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.
COLDSTREAM HOMESTEAD MONTEBELLO | LIGHT ELEPHANT
(Resident Artists: Jonathan Taube & Iman Djouini)
On View: March 31-April 8
Event: Saturday, April 1 – 7-9:30pm (Rain Date: Sunday, April 2)
Lake Montebello near the Hillen St. entrance
This 16’ inflatable light sculpture will travel throughout the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood in the weeks leading up to Light City before performing its final act: standing on the surface of the water in the center of Lake Montebello. There, the elephant will become the centerpiece for a celebratory community “circus” featuring illuminated dance, a glow-in-the-dark disc golf tournament, live musical performances and more. After the festival, the sculpture will be deconstructed and the rain barrels used to create its base will be redistributed to neighborhood residents throughout Coldstream Homestead Montebello.
Shedding Light on Our Watershed Workshop
Civic Works’ Clifton Mansion, 2701 St Lo Drive
This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to build and install their own rain barrels. Participants will learn about hydrology, storm water management and how residents can participate in small gestures to benefit the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
About the artist: 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.
GREATER MONDAWMIN | SAFE & SOUND
(Resident Artist: April Danielle Lewis | Labbodies)
Presented by BGE
On View: March 31-April 8
Parade & Performances: April 7, 8-10:30pm (Rain Date April 8)
Safe & Sound is a multi-faceted performance installation that explores the themes of safety and protection. An illuminated series of plexiglass raindrop sculptures programmed to display light patterns will be on view in the southwest section of Hanlon Park throughout the eight nights of Light City. On April 7 at 8pm, a celebratory processional comprised of community residents and their original light-augmented umbrella sculptures will parade through the Greater Mondawmin community to the sculptures in Hanlon Park. There, the lighted sculptures will become the stage for performances by artists, musicians and spoken word poets hosted by Sunsets.
Exploration of Safety Workshops
March 4, March 11, March 18 11am-2pm
In this three-part workshop series, April Danielle Lewis will create space for participants to investigate what makes them feel safe. Participants will work with the artist to create dozens of sculptural umbrellas augmented with LED lights and electroluminescent wire to be used in a community processional on April 7th at 8pm.
About the artist: 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.
About LabBodies: 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.
HAMILTON-LAURAVILLE | FLORALUME | HARFORD RD. AGLOW (Resident Artist: Maura Dwyer of Spectrum Studio)
On View: April 1-April 8
Event: Saturday, April 1, 6pm-10pm
4500 Harford Rd
Reflecting themes of native plants and urban farming, the fluorescent UV-sensitive paint of the colorful FloraLume mural will transform at sundown when dancing UV lights create the illusion of movement and change capturing the growth and vibrancy of this diverse neighborhood. Family-friendly Hamilton-Lauraville will celebrate the unveiling of FloraLume with a community party featuring the funky DJ Landis Expandis, a performance from Baltimore Dance Crews Project, entertainment from Baltimore Hoop Love, and several children’s activities. Local businesses will delight with neighborhood favorite foods, illuminated accessories, and handmade crafts.
From March 27-April 7, you may also enjoy Harford Road Aglow in honor of Light City with special offers from local businesses who will be hosting artist pop-ups and lighting up their storefronts culminating in a special First Friday event on April 7th.
Blueprints and Bioluminescence Workshop
Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Road
Local UME Master Gardeners will help children create a glowing firefly craft from recycled materials while they teach how these bioluminescent insects use light to communicate. They’ll share simple tips to create a firefly habitat in your yard to help these vulnerable winged beetles. Maura Dwyer will also guide you in creating a unique cyanotype poster celebrating native plants and fireflies to commemorate the FloraLume mural.
About the artist: 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”!
HAMPDEN | THE CHANGING FACE OF HAMPDEN (Resident Artist: Isaac Ewart)
On View: March 31-April 8, 6-11pm
Closing Event: April 8, 6pm
The Ideal Art Space, 905 W 36th St
Roosevelt Park, 1221 W 36th St
This immersive installation and sculpture series at the Ideal Art Space and Roosevelt Park explores the ever evolving identity of Hampden by integrating multigenerational community self-portraits with LED and projection mapped masks. The installation will also feature soundscapes of the Avenue in Hampden created by Secret Fantasy Studios.
