Frequently Asked Questions
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All events are FREE and open to the public. Please check-in at the Guest Services area at The Washington Monument for a full schedule.
Masterclasses: All masterclasses are first come, first served and have a maximum student count of 25. There are plenty of options in every time slot throughout the Festival. However, it may be helpful to help students choose a Plan A and a Plan B.
What technical elements are provided by the venue?: The technical elements depend on your discipline. Please be mindful of your equipment. You have 5 minutes for setting and striking the performance location.
*Dance, Theatre: The venues will offer a 20’ square, unobstructed space with an electrical outlet nearby. Presenting artist(s) will have 5-minutes to set-up, 20-minutes to perform, and 5-minutes to strike. Student artist(s) must supply a sound source and amplification if needed.
*Media Arts: All work must be submitted in advance. Please contact Barbara Liedahl, the Media Arts Festival organizer, with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
*Music (Vocal and Instrumental): The venues will offer 12 chairs, 12 music stands, and a piano. Student artist(s) will have 5-minutes to set-up, 20-minutes to perform, and 5-minutes to strike. Presenting artist(s) must supply instruments and any additional needs.
*Poetry/Creative Writing: The venues will offer a 10’ square, unobstructed space with an electrical outlet nearby. Student artist(s) will have 5-minutes to set-up, 20-minutes to perform, and 5-minutes to strike. Presenting artist(s) must supply sound source and amplification if needed. Presenting artists will share time slots with 1 fellow creative artist. Please be prepared to share the 20-minute time slot and be sure to use the 5-minute set-up time to discuss with the assigned partner.
*Visual Art: The venues will offer wall space with hanging system, easels and/or pedestals. Student artist(s) will not move work once it is placed. 3-4 students artists will share a scheduled 20-minute artist talks (allowing 4-5 mins per student) to discuss their work with the audience, so please prepare concept statements and explanations about the creation of the work. Students should prepare 1-3 pieces to exhibit.
Are the venues within walking distance?: All of the venues are within walking distance from each other. For instance, walking from the Walters Art Museum to Peabody takes about 3 minutes at a slow pace. From Peabody, walking northeast to Center Stage is a 4 minute medium pace walk.
Walters Art Museum
Entrance: Please enter at the Centre Street entrance. This entrance is also accessible.
Large Bags, Backpacks, and Instrument Cases: Umbrellas, tripods, packages and bags exceeding 13" x 17" cannot be taken into the galleries; they must be left in the coat check room. This includes large bags, backpacks, and instrument cases.
Instruments: Outside of your performance, instruments cannot be taken into the galleries. If you stay at the Walters after your performance, you instrument will need to be checked into lockers.
In the Galleries:
To protect fragile artwork, food, drinks, and gum are not allowed in the museum.
Please do not sit or stand on platforms or lean on cases.
Please do not touch the objects on display. (The oil from your hands can damage the artwork.)
Please walk. Do not run. Going too fast might cause you to miss something!
Practice your museum voice. Use inside voices to talk about the art and share your observations.