings of a young black man. Once I made this connection, I stopped reaching for the locks. When traveling by foot, I now make an effort to catch the eyes of black men walking toward me to say, "Good morning," or "Good evening.
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July 23, 2013
While I enjoyed Tim Smith 's article about the Art Car Show, I was sorry not to see the names of some of the hard-working people who made it possible this year ("After two decades on the road, art cars still rev up the imagination at Artscape," July 19). They include Jim Lucio, the event's outstanding visual arts coordinator, who races around all weekend doing a million jobs and sweating buckets. There's also the curator of this year's show, Julia "Jewelz" Cody, who is internationally known in art car circles.
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July 21, 2013
I am in full agreement with John Davis Held's letter about Artscape and the hot weather ("Artscape in July is too darn hot," July 18). My wife and I always looked forward to attending but could only do so if the weather cooperated. It would be wonderful to hold this event in the spring or fall when sweltering 90 degree-plus heat is not likely. Certainly, this would attract more visitors and vendors of quality artwork. Please feel free to forward my comments to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as well as the organizers of Artscape.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
About a half-dozen people at a time pitched in Saturday to help Baltimore artist Wilson Kemp complete a mural during Artscape. They crouched near the bottom of the canvas, perched on a step stool or squeezed in somewhere in the middle, ignoring the heat as they gripped paint brushes and zeroed in on their own small corners of a bigger picture. At the 32nd annual Baltimore festival, it was community art in progress. The grassy park across from the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall became home to the first ever "10,000 brushes" project, billed as a "mural experience" during the event that calls itself America's biggest free arts festival.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
At first glance - best shielded, given the sun's fierce glare reflected from all the chrome - the 7,500-pound, 29-feet-long "Finnjet" suggests transport for intergalactic travelers with a pronounced sense of humor. More than 80 lights and three dozen mirrors adorn the surface of this vehicle, not to mention a large model of the Space Shuttle on the roof, metal sculptures of stingrays, and a Barbie doll encased in a silver high-heeled shoe, stuck onto the lower edge of the driver's door.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
At 9 a.m. Friday, highways around Baltimore were mostly running smoothly as rush hour wrapped up. The State Highway Administration reported no incidents or lane closures in the region. Meanwhile, motorists in Baltimore should be aware of a series of road closures in effect for Artscape, which runs Friday through Sunday in Mount Vernon and Station North. In addition to the local street closures, the exit ramps from the Jones Falls Expressway onto Mount Royal Avenue will be closed.
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Jacques Kelly | July 19, 2013
The corner of North and Charles promises to be full of Artscape visitors this weekend, but how many of them will realize there is a thriving and changing residential community within and behind those commercial blocks? This might be Baltimore's fastest-growing arts residential neighborhood, not just its arts presentation and performance address. But unlike the creative stands strung out along Charles Street this weekend, the results of a lot of residential investment and hard work are not so evident.
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