Light City

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00pm

The third annual Light City is set to take place in Baltimore Saturday, April 14-Saturday, April 21, 2018. Neighborhood Lights 2018, Light City's public artist-in-residency program, kicks off the weekend of Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8, 2018 with many neighborhood projects potentially on extended view through Light City.

257 days until the event

New website coming soon! The third annual Light City is set to take place in Baltimore Saturday, April 14 through Saturday, April 21, 2018

Neighborhood Lights 2018, an immersive public artist-in-residency program that spreads the magic of Light City into neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City, begins Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2018 with many projects potentially on extended view through the festival.

Light City, attracting more than 470,000 to Baltimore during its second year, took place Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017. View the Light City 2017 Image Gallery here.

Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City is the largest festival of light, music and innovation in North America. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. 

Light City 2018 Call for Entry:

Artists and artist collaborative groups are encouraged to apply to have an installation featured in the 2018 BGE Light Art Walk. For 2018, 20-30 installations are being sought to receive funding between $5,000 and $75,000. Artists interested in submitting a proposal should consider both the audience and the outdoor environment of the festival when proposing a project. Each artwork on the BGE Light Art Walk should be open and operational for all festival hours for each of the eight nights Light City is open to the public.

Application deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017

Light City 2018 Call for Entry Application
Light City 2018 Call for Entry
Light City 2018 Budget Template
Light City 2018 Budget Guidelines

Neighborhood Lights 2018 Call for Artists: 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks qualified artists, artist teams, and/or arts organizations to submit qualifications for the public artist-in-residency program, Neighborhood Lights. Selected artists will work directly with one of 12 participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public project within the neighborhood of their residency. The twelve participating neighborhoods for 2018 are: Brooklyn/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Arts District, Federal Hill, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown/Washington Village, Remington and Waverly. Please see tab below for Neighborhood Lights 2018 profiles. 

Application deadline: Monday, August 21, 2017

Neighborhood Lights 2018 Call for Artists Application
Neighborhood Lights 2018 Call for Artists

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Performance artists interested in pop-up and/or location based performances at Light City should contact Randi Vega at rvega@promotionandarts.org

 

About

Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people from across the globe over seven nights.
 
Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art. Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.
 
Light City’s innovation programming generates an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day – while lights, performances and live music re-imagine Baltimore at night.  

BOPA thanks the Allens as the founding visionaries of Light City.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. strives to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity.  Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Light City 2017 Feedback Session 1 Notes - Top of the World Observation Level
Light City 2017 Feedback Session 2 Notes - Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Light City 2017 Feedback Session Facebook Live Video

Light City 2018 Call for Entry

Artists and artist collaborative groups are encouraged to apply to have an installation featured in the 2018 BGE Light Art Walk. For 2018, 20-30 installations are being sought to receive funding between $5,000 and $75,000. Artists interested in submitting a proposal should consider both the audience and the outdoor environment of the festival when proposing a project. Each artwork on the BGE Light Art Walk should be open and operational for all festival hours for each of the eight nights Light City is open to the public.

Application deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017

Light City 2018 Call for Entry Application
Light City 2018 Call for Entry
Light City 2018 Budget Template
Light City 2018 Budget Guidelines

Performance artists interested in pop-up and/or location based performances at Light City should contact Randi Vega at rvega@promotionandarts.org

Neighborhood Lights 2018 Call for Artists

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks qualified artists, artist teams, and/or arts organizations to submit qualifications for the public artist-in-residency program, Neighborhood Lights. Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community arts program that spreads the magic of Light City to neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Selected artists will work directly with one of 12 participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public project within the neighborhood of their residency. Neighborhood Lights 2018 kicks off the weekend of April 6-8, 2018 with many neighborhood projects potentially on extended view through Light City, which takes place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from April 14-21, 2018.

The twelve participating neighborhoods for 2018 are: Brooklyn/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Arts District, Federal Hill, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown/Washington Village, Remington and Waverly.

Projects will be fully funded up to $15,000. If selected, artists will be responsible for working with their neighborhood to: identify sites for a public outcome, canvas the community to identify goals, shape project scope and identify potential collaborators, conduct community art-making workshop(s) and work with the community and BOPA to develop a project budget. 

