The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks qualified artists, artist teams, and/or arts organizations to submit qualifications for the public artist-in-residency program, Neighborhood Lights. Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community arts program that spreads the magic of Light City to neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Selected artists will work directly with one of 12 participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public project within the neighborhood of their residency. Neighborhood Lights 2018 kicks off the weekend of April 6-8, 2018 with many neighborhood projects potentially on extended view through Light City, which takes place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from April 14-21, 2018.
The twelve participating neighborhoods for 2018 are: Baybrook/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Federal Hill, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown/Washington Village, Remington and Waverly. For more information on the neighborhoods, view the neighborhood profiles on www.lightcity.org.
Projects will be fully funded up to $15,000. If selected, artists will be responsible for working with their neighborhood to: identify sites for a public outcome, canvas the community to identify goals, shape project scope and identify potential collaborators, conduct community art-making workshop(s) and work with the community and BOPA to develop a project budget. Applications can be found on www.lightcity.org. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 21, 2017.
Though the artist(s) and community members will ultimately decide the public outcome and specific sites for each project through the residency itself, projects can include but are not limited to: large-scale projections, full-scale neighborhood installations, window based projections and installations, illuminated public sculptures or monuments, performances, special events, celebrations and/or new traditions that integrate light. Works can be performative and/or visual, temporary or semi-permanent, in sites ranging from front stoops to vacant lots. All projects funded through the neighborhood lights program must be accessible, free and open to the public.
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 waterfront, 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. For more information on Neighborhood Lights or Light City, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.lightcity.org.
Light City is produced by the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. (BFAI) on behalf of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s official arts council, events agency and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.