As the weather starts to change and people begin to shake off the winter blues, art events also become the order of the day (or night). Whether it is performing, literary or visual art, people seek that connection that ties them to culture. They look for activities that not only get them out for the evening, but also reflect their interests and present opportunities for personal growth. Here are some art activities that will be offered in the Baltimore area this spring.
Drop-In Art Activities
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Date: Saturdays and Sundays Jan. 3-25, 2015
The Walters offers weekend art activities for the entire family. Filled with fun, attendees can experience exploration by various modes of transportation. According to the website, teachers will assist family members in creating various artpieces which they can take with them. There is a different theme, or project, each weekend. Registration is not required, hence the “drop-in.”
Creative Alliance Residents’ Open House
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
Date: Feb. 21, 2015
Located in an old renovated movie theater, the Creative Alliance offers many programs to enhance the artistic expressions of the community. This event offers an annual peek into the talents of the resident artists. This is a chance to network as well as view the artistry of the people noted for their work at the Creative Alliance. The event will feature a variety of media utilized by the diverse group of artists.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre
5900 Symphony Woods Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Date: Now through Feb. 1, 2015
This theatre, celebrating its 32nd year, offers the best in timeless Broadway family-friendly classics. Located in Columbia, right outside of Baltimore, this venue features premier productions with a buffet-style dinner. “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way” is just one of the familiar lines you’ll hear in the lineup of hits after hits. “Mary Poppins” is a show the whole family will enjoy.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Date: Jan. 19, 2015
Located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill area, this museum specializes in eclectic art. Patrons and visitors are treated to seeing art in a unique way. Established in 1995, this unusual museum features three floors of exhibits displaying work of mostly self-taught artists. According to the website, “visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as ‘art’ by its creator.” The museum will celebrate Dr. King’s vision with a free fun-filled day of activities to include guided tours, music, workshops and dance. All activities will be free and open to the public.
James E. Lewis Museum of Art
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21251
Date: Exhibits are on a constant rotation
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art, a hidden treasure in the Baltimore area, is located on the southeastern campus of Morgan State University inside the Carl Murphy Fine Arts building. This museum touts it is where art, history and cultures meet. It features colorful displays of Asian, African, European sculptures, pottery and paintings. In addition, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art features various programs and lectures. The James Edward Lewis Museum of Art has permanent as well as new collections. There are various media such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, lithographs, collages, prints and photographs.
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