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Call for GIANT Illuminated Parade Sculptures

Call for GIANT Illuminated Parade Sculptures & Floats
We are looking for dynamic ELECTRIC floats made by Baltimore artists who can make magic out of limited resources! Background in public art projects, puppetry, sculpture, performance, and other public performance is helpful. We are asking artists to create NEW, BIG, BRIGHT, FUN, MOBILE objects over 10’ feet tall that can be carried about a mile in the park on a potentially cold, rainy, and windy evening.
This is about COMMUNITY. If your float is part of a community effort that would be great!
Creative Alliance awards top ten proposals $250 to support materials, transportation, and artist fees. The top two proposals awarded are $400 each, plus a Neighborhood Halloween Parade Studio at Patterson Park’s Pool House or Crown Industrial Park in Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District.

Select artists may be invited to teach public lantern making workshops prior to the Parade for an additional salary and under the supervision of Creative Alliance’s Education department.


May 27: Submit any questions to Maria Aldana, Creative Alliance’s Halloween Lantern Parade Director: [email protected]
August 15: Submission Deadline at 4:00pm. Late entries will not be accepted.
August 27: Awards are announced via email. Confirmation is required.
September 3, 6-8pm: Mandatory parade artists meeting at Creative Alliance. Artists request batteries and ask questions about agreement.
October 23: Artists bring sculptures to Patterson Park Pool House by 6:00pm. No exceptions.
October 24: Artists set up at 2pm. The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Glowball.
October 25: Rain date (decided Friday, Oct 23 by 1pm).
November 4: Halloween artists- wrap up meeting

Application Requirements
Interested artists should submit:

  1. Application sheet completed as the first page of application.
  2. Illuminated Sculpture Design (PDF or Microsoft Word): Provide a full-color design to scale of float proposal with dimensions.
  3. Letter of interest (PDF or Microsoft Word): A one-page document describing the content of your design. If appropriate, describe collaborations with other artists or community groups involved and their role(s). (500 word max).
  4. Images or a video of past work (jpg or mov file): 3-5 images of previous art work on a CD. Jpg format, at least 300 dpi (3MB max). Video of public art pieces are also accepted on a DVD (5 min max).

Please email, mail, or hand-deliver submissions to:
Maria Aldana, Halloween Lantern Parade Director
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
[email protected]
(410) 276-1651


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