Voyages: Chapter 5

Event Details

Join us for a night exploring interconnectedness and humanity's relationship to the web of life. Experience the Aquarium like never before during Voyages: Chapter 5, featuring local food and drink, an immersive art installation and an after-party.

When: Thursday, July 18, 2024, from 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Who: Adults 21+
Price: $60/person

Questions? Contact us at 410-576-3800 or

About Voyages: Chapter 5

At the intersection of art and science lies Voyages, an original immersive event series at the National Aquarium that inspires connection to nature and celebrates all things Baltimore. Join us for Voyages: Chapter 5 and explore Aquarium exhibits as you consider interconnectedness and humanity's relationship to the web of life through an interactive, multi-media installation from the mind of local artist Schaun Champion, with performance support from WombWork Productions.

Inspired by months of research within the Aquarium and expertise provided by Angelo Villagomez, Schaun looked to the water to create art influenced by natural landscapes, mythology, indigenous practices and more. As you experience the Aquarium in a totally new way, Schaun's art will inspire you to consider your connection to the web of life. After exploring the exhibits, close out the night with your fellow voyagers at an after-party featuring jazz music from Brandon Woody and UPENDO.

Voyages: Chapter 5 promises to be a night of exploration that you won't soon forget, featuring local food vendors Empanada Lady, Taharka Brothers, Crust by Mack and Neopol Smokery will be available for purchase. Two bars will serve alcoholic and zero-proof beverages curated by Charm City Meadworks.

This is where art and science meet. This is a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Baltimore and the connection we share with the natural world. This is the Aquarium like you've never experienced it before. This is Voyages. Are you ready to embark on a journey into the deep?

Support for this event provided by the Marjorie Lynn Bank Endowment.

About the Artist

Schaun Champion is a lens-based artist and instructor based in Baltimore. As an environmental photographer, Schaun draws inspiration from the natural world to create art that blends drama with the familiar. Her work has been featured internationally in publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, BmoreArt and Essence Magazine.

About the Scientist

Every chapter of Voyages introduces scientists and experts to the artist to inform the artwork they create. At each event, we feature one expert who influenced the piece or whose work is relevant to the thematic intention chosen by the artist. The scientific content expert for Voyages: Chapter 5 offered an in-depth view of Indigenous-led conservation.

Angelo Villagomez

Angelo Villagomez is a senior fellow at American Progress whose work focuses on Indigenous-led conservation that uses a combination of Western scientific methods and Indigenous knowledge and values. He is passionate about redefining how we measure successful ocean conservation by advocating for a more holistic approach.


After you tour the exhibits, stay for an after-party jazz performance from Brandon Woody and UPENDO. Brandon performs with his band UPENDO around the globe, using music as a tool for healing, creating genuine connections and celebrating community.

Important Details

  • Guests will enter through the Aquarium's Pier 4 building; please be prepared with photo ID. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend the event.
  • Food and beverages from local Baltimore vendors will be available for purchase and are not included in the ticket price.
  • Australia: Wild Extremes in Pier 3 and the Dolphin Discovery amphitheater in Pier 4 will be closed during the event; however, the Dolphin Discovery underwater viewing area will be open.
  • The Aquarium is committed to connecting all guests with nature to inspire compassion and care for our ocean planet. A variety of services are available for guests with disabilities. Contact to request disability accommodation for the Voyages experience; advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
  • See the Eventbrite page for the evening's full schedule.

Community Access Tickets

The Voyages event series is building a community of hopeful conservationists that is inclusive of a spectrum of identity and creative curiosity. We believe accessible admission, regardless of economic circumstances, is critical for this aim. If you are experiencing economic adversity that prevents you from purchasing the full ticket price, please fill out the Voyages Access Ticket application to be entered into a drawing for free tickets.


Parking tickets pulled from the Aquarium's three partner garages—Harbor Park Garage, LAZ Inner Harbor Garage and Parkway Lockwood Place Garage—can be validated for a discount to event guests.

Community & Scientific Advisors

Voyages wouldn't be possible without the invaluable collaboration provided by our community advisors, scientific advisors and event production partners:

  • Beki Basch: Visual artist; piloted residency program at National Aquarium
  • Mario Brandhorst: Creative Mornings/Baltimore
  • Tim Chin: Emmy nominated food personality, The Blue Bearded Foodie
  • Andy Cook: Executive Director, Made in Baltimore
  • Tess Cooper: Acting GM, Pier 6
  • Lucas Gerace: Baltimore Rock Opera Society
  • Bri'Anna Horne: Director of Operations, Pigtown Climbs; Microbiologist
  • Jessica Keyes: Voyages: Chapter 2 Artist
  • Tatiana Mason: Formerly Manager at BLISS Meadows
  • Ashley Molese: Curator, Smithsonian FUTURES Exhibit; Curator, Light City
  • Elisha Nelson: Co-Founder of Black Girls Hike
  • Simone Phillips: Food Blogger, Charm City Table
  • Marvin Roxas: Photographer, Creative Organizer, Service Leader, Disaster Response Specialist
  • Sam Sessa: Director of Events & Community Engagement, WTMD & WYPR
  • Kira Wisniewski: Host & Co-Organizer, CreativeMornings/Baltimore
  • Evan Woodard: Founder of Salvage Arc
  • Angelo Villagomez: Senior Fellow, American Progress
  • Tane Casserley: Resource Protection and Permit Coordinator, NOAA Federal
  • Paul Orlando: Sanctuary Superintendent, NOAA Federal
  • Elena Gilroy: Mallows Bay Operations Manager, Charles County Recreation
  • Jack Cover: General Curator, National Aquarium
  • Debra Dial: Assistant Curator of Australia and Rain Forest, National Aquarium
  • Graham Hunt: Horticulturist, National Aquarium
  • Maggie Ostdahl: Senior Conservation Policy Manager, National Aquarium
  • Camryn Martin: Guest Engagement Specialist, National Aquarium
  • April Martin: Senior Marine Mammal Trainer, National Aquarium
  • Phil Smith: Staff Photographer, National Aquarium

Refund Policy

All admission purchases are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please call or email Central Reservations at 410-576-3833 or with any questions.


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