Though the artist(s) and community members will ultimately decide the public outcome and specific sites for each project through the residency itself, projects can include but are not limited to: large-scale projections, full-scale neighborhood installations, window based projections and installations, illuminated public sculptures or monuments, performances, special events, celebrations and/or new traditions that integrate light. Works can be performative and/or visual, temporary or semi-permanent, in sites ranging from front stoops to vacant lots. All projects funded through the neighborhood lights program must be accessible, free and open to the public.

Application deadline: Monday, August 21, 2017

Neighborhood Lights 2018 Call for Artists Application
Neighborhood Lights 2018 Call for Artists

Neighborhood Lights 2018 Profiles

Brooklyn/Curtis Bay:
The area we know now as Baltimore’s southern peninsula, Baybrook, was comprised of areas of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, and was active in farming and shipping from the 1660s onward. The area was settled largely by European immigrants and included Freetown, an early settlement of free blacks. Modern military land use and shipping picked up around 1850, when communities became more formalized. Brooklyn and Curtis Bay were annexed to the City of Baltimore in 1918. Manufacturing and industry took root, and the area’s shipyards built Liberty Ships that helped win World War II. Our growth is one that has seen living communities disappear like Fairfield, Wagner’s Point, and Mason’s Cove. We still connect America to the world through global trade, but are reconsidering future growth through a contemporary environmental consciousness. We’re exploring a community land trust, a solar power farm, and innovative recycling and composting initiatives. 

Belair-Edison:
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI) is a community-based nonprofit providing marketing and outreach, community organizing, homeownership counseling, and small business development services to support neighborhood revitalization. For 25 years, BENI's mission is to foster an environment where residents and business owners feel confident investing their time, energy, and money. Our vision is for a strong Belair-Edison with healthy residential and commercial real estate markets, a positive internal and external image, exemplary physical conditions, strong social fabric, and residents and business owners with the capacity to self-manage day-to-day concerns.

Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District:
Located in Downtown Baltimore, the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District was established in 2012 to realize the area’s potential as a thriving downtown arts neighborhood. The Bromo Tower A&E District, anchored to the south by the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, stretches north to include the historic Lexington Market and up to Antique Row, just blocks away from Mount Vernon.  The District is really three individual zones. The Lower Bromo is our Theater District, home to The Hippodrome, The Everyman and The Annex Theaters. The Middle Bromo is full of DYI spaces like Le Mondo and Current Space. The Upper Bromo is home to Arena Players, Eubie Blake Jazz Center, Muse 360 as well Antique Row and other craft arts.

Federal Hill/South Baltimore:
Federal Hill is one of Baltimore’s oldest neighborhoods, with a long history as a center of the city’s bustling maritime port, a hub of industrial growth, and a destination to hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Residents are attracted to the neighborhood’s historic homes, great public parks, and walkable business district with many bars, restaurants and shops. Federal Hill's more than 220 businesses, anchored by Cross Street Market, are close to some of Baltimore's greatest attractions including Federal Hill Park, Camden Yards, M & T Bank Stadium, the Inner Harbor, and the American Visionary Art Museum. The anticipated completion of the first phases of construction at Cross Street Market in spring 2018 provides a unique opportunity to leverage this site for Light City programming in 2018 in a way that celebrates its history and points towards its future.

Hamilton-Lauraville:
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”!

Highlandtown:
Highlandtown is home to the city's largest Arts and Entertainment District as well as international markets, incredible ethnic restaurants, and one amazing park. In 1866 the area known as "Snake Hill" was established as a village outside of the Baltimore city limits. The first settlers of the community were primarily German Americans. In 1870 residents renamed the neighborhood "Highland Town" because of the views it offered over the city. The neighborhood was made part of Baltimore City in 1919. Today, Highlandtown is a thriving and diverse community in Southeast Baltimore. It is the home to restaurants, bars, shops, churches, schools, non-profit organizations, and art galleries. It's diversity in businesses and residents make Highlandtown the unique treasure that its residents love.

Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore:
Our neighborhoods are some of the most historic in the city. Built to serve workers and supervisors in the B&O Mount Clare Shops, the area's architecture reflects the ethnic and economic diversity of its residents. Some of Baltimore’s most iconic history is based in the area including the B&O Railroad, the Edgar Allen Poe and HL Mencken Houses, the Carroll Mansion, the Carlton St Arabber Stables, and Hollins Market. The neighborhoods have undergone a number of demographic changes during the past forty years, and have suffered from disinvestment, population loss, and harmful urban planning decisions such as the Highway to Nowhere (Route 40) which separates the area from Harlem and neighborhoods to the north. Despite these challenges, the neighborhoods have a long a vibrant artistic tradition, a close-knit community, and strong and active leadership working to strengthen their communities.

Locust Point:
Locust Point is located at the tip of the South Baltimore peninsula. The neighborhood was established in 1706 as a port of entry at the mouth of the Inner Harbor. The first residences were built in the 1840 to accommodate workers at the local rail yards, shipping interests, the guano industry and copper smelter. In the later part of the 1800s an immigration station was established on the neighborhood's east end and over 100,000 European immigrants were processed. Many travelers chose to remain. Since then, this small enclave of rowhomes has transformed into a closed-knit urban community that is also embracing the residents of newly built apartments and condominiums.

Patterson Park:
Patterson Park is a historic southeast Baltimore neighborhood nestled between Canton, Butchers Hill, Highlandtown and McElderry Park. In the 19th century, streets and homes were laid out surrounding our 155-acre park, and soon attracted a melting pot of residents. The community continued to thrive until the late 20th century when many of Baltimore's neighborhoods struggled with disinvestment and population decline. Today, the neighborhood itself is an eclectic mix of people of all ages and backgrounds who share a belief in contributing to the overall betterment of the place we call home. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of residents who saw the potential in Patterson Park as a thriving and diverse neighborhood, as well as a connective community between East and Southeast Baltimore.

Pigtown/Washington Village:
Pigtown is a historic neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our neighborhood was settled in the early 1840s by railroad workers (primarily German) who built the B&O railroad. We owe our history and our unique name to the pigs that were herded off the railroad cars at the B&O through the streets of our neighborhood in the 19th century.  Our neighborhood continues to grow. Last year, we opened five new businesses, including Culinary Architecture Market + Kitchen, a gourmet market and caterer. In addition, six other businesses have opened or signed leases to open in 2017, including Pigtown’s first microbrewery, Suspended Brewing Co. We will install the Pigtown Weather Sculpture, supported in part by a PNC Transformative Art Prize, later this summer. 

Remington:
Remington was originally built as a mixed-use community oriented around manufacturing businesses active along the Jones Falls Valley, where workers lived in modest homes built around the turn of the century within walking distance to their employment. Remington’s identity lies within its social character. Families have lived in the community for generations. Many neighbors, new and old, have a strong sense of attachment to the neighborhood. The neighborhood’s identity has evolved into an economically and ethnically diverse community, yet the tradition of friendliness and mutual concern among residents remains strong. Today, Remington is seeing a rise in reinvestment and is now considered an “up and coming” neighborhood in the city. A new generation of citizens has taken interest in living in and improving the neighborhood. Remington has experienced significant growth in population and is now on the verge of regaining the vitality it once had.

Waverly:
Waverly Main Street is the historic commercial corridor on Greenmount Avenue from East 29th Street to East 35th Street. It is surrounded by four diverse and engaged neighborhoods – Abell, Better Waverly, Oakenshawe and Waverly. These communities have active associations that regularly partner with Waverly Main Street. When Memorial Stadium closed in the late 1990s, the area experienced major disinvestment and the business district suffered. Through dedicated residents, business owners, neighboring institutions and local nonprofits, like Waverly Main Street, the area is beginning to be revitalized. In 2013, Waverly Main Street was designated on the National Register of Historic Places and has over 100 businesses within its boundaries, including the newly renovated Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Within the upcoming year, Waverly Main Street will be working on extensive landscaping and beautification efforts as well as major façade improvements and development projects. 

Economic Impact Report

View the Light City 2017 impact report here.

View the Light City 2016 impact report here.

Light City 2017 Map

Download the BGE Light Art Walk 2017 Map here.

Download the BGE Light Art Walk 2017 stop descriptions here.

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