Artscape Timeline

Choosing art and culture as its theme, Artscape debuts amid the city's then-revitalization. Performers included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Ray Charles and Baltimore jazz singer Ethel Ennis. Grace Hartigan, Amalie Rothschild and Joyce Scott were included among the visual artists.

Back for more: Ray Charles performed at the first Artscape, and is back for the 20th Artscape. (AP Photo)

Attendance at the second Artscape reaches 350,000 and the official city scene poster (at 1,480 feet) is entered into the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the longest and largest poster in the world. Taj Mahal performs and the visual arts component includes a billboard design program.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir perform a tribute to Baltimore native and civil rights activist Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. The Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Sweet Honey in the Rock also perform. The visual arts exhibit focuses on Baltimore's screen-painting tradition.

Sweet sounds: Sweet Honey in the Rock performed at Artscape in 1984.

Artist Grace Hartigan receives the 4th annual Mayoral Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts. Spyro Gyra and Bo Diddley perform.

Artscape celebrates its 5th anniversary. The Chiffons, Joan Baez and the Boys Choir of Harlem perform.

Deanna Bogart and Leon Redbone perform.

Photographer Pat Ward collaborates with Lake Clifton Senior High School students for "Dance Moves: A Collaborative Mural of Cameraless Images" and "Children's Workshop: Children as Architects" pairs kids with architects at the festival.

On the skins: Max Roach brought his jazzy quartet to Artscape in 1989. (AP Photo)

Artscape goes global by emphasizing Baltimore's ties to Africa with special performances. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Grover Washington, Jr. and the Max Roach Quartet all make appearances. Five hundred Maryland artists participate in a "Postcard Correspondence Show."

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke launches the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition to honor the Baltimore jazz legend. Letitia Leigh is the winner. Roberta Flack, Chick Corea, Buckwheat Zydeco and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones perform. George Ciscle curates "Outcry: Artists Answer AIDS."

Artscape's 10th anniversary includes performances by Jeffrey Osborne, Emmylou Harris and Hiroshima. "Baltimore Scapes: Images of Baltimore - Physical, Mental, Cultural" is among the visual arts exhibits.

Country crooner: Emmylou Harris shook things up with country music at Artscape in 1991. (AP Photo)

Performers include Gladys Knight and Tammy Wynette. Poet Lucille Clifton gives a celebrity reading. More than 70 artists are included in a "Maryland Survey" exhibit.

Chaka Khan and Ruben Blades (con Son Del Solar) perform while Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf: A Choreopoem") and Daniel Mark Epstein ("Nat King Cole") give readings.

Attendance reaches more than 1 million. The Annual Car and Alternative Transportation Show begins. Aretha Franklin performs and Rafael Alvarez reads from "The Fountain of Highlandtown." "The Ecstatic Garden of Sublime Delirium" includes multimedia installations by 16 artists.

Queen of soul: Aretha Franklin graced Artscape with her presence in 1994. (AP Photo)

Ethel Ennis performs and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Yardley ("Monday Morning Quarterback") gives a reading.

George Ciscle, Amalie Rothschild and Joyce Scott curate "A Fifteen Year Survey of Baltimore Art. Celebrating Rinehart" commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at MICA. The first collaboration between Maryland Art Place and Artscape examines stencil activism in Baltimore.

Patti LaBelle, KoKo Taylor, Tito Puente and the Kelly Bell Band perform. David Simon and Edward Burns read from "The Corner."

Two-timer: Patti LaBelle appeared at Artscape in 1997 and 2000. (AP Photo)

The Who's Roger Daltrey and the British Rock Symphony and Choir are the headliners. Gladys Knight, Buckwheat Zydeco and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones also perform. Laura Lippman (Tess Monaghan mysteries), Sujata Massey ("The Floating Girl") and author/director John Waters ("Shock Value," "Crackpot") all give celebrity readings.

Musical and literary performance comes together for the first time when Ashford & Simpson appear with poet Maya Angelou. Earl Klugh, The Temptations and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Dionne Warwick also perform.

Patti LaBelle, Mayor Martin O'Malley's band O'Malley's March, the Neville Brothers and Tito Puente perform.

--Materials provided by Artscape.