NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHTS

Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community arts program of Light City Baltimore that spreads the magic of Light City Baltimore to neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Selected artists will work directly with one of the participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public project within the neighborhood of their residency during the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival.

 

Projects in 2016 were designed and developed collaboratively over the course of three months by the artists and community groups including the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council, Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corporation, Little Italy Community Organization, Hampden Community Council and Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Neighborhood Lights is made possible by the generous support of BGE, Kaiser Permanente, and the Goldseker Foundation.

 

Some of the 2016 projects were event-based, while some are art installations were on view the week of the festival. In addition to the main projects, Neighborhood Lights includes a workshop component that invites members of the community to participate. The projects are ever-evolving and subject to change.

 

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

 

Openings:

 

“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