The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) seeks proposals from artists who wish to participate in the second annual Light City Baltimore, a festival of light, music and innovation taking place Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017. Visual artists may apply to have an illuminated artwork featured in Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s community artist-in-residence program. Applications are also being accepted for [email protected]Light City’s daytime innovation conferences, for speakers, presentations and interactive audience experiences. Bands interested in performing at Light City can apply for Sound Off Live!, BOPA’s live audition taking place October 19-20 to secure a performance slot. To apply, visit The deadlines vary and are listed below.  


  • Sound Off Live!

Extended deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hard Rock Café Baltimore, 601 E. Pratt Street

October 19-20, 20165-10pm

Sound Off Live! is live audition where up-and-coming regional bands and musicians compete for a chance to perform at either Artscape, Light City or the Baltimore Book Festival in 2017. New this year, Sound Off Live! takes place during Free Fall Baltimore in October. Bands are selected to perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges and have fifteen minutes to perform three songs. Sound Off Live! is free and open to the public. Applications available at or


  • Neighborhood Lights Artist Request for Qualification

Extended deadline: Monday, September 12, 2016

Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community artist-in-residence program of Light City Baltimore that extends the magic of Light City Baltimore to eight neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City: Hamilton-Lauraville,Waverly, Sandtown-Winchester, Station NorthColdstream Homestead MontebelloLittle Italy,Hampden and Greater Mondawmin. Artists are selected to work directly with one of the 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, October 3, 2016

[email protected], Light City’s daytime innovation conferences bring together national and local thought leaders and engaged, inspired citizens from diverse backgrounds to explore cutting edge concepts for powering social change. By creating a weeklong community at the intersections of innovation, humanity, culture and techonology we shine a light on the brilliant ideas that will shape our collective future. [email protected] seeks speaking engagements, interactive experiences, key notes and panel discussions that are situated within the conference site.


Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. [email protected], Light City’s daytime innovation conferences bring together innovators and thought leaders across key industries to explore ways to power social change.

In its inaugural year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor over seven nights. The free festival that contributed $33.8 million to Baltimore’s economy amazed visitors with 28 large-scale light art installations, 50 concerts and 100 performances.

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 viaFacebook: Light City BaltimoreTwitter: @LightCityBmore and Instagram: @LightCityBmore by using the hashtag #LightCity.