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Brilliant Baltimore - Community Showcase

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Brilliant Baltimore - Community Showcase

Supporting Sponsors: T. Rowe Price Foundation & Transamerica

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the winner of Light City’s new Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase Contest. The winning community organization is The MIX Church of Washington Hill. The MIX Church received the most votes for their community light display from an online voting system and will receive $2,018 to contribute towards an event or project for their neighborhood. Nine participating community groups will receive the honorable mention prize of $1,000.

The honorable mentions are Concerned Citizens for Better Brooklyn, Gilman School, Govans Gateway, Hampden Community Council, Historic Fell’s Point, Oliver Community Association, Passion City Inc. of Park Heights, The Pratt Fairy Tale Extravaganza of Mount Vernon and Whitelock Community Farm of Reservoir Hill. 

THE MIX Church featured an illuminated art piece on the outside of the building as well as an interior colored lighting display in the lobby which shone through the glass entranceway and stained glass windows. Also, the church hosted a Light City concert night with glow bracelets and a special light installation on the concert stage.

The Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase contest was designed to highlight neighborhoods or community groups who wish to show their pride by lighting up in coordination with Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation. Participating communities competed by either hosting an illuminated event or display in their neighborhood between April 6-20, then submitting photos of their entry to be displayed on Light City’s website. Viewers then voted for their favorite neighborhood online from April 23-April 30, 2018. 


2018 Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase Participants

Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn

226 Washburn Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225
Brooklyn is the gateway into Baltimore City from Anne Arundel County. The community will light up the intersection between Hanover Street and Potee Street.

Gilman School

5407 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210
The Gilman campus lights up blue for Brilliant Baltimore and can be seen on Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway.

Govans Gateway

5104 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
This project is a partnership between the York Road Partnership, Govanstowne Business Association, and supported by Loyola University's York Road Initiative. To highlight the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue, the Govans community will light the windowed atrium of the Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square, put solar lights on the "Govans Ironbird" sculpture at the northeast corner the intersection, and the Oriole and Raven "Bmore Birds" murals located on the side of Zen West Cantina at the northwest corner of the intersection.  

Hampden Community Council

3447 Hickory Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
Hampden is hosting a lighted shrine competition for the neighborhood, with a block party sponsored by the Hampden Community Council as the first place prize. The lighting treatment may take many different forms depending on what direction the different shrine teams take.  There will also be a competition for lighted trophies created by local artists.

Historic Fell's Point

1632 Aliceanna St. Baltimore, MD 21231
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 5-9pm
Celebrate Light City like a local at the Fell’s Point Light Festival. Fell’s Point is working with local artists to feature interactive light installations on Broadway Square, music, children’s activities and fun for the whole family.

Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation

1515-1557 N. McKean Avenue Baltimore, MD 21217
Saturday, April 14, 2018 (between Baker & Presstman Avenues)
The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association celebrates Light City with an event honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and black history. Residents will be asked to bring flashlights and wear blue and white to the event, which features a marching band, opening prayer, cheerleaders, refreshments, spoken word/rap, games, speakers, a children’s book giveaway, vendors and more. 

THE MIX Church (Washington Hill)

1725 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 
Colored lighting display

Oliver Community Association

1400 E. Federal Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Colored lighting display

Passion City Inc. (Park Heights)

2711 Woodland Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21215
The Park Heights community lights up with glow stick-inspired creations such as accessories, apparel and poster projects, dancing and marching. Billboards of passion will be used to spread the love of the many messages of not just life, but the life of Baltimoreans.

The Pratt Fairy Tale Extravaganza (Mount Vernon)

201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10am-3pm
The Pratt's 16th Annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza lights up the Maryland Historical Society with crafts, magic, face painting and fairytale fun for the whole family. In honor of Light City, this year attendees will wander through an enchanted forest lit with atmospheric uplighting to find the light-covered royal throne and fairy light curtain. A storyteller will be present, telling tales about the sun, moon, and stars, and the light inside of all of us.

The Shekhinah in Carrollton Ridge

Locations: Lot #1: 410-422 South Pulaski Street
Lot #2: 413-425 South Pulaski Street
Lot #3: 424 South Pulaski Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
The Shekhinah in Carrollton Ridge intends to build PVC lamp posts with a cement base powered by solar light to outline the two series of adopted lots and illuminate the Samuel F. B. Morse School Building.

Zion Baptist Church (Oliver)

1700 N. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Colored lighting display

Whitelock Community Farm (Reservoir Hill)

930 Whitelock Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

Whitelock Community Farm is a vibrant open space that grows food and activates community to promote social equity in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. The farm consists of two hoop houses, three sheds, a green house, numerous rows of growing space, and a small community park.