Artomatic has long been one of the most exciting cultural events in that not always so culturally exciting federal city to our south (this year it is actually in Crystal City, Va.). Every year (or so), Artomatic will (legally) occupy an otherwise unused building and fill it with an unjuried selection of the region’s performance, film, fashion, and visual art. The organization believes the festival “creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression.”
Given that Baltimore is full of vacant buildings (16,000 according to the city) and that our art scene is about nothing if not community, it might be surprising that Artomatic hasn’t already moved up this way.
There are plans to bring Artomatic to Baltimore, and Saturday, June 2, Maryland Art Place (MAP) will host a panel discussion with Jim Tretick, Eduardo Rodriguez, and George Koch on Artomatic@Baltimore as part of its 2012 Speakers Series. The panel will be part of a larger “get acquainted” show with performances and exhibitions running June 1-3 at 218 W. Saratoga St.