A team of four jurors selected eight neighborhoods to receive funding up to $15,000 for the creation of an illuminated public art project in their neighborhood during Light City. In 2016, five neighborhoods were selected to receive funding up to $10,000. Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community artist-in-residency program that extends the magic of Light City beyond the Inner Harbor by allowing artists to work collaboratively with the neighborhood of their artist residency. Click here to view the 2017 Neighborhood Profiles. Through proposals submitted by community organizations through an EOI (Expression of Interest), the jurors selected the following neighborhoods for Neighborhood Lights 2017: Hamilton-Lauraville, Waverly, Sandtown-Winchester, Station North, Coldstream Homestead Montebello, Little Italy, Hampden and Greater Mondawmin. Click here to read the juror bios.
The selected artists and artist teams are: Jonathan Taube for Coldstream Homestead Montebello, April Danielle Lewis | LabBodies for Greater Mondawmin, Maura Dwyer for Hamilton-Lauraville, Isaac Ewart for Hampden, Laure Drogoul for Little Italy, Malaika Aminata Clements for Sandtown-Winchester, Wickerham & Lomax for Station North and Jose Andres Rosero-Curet for Waverly.
By pairing these artists with communities, neighborhoods across the city will light up with artwork created with, for and by Baltimore City residents. Projects will be designed and developed collaboratively over the course of the next three months by the artists and community groups within their designated neighborhood. Projects are fully funded up to $15,000. The projects and their descriptions will be announced in January 2017.
Explore the projects for each 2017 neighborhood below.
Click here to view projects from 2016’s Neighborhood Lights.
Jonathan Taube (Resident Artist: Coldstream Homestead Montebello)
Jonathan Taube is an interdisciplinary sculptor practicing architecture in Baltimore. Taube, a native of New Orleans, graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2010 and holds a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Taube is looking forward to picking up his socially engaged sculpture practice now back in the magnetic Baltimore City.
In 2008, Taube directed a large scale civic action called the Baltimore Sweep Action Parade in partnership with the Walters Art Museum and MICA. He is excited to be exploring the medium of light in the urban and public space in CHM.
Coldstream Homestead Montebello (CHM)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the northeast Baltimore community of Coldstream Homestead Montebello (CHM) is home to Clifton Park, Lake Montebello, and City College. Residents of CHM actively work to better their neighborhood through the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello Community Corporation which provides a wide array of community services including strategic neighborhood planning, beautification and redevelopment of public green spaces, public safety initiatives, after school and youth activities, special trash and community clean-ups, property analysis, referral and employment services, code inspection programs, senior services, public meetings and workshops, and home repair services.
April Danielle Lewis | Labbodies (Resident Artists: Greater Mondawmin)
April Danielle Lewis is an artist, organizer, curator, and community cultivator. In 2009, April earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art and design with a concentration in printmaking from Towson University and an Associate of Art’s degree in visual art from Anne Arundel Community College in 2006.
LabBodies is a performance art laboratory that provides opportunities for performance artists to exhibit their work. LabBodies has been commissioned by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art in Odd Places, Transmodern Festival, Artscape, Light City, Bromo Arts and Entertainment District, and Station North Arts and Entertainment District to create their signature interactive performance art events.
The Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council (GMCC) is an umbrella advisory organization which works for the renewal and revitalization of the Greater Mondawmin community. GMCC consists of eight neighborhoods immediately surrounding the Mondawmin Mall. The Greater Mondawmin Community is a strong and stable force in Baltimore City adjacent to Druid Hill Park The GMCC regularly partners with the educational institutions, faith-based institutions and non-profits within their boundaries including the historic Frederick Douglass High School, Coppin State University, Parks & People Foundation, the Center for Urban Families, and ConneXions Academy.
Maura Dwyer of Spectrum Studio (Resident Arist: Hamilton-Lauraville)
Maura Dwyer is an interdisciplinary artist from Baltimore currently working on ways to contribute to community and awareness-driven art practices. In her professional work, she partners with artists, schools, non-profits and small businesses to create murals and teach workshops.
She finds the most joy in working on original content that speaks to a collective experience that may be under-told, whether a live performance, a short film, mural or illustration.
Hamilton-Lauraville is a diverse community of nine neighborhoods in northeast Baltimore that are joined by Harford Road. A “Five Star Family Neighborhood” of Live Baltimore, it’s known for a family-friendly culture that attracts first-time homebuyers, families, artists, and small business owners. A vibrant business district provides ample shopping, dining, galleries, and performance spaces. Historically farmland, today that past is reflected in community values of sustainability, a green infrastructure, and many residents engaged in urban agriculture. With its open parkland, tree-lined streets, historic homes, friendly neighbors, and a walkable main street, it’s no wonder Baltimore Magazine named it a “hidden gem”!
Isaac Ewart (Resident Artist: Hampden)
Born in California, Isaac Ewart has been a Baltimore City resident for the last four years. His love for art-making came from his father; Isaac remembers running around his father’s art openings as a child. His passion for art-making led him to start his own painting practice.
