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Light City Baltimore Now Accepting Proposals for 2017 Festival

Festival organizer seeks proposals for illuminated artworks, innovation conference and Neighborhood Lights program

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks proposals from artists, artist collaborators, speakers and community organizations for Light City 2017. The second annual Light City Baltimore is set to take place Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017. The festival is open from 7pm-11pm on weeknights and from 7pm until midnight on the weekends.

The following calls for entry are open and posted on

BGE Light Art Walk Call for Entry
Artists and artist collaborative groups are encouraged to apply to have an installation featured in the 2017 BGE Light Art Walk. Central to Light City along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the BGE Light Art Walk features more than 50 attractions including but not limited to illuminated visual artworks such as large-scale installations, projections, interactive technologies, performances and more. For 2017, 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 nine nights Light City is open to the public.

Application deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016

Light City Innovation Conference Call for Ideas
Complementing the Light City festival at night, the Light City innovation conference takes place during the day. The five-day conference dedicated to powering social change brings together thought leaders and innovators from key industries to explore one question: How do we become a more responsible and equitable society? The innovation conference seeks speaking engagements, interactive experiences, key notes and panel discussions that are situated within the innovation conference site.

Application deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016

Neighborhood Lights Community Expression of Interest
Calling all community-based organizations representing Baltimore City neighborhoods! The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeking neighborhood partners interested in working with an artist or artist team to create an illuminated public art project within their neighborhood during Light City. In 2017, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts will select a total of seven community partners to expand the reach of the Neighborhood Lights program and encourage wider participation.

Application deadline: Monday, June 20, 2016

Neighborhood Lights Artist Request for Qualifications
Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community arts program of Light City Baltimore that extends the magic of Light City Baltimore to neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Artists are selected to work directly with one of seven participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public art project within the neighborhood of their residency during Light City. Projects can include but are not limited to: large scale projections, shop window based projections and installations, illuminated public sculptures or monuments, performances, celebrations and new traditions that integrate light, creative uses for everyday lights such as string lights, and/or full scale neighborhood installations. All projects funded through the neighborhood lights program must be free to the public. Projects will be fully funded up to $15,000.

Application deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016

Have questions about applying for Light City? The following information sessions are scheduled to give interested artists and community members a better understanding on how to submit a proposal for Light City Baltimore. More information sessions to be announced soon, check for more information.

General Light City Information Session: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 6 to 7pm at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
Neighborhood Lights Information Session: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6 to 7pm at Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21201
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. During the day, Light City’s innovation conferences bring together innovators and thought leaders across key industries to explore ways to power social change.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on Light City Baltimore, call 410-752-8632 or visit Stay connected via Facebook: Light City Baltimore, Twitter: @LightCityBmore and Instagram: @LightCityBmore by using the hashtag #LightCity.


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