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.

Explore the projects for each 2016 neighborhood below.

Coldstream Homestead Montebello: Back in Our Minds

Artists: Isaac Ewart and Jose Rosero 


2701 St Lo Drive


Hosted by Eze Jackson, this one night multimedia event will light up the Clifton Park bandshell with live music, large-scale animations, and poetry. Animations inspired by community storytelling workshops and created by resident artist Isaac Ewart will be projection mapped across the Clifton Park bandshell, setting the stage for live performances by Joy Postell, Blaqstarr, the Speak Life Tour, and St. Veronica’s Steel Youth Orchestra.

Photo: Reuben Greene


Hampden: #HampdenLights

Arist: Diana Reichenbach 


36th Street in Hampden


During the week of Light City Baltimore, #HampdenLights will transform 36th Street, otherwise known as “The Avenue,” into a living, breathing, immersive light installation.  Animations created by the resident artist Diana Reichenbach and members of the community will be projected onto storefronts, leading visitors to the main centerpiece: a 16-foot in diameter geodesic dome that allows viewers to physically immerse themselves in a 180-degree artwork.

Photo: Reuben Greene

Greater Mondawmin: OPEN BEATS

Presented by BGE


Artist: Llamadon Collective


2401 Liberty Heights Avenue


Artists Felipe Goncalves and Jose Rosero will create an interactive projection mapping and audio control hybrid installation in the heart of Mondawmin Mall. OPEN BEATS will encourage children, families, and visitors of all ages to play with artist-made controllers to make music. Participants will see their improvised songs visualized through audio-responsive visual projections designed by Jose Rosero. Later in the day OPEN BEATS will also feature live performances from members of Llamadon, Kariz Marcel, and children from the youth enrichment workshop.

Photo: Glenford Nuñez

Little Italy: il Tartufo Lucente

Presented by Kaiser Permanente


Artist: Joe Reinsel 


227 South Exeter Street


Inspired by the stories, people, and places of Baltimore’s very own Little Italy, resident artist Joe Reinsel will illuminate the façade of St. Leo the Great Church at the intersection of Exeter and Stiles streets. Utilizing modern projection mapping software, Reinsel’s work will incorporate photos, drawings, and imagery collected through community workshops leading up to the festival.

Photo: Glenford Nuñez

Station North: The Dark Lab

Artist: LabBodies, comprised of artists Ada Pinkston and Hoesy Corona




“Dark City” by LabBodies
Penn Station Plaza

“Uncool” by Wickerham & Lomax
Terrault Contemporary
1515 Guilford Ave


LabBodies presents “The Dark Lab,” a bilateral contemporary art exhibition showcasing the work of artist duos: Ada Pinkston & Hoesy Corona (“Dark City,” a public installation at Penn Station Plaza) and Wickerham & Lomax (“Uncool” at Terrault Contemporary). The duos’ work seeks to find out what gives Station North residents, commuters and ambulatory passersby light. Their inquiry comes two hundred years since the Baltimore streets were the first in the country to be illuminated by the gas lamppost and just one year since the national media spotlight left the very same streets effervescent following the tragic death of Freddie Gray. For more info on LabBodies’ project, click here.

Photo: Carly J Bales