Light City

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00pm
April 14 - April 21, 2018

295 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

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 Neighborhood Partners:

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks neighborhood partners for Neighborhood Lights, an immersive public artist-in-residency program that spreads the magic of Light City Baltimore into neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Selected neighborhoods will work directly with an artist-in-residence to create an illuminated public project within their neighborhood as part of the 2018 Light City festival Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. Projects may be on view for longer. All projects will be fully funded by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts up to $15,000. 

Application deadline: Sunday, July 2, 2017, 11:59 PM

Light City 2018 Neighborhood Community Expression of Interest Application
Light City 2018 Neighborhood Community Expression of Interest

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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 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

Call for Neighborhood Partners

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks neighborhood partners for Neighborhood Lights, an immersive public artist-in-residency program that spreads the magic of Light City Baltimore into neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Selected neighborhoods will work directly with an artist-in-residence to create an illuminated public project within their neighborhood as part of the 2018 Light City festival Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. Projects may be on view for longer. All projects will be fully funded by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts up to $15,000. 

Application deadline: Sunday, July 2, 2017, 11:59 PM

Light City 2018 Neighborhood Community Expression of Interest Application
Light City 2018 Neighborhood Community Expression of Interest

Sign up for our email list to receive Light City updates by clicking here.

Economic Impact Report

View the Light City 2017 impact report here.

View the Light City 2016 impact report here.

Light City Information Sessions

Have questions about applying for Light City? The following information sessions are scheduled to give interested artists and community members a better understanding of how to submit a proposal for Light City. Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

Friday, June 9, 2017, 10-11:30am
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 5:30-7pm
Morgan State University Student Center
1700 East Cold Spring Lane, 2nd Floor, Rm 212A
Baltimore, MD 21251 

Monday, June 19, 2017, 6-7:30pm
Touchpoint at Mondawmin Mall
2000 Gwynns Falls Parkway
Baltimore, MD, 21215

Light City Social Meetup and Walking Tour
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5-8pm
James Joyce Irish Pub
616 S. President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Happy Hour: 5-6:30pm
Walking Tour: 6:30-8pm

To reserve two free drink tickets for the happy hour portion, please RSVP to amolese@promotionandarts.org.

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 2017 Map

Download the BGE Light Art Walk 2017 Map here.

Download the BGE Light Art Walk 2017 stop descriptions here.

Fireworks Request For Proposal

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) seeks a company to produce a fireworks show for the Baltimore’s Light City, 4th of July Celebration and New Year’s Eve Spectacular. The contracted company will be responsible for designing, planning, choreographing to a soundtrack and executing the firework show for the 2018 Light City Finale in April, Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration on July 4, and/or New Year’s Eve Spectacular on December 31.

Request for Proposals Due: Friday, June 23, 2017

Click here for more information.

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