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The American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) offers visitors art, a dining experience, a breath of fresh air and many things to look at outside of the museum – all close to the Inner Harbor.

The latest exhibit, “High on Life,” is a different way of looking at addictions: sex, food and different behaviors. Until September 6, 2003, patrons will be able to see art such as “Bridge to Compassion,” “Long Night’s Journey into Day,” a sculpture called “Milk Blood” and many others.

Upstairs, the Joy America Café provides guests with New World cuisine with a twist of culinary art, not to mention very exotic-looking menus for all the inner-artists. The hardwood floor café comfortably seats 80 guests who sit at white linen-clothed tables overlooking a view of the Baltimore Harbor. The café is open Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m.-10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The balcony of the café is open when the weather starts to warm up and guests can see a fantastic view of the Baltimore Harbor without leaving their chairs.

Outside the museum, guests can look at several large attractions. The Giant Whirligig was created as a salute to Federal Hill, and Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Vollis Simpson, who is a mechanic/farmer and an artist, created the sculptureIn the Wildflower Garden, guests can see climbing vines surround the wooden meditation chapel/wedding altar built in the garden. They also get to walk around to look at the pretty wildflowers.

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A Home for Bright Starts: 33 School Art Center is not only the headquarters for Bright Starts director Michelle McCallum and assistant Chevon Jay, it's a studio, a workshop, an office, an exhibition

A window to the past and an investment in the future:: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is an innovative and entertaining museum that has teamed up with the Maryland State Department of Education to create a brighter future.

After-school programs at Port Discovery: The after-school program at Port Discovery is not like most after-school programs.

Arabbers: An Endangered Species: If lucky enough, among the common sounds of city life, one can hear the melodic combination of the jingle of bells and the slow gallop of hooves that come from Baltimore 's own horse-cart vendors, or arabbers.

Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders: What makes the Ravens cheerleaders so special?

Behind the scenes with Ravens Cheerleaders: The medieval-style building, adorned with a giant stone carving of the team logo, can be quite intimidating to enter for the first time.

Behind the Workshops: They are the staple to Bright Starts’ goals, unity and inspiration.

Brighter futures created because of one bright mind: Bright Starts: A dream come true for a woman in love with arts and her community.

Bumpo the Elephant –Theresa's newest creation: Fifi the pink poodle, and Bumpo the elephant were both designed and created by Segreti’s brilliant mind.

Community Appearances: When the Ravens Cheerleaders are back in the states, they participate in anywhere from 60 to 80 different charity events each year.

Cross Market Street: Listen to Steve Bongiovani talking about the Federal Hill's, century-old, Cross Street Market, and also visit the Cross Street Market... more than just shopping.

Cross Street Market Customers Keep Workers Happy: Cross Street Market... more than just shopping.

Dabbling in Artscape: For three days in the month of July, the city of Baltimore masses together to celebrate the love of visual and performing arts in an intricately organized event appropriately named Artscape.

Education Programs at the National Aquarium in Baltimore: Learning without pencils and notebooks is effortless at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Educational Tours and Youth Programs at the Baltimore Museum of Industry: The Baltimore Museum of Industry has programs specifically designed to reach out to children.

Family Works Market for Century: Steve Bongiovani is the owner of Bongiovani and Son, Inc.,

Fort McHenry: Fort McHenry has played an active role in our nation's history from the founding of the nation through World War II.

Fudgery Fudge: “The Sweet Melody of Fudge?”

Fun at the Opening Ceremonies: Mud Doctors, Kinetic Kops and Kinetinauts were out in full force Saturday April 26 dressed in their most party-like attire for the fifth annual National East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race, hosted by the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore.

Have a patriotic party: The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum is a great place to hold your next event.

Inner Harbor Paddle Boats: Inexpensive fun for tourists and natives of the Baltimore area at the paddle boats.

Let the Race Begin: AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race: from setting and testing the vehicles to awarding the winners.