Eventually, he was struck with the notion that these paintings needed to move. His animations focus on the tactile quality of fine art blended with a passion for storytelling.
Hampden was originally settled as a residential community for workers at the mills that had sprung up along the Jones Falls. Hampden is located in the geographic center of Baltimore City, nestled between the Jones Falls, Druid Hill Park and Johns Hopkins University. Hampden’s small town feel, neighborly atmosphere and proximity to downtown make it one of the most popular neighborhoods in Baltimore. Hampden is a great place to live, work and play. It is also a fun place to visit with lots of stores, restaurants and bars. Hampden also plays host to some of the most well know events in Baltimore including the Mayor’s Christmas Parade, The “Miracle on 34th Street,” Hon Fest, Hampdenfest, and more.
Laure Drogoul (Resident Artist: Little Italy)
Laure Drogoul is an interdisciplinary artist, olfactory spelunker and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore, MD. Laure works with a wide range of media including projects in which she creates sculpture, performances and events that invite the viewer to be an active participant.
She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally, including at the International House of Japan in Tokyo, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art, PS122 and the Center for Architecture in New York as well as many street corners, vacant lots, alleys and underutilized urban spaces.
She has received Maryland State Artist awards and a Franklin Furnace Award for Performance Art and has been a recipient of a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. In 2006, Drogoul was honored with the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
Benvenuti! Little Italy is a cozy, quaint neighborhood nestled in between Fells Point and the famed Inner Harbor in the downtown area of Baltimore. Each year millions of visitors pass through our culturally and historically enriched community to explore the old world charm and savor all it has to offer. There are authentic Italian restaurants galore, summertime festivals, bocce tournaments, cultural learning centers, the Madonnari Chalk Art Festival, sons of Italy Lodge and of course the center of our neighborhood, St. Leo’s Parish. During the 20th century, hoards of Italians migrated to Baltimore to remain banded together and to cultivate their new life in the land of opportunity. Generations later, many of the Little Italy rowhomes on narrow, architecturally appealing streets are still inhabited by their families. Little Italy still remains a tight knit community emanating the feel and ambiance of the Old Country.
Malaika Aminata Clements (Resident Artist: Sandtown-Winchester)
Malaika Aminata Clements is a freelance life experiencer whose ultimate purpose is to promote self-acceptance and understanding through creative expression. In 2013, she graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in print journalism, and has since worked on a number of different projects that use the mediums of writing, videography, photography, music, dance and theatre to share stories that are often ignored.
Through OurNature, a creative catalyst co-founded by Malaika in 2010, Malaika aims to build community by creating spaces where genuine human interaction can take place.
Rumored to have been named after the sand that dropped from wagons traveling through the community from a neighborhood quarry, west Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester community was a center for African American families, culture and entertainment in the 1950’s and 1960’s and was fondly called “Baltimore’s Harlem”. Steady declines in local industrial jobs and the Baltimore City riots in 1968 were followed by decades of neglect and disinvestment; these struggles boiled over in April 2015 during the civil unrest following the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The community however also has many strong and dedicated residents, faith institutions, and nonprofits including Jubilee Arts (a program of Intersection of Change) which is honored to host Light City and highlight the community’s strengths, resiliency and talented local artists.
Wickerham & Lomax (Resident Artists: Station North)
Wickerham & Lomax is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Daniel Wickerham (born in Columbus, OH) and Malcolm Lomax (born in Abbeville, SC). Their practice is based on the accelerated exchange of frivolous information, gossip, and codified language that crystallizes into accessible forms in hopes of giving dignity to that exchange.
Station North Arts & Entertainment District
Station North was the first area in Baltimore to receive the state designation as an arts and entertainment district. Spanning the neighborhoods of Barclay, Greenmount West and Charles North, Station North is a diverse collection of artist live-work spaces, galleries, rowhomes and businesses, all just steps away from Penn Station, Mount Vernon, Charles Village, MICA, UB and JHU. Station North Arts & Entertainment strives to ensure the district builds on its reputation as a nationally recognized creative hub and maintains its appeal to a diverse population of locals and visitors from near and far.
Jose Andres Rosero-Curet (Resident Artist: Waverly)
Jose Andres Rosero-Curet is a Puerto Rican-born arts technologist from Baltimore, MD. Since 2014, Jose has performed live video projection for notable acts such as TT the Artist, Black Sage, Hi$to and Mighty Mark. His work has been featured at events including the Transmodern Festival, Art/Sound Now, Light City 2016 and Fields Festival. Jose’s dynamic visuals and interactive installations guide audiences into new realms through creative use of light and sound.
Waverly Main Street is the historic business district located in the center of Waverly Village. Waverly is one of nine designated Main Streets in Baltimore City. Located on Greenmount Avenue from E. 29th Street to E. 35th Street, the district has over 100 shops, services and restaurants. It is surrounded by the residential communities: Better Waverly, Waverly, Abell and Oakenshawe. Waverly Main Street’s mission is to expand growth of the Waverly business district through revitalization and economic development, commercial building and streetscape improvements, as well as promotions and entrepreneurial development.
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