The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces that Light City, the nation’s first large-scale festival of light, music and innovation, is opening registration for the 2017 conferences. Labs@LightCity which brings together innovators, thought leaders and engaged, inspired citizens from diverse backgrounds to explore cutting edge concepts for sparking social change in six industries: Health, Design, Social, Green, Education and Food.  Conference speakers include New York Times best-selling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi, Founder of Food Tank Danielle Neirenberg, Pulitzer Prize winning scientist Siddhartha Mukherjee, author and columnist D. Watkins, International Chef, Author and Restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Co-founder of O’Reilly Media & CEO of Maker Media Dale Dougherty, CEO and Strategist Nilofer Merchant, Award-winning Educator and spoken word poet Donovan Livingston and New York Times best-selling author Alec Ross.

Light City, attracting more than 400,000 to Baltimore during its inaugural year, returns even bigger and bolder in 2017 and takes place Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017.  The festival is open from 7-11pm on weeknights and until midnight on the weekends at the Inner Harbor. The festival’s daytime innovation conferences Labs@LightCity take place over six days Monday, April 3 through Saturday, April 8 at the IMET Columbus Center at 701 E. Pratt Street.

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Request for Qualifications: Deadline Extended to September 12

a community arts program of Light City Baltimore


Calling Baltimore artists, artist teams, and arts organizations
NEW DEADLINE: September 12, 2016

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) seeks qualified artists, artist teams, and/or arts organizations to submit qualifications for its new public artist in residency program, Neighborhood Lights. Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community arts program of Light City Baltimore that branches out beyond Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. Selected artists will work directly with one of eight participating neighborhoods to create an illuminated public project within the neighborhood of their residency during the Light City Baltimore festival March 31-April 8, 2017.

Participating neighborhoods and neighborhood profiles will be released on June 28, 2016.

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"Brandenburger Tor" Copyright Enrico Verworner

“Brandenburger Tor” Copyright Enrico Verworner

Call for Proposals

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and Berlin Leuchtet e.V. are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for Baltimore city artists to prepare a project proposal to be produced for and exhibited during the Berlin Light Weeks®, occuring September 30-October 16, 2016. A joint effort between BOPA, the producers of Light City, the Berlin Light Weeks® and the Goethe-Institut, the selected proposal will be produced in collaboration with these institutions, offering a platform for cross-cultural dialogue between artists in Baltimore and Berlin, and an opportunity to exhibit work in one of Europe’s most illustrious light festivals.

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We want to hear from you! The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites the community to share their experiences with the inaugural Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation which attracted an estimated 400,000 attendees in 2016. The Light City Baltimore Feedback Sessions, taking place on Wednesday, May 4, are open to the public to share successes, challenges and lessons learned to help improve and grow the festival in 2017 and beyond.
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Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Based in Connecticut, Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed collective known for its diverse collaborations that ignore preconceived barriers between creative disciplines. The company is always creating things and explores ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium.

Volunteers will operate umbrellas with LED lights under the direction of the Pilobolus team. The performance will be filmed and projected on a screen in real time as the participants create patterns and change the colors of their umbrellas.

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