Locust Point: Locust Point became a point of entry for immigrants after the Civil War

Making a brighter future:: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture has teamed up with the Maryland Department of Education to reach more than 850,000 students and 50,000 teachers.

Making History: The creation of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag: According to Flag House documents, the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner began when Mary Young Pickersgill was approached by Major George Armistead and was asked to create a flag to fly over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

Maryland African American Life:: The permanent exhibition will be set into three galleries: Labor that Built a Nation, Family and Community, and Culture/Arts and Enlightenment.

More Than Just Cheerleaders: The Ravens Cheerleaders are kept busy with a grueling practice schedule and weekly performances at home games.

Museum History: From Past to Present: When the Flag House became a museum in 1927, the first curators lived in the upper stories of Mary Pickersgill's 19th century home and ran the bottom floor as a museum.

Native Tongue: “It's Ballmer, Hon”

New plans for Maryland Science Museum: The Maryland Science Center has some great exhibits to check out if you’re ever on the harbor.

Noise!: Sounds of Baltimore incorporate more than just the typical sounds of the city—they are so much more.

O'malle's March: The thump of shoes clomping against the floor reverberates to the festive music.

Passing on the Knowledge: The Girl Scout program: The Girl Scout program at the Flag House is one of the most popular programs offered.

Port Discovery: A Great Place for Children and Adults to Visit: Visit a non-traditional museum where visitors are encouraged to touch the exhibitions: Port Discovery is the right place for children.

Port Discovery: Devotion to Education: Port Discovery's mission is to create an atmosphere that is both entertaining and educational at the same time.

Port Discovery: Looking for volunteers: Port Discovery is looking to increase their volunteers to help out in an assortment of different jobs at the museum.

Power Plant Live!: What used to be vacated has now come to life with Power Plant Live!

Priceless Penny: Penny Potter wasted no time in developing her new program. She launched three different Bright Starts classes for one month every Saturday.

Putting Down the Poms, the Autograph Pens… and Making a Difference: Autumn Harvest, Hurricane Katrina Relief and Habitat for Humanity.

Supporting the troops: One of the most extraordinary things the team has done was going overseas to perform for the American troops serving in the Mediterranean region.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry:A place where history comes to life!: At the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI), adults and children alike can learn about everything from food canning to broadcasting.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Theatre on the Harbor Program: You might think that a museum dedicated to preserving industrial heritage would have no need for a theater program, well you’re wrong.

The Civil War Museum: Located at the historical President Street Station, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, visitors of the Baltimore Civil War Museum can learn about the history of the railroad in Maryland, the transportation of slaves escaping to the North, as well as the stations’ role in the civil war.

The Duck: Mark Ward, Deputy Director of the AVAM, has always been a big part of its Kinetic Sculpture Race.

The Flag House: Creating New History: Children and adults can spend time learning about history without going far: the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum has what they need.

The Fudgery: Treat yourself at The Fudgery and enjoy the show while you are there.

The Kinetic Beauty Shoppe Workshop: The American Visionary Art Museuem (AVAM), 800 Key Highway, opened its doors in 1995, and it is chock full of eye candy.

The Marine Animal Rescue Program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore: An unusual animal at the National Aquarium in Baltimore draws visitors to the “Wings in the Water” exhibit.

Theresa Segreti: The Kinetic Sculpture Race is not the only great event that the museum throws.

Toon Boy: Entertaining tourists and locals by doing what he loves: cartoons!

Transcription of Interview - Port Discovery

Under the Sea at the National Aquarium in Baltimore: Spend some time under the sea at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Volunteering at the Baltimore Museum of Industry: From college interns to retired workers, the BMI is always looking for volunteers to fill its support crews.

Volunteering at the National Aquarium in Baltimore: If you want to experience an underwater adventure daily at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, you can join the 600 volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts in various positions to complete vital functions.

Winners of the 2003 East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race: Team Bedlam won the coveted Mediocre Award in the fifth annual East Coast National Kinetic Sculpture Race.