The Changing Face of Hampden Self-Portrait Workshop
Art With A Heart, 3355 Keswick Rd #104
Join local animator Isaac Ewart in a lesson on self-portraiture and learn different stop-motion animation techniques. Participants will be tasked with creating 3-5 unique self-portraits, which will be used as part of The Changing Face of Hampden project during Light City 2017.
About the artist: 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.
LITTLE ITALY | THE SWEETNESS OF DOING NOTHING
(Resident Artist: Laure Drogoul)
Presented by Kaiser Permanente
Performances: Friday March 31 at 8pm & Saturday April 1 8pm
On View: March 31-April 8
High St. between Eastern Ave. & Pratt St.
This illuminated canopy of lights and mobile sculptural fountain made from recycled water bottles & other repurposed materials will transform Little Italy’s High Street into an Italian Piazza and the staging place for processional performances and living sculpture. On March 31 & April 1, the Piazza will come to life with a series of on-going performances based in Roman Mythology, climate change, and the rising tides. The loose narrative of the performances will revolve around the tempestuous Roman God of the Sea (Neptune), his relationship with the other Olympian gods, and his displeasure at the current condition of the oceans and the bay.
Sunday, March 26 9:30am-12:00pm
Sons of Italy Lodge, 905 E Pratt St
Led by Laure Drogoul, this lantern-making workshop will teach participants how to repurpose plastic bottles and other recyclable materials into works of art that will be echoed in the illuminated canopy strung across High Street during Light City 2017.
About the artist: 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 Little Italy Madonnari Arts 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.
SANDTOWN-WINCHESTER | SPREAD LIGHT SANDTOWN
(Resident Artist: Malaika Aminata Clements )
Friday April 7, 7 – 11pm
William Pinderhughes Elementary School
Using multimedia storytelling paired with audience engagement, “Spread Light Sandtown” will bring together generations of community for a one-night event celebrating the rich history, culture, and legacy of Sandtown-Winchester. “Spread Light Sandtown” will combine visual projections and sound installations of community histories, while transforming Pinderhughes into a glow in the dark cultural celebration by holding space for roller skaters, dancers, arabbers, DJs and more.
Saturday, March 25, 3-6pm
Jubilee Arts, 1947 Pennsylvania Ave.
This community vision boarding workshop will utilize the power of visualization and collective dreaming to create a visual representation of what the Sandtown-Winchester community desires for their future. These thoughts, goals, and images will later be used as a part of the Spread Light Sandtown on April 7. This workshop will be open to community members of all ages, and leave attendees with an empowered sense of self, community, and the future.
About the artist: 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.
STATION NORTH | DUOX4ODELL’S: AN ORAL HISTORY
(Resident Artists: Wickerham & Lomax)
March 31-April 8, 12-11pm
1723 N Charles St
This ode to Odell’s will feature a light-based installation that through testimonies, digital projections, and free standing sculpture illuminates the rich and complex legacy of Odell’s–a club that foregrounded disco and house music in Baltimore between 1976-1992. “You’ll know if you belong.”
LUNCH POEMS: Breaking Up & Down
March 31-April 8, 12pm
1723 N Charles St
This series of lunchtime musings in honor of Odell’s will feature poetry readings by Janae Kelly, musical performances by Elon, and a workshop by Luce Delrie on the history of images, image literacy and visual intelligence with a focus toward paparazzi culture and romantic breakups. Together, the three of them will present a series of art works, videos and music clips exploring these topics in an informal TMZ-like presentation that encourages audience engagement and conversation.
About the artist: 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.
WAVERLY | PROTEAN (Resident Artist: Jose Andres Rosero-Curet)
On View: March 31-April 8
Events: April 6-8, 6-10pm
32nd & Brentwood
“Protean” is an evolving LED installation experience housed within a 20ft shipping container, designed to echo the winding crossroads and corridors that make up Waverly and connect its people together. The structure will feature an audio reactive light show driven by a sound scape created by Waverly musician Amy Reid. Patterns of light and color will change based on the soundtrack as well as direct interaction from viewers as they move throughout the structure.
LED “Throwie” Workshop
April 6 at 6-7pm
32nd & Brentwood
Neighborhood Lights Waverly attendees will be instructed in the creation of LED “Throwies.” Based on the original concept by the Graffiti Research Lab, this project will allow the community to collaboratively decorate the exterior of the “PROTEAN” structure. At the completion of each night these can be taken home as mementos from the shared experience.