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Light City Baltimore Ideas Session- Art
Location: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Falvey Hall
Date: April 11, 2015
Organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)

Presentation and Moderation
Bill Gilmore, Executive Director, BOPA
Randi Vega, Director of Cultural Affairs, BOPA
Kathy Hornig, Festivals Director, BOPA
Brooke Hall, What Weekly Studios
Jamie McDonald, Co-Chair, Light City Baltimore Steering Committee

Jamie McDonald opened the info session with a presentation about Light City Baltimore, its vision, potential areas of impact, and long-term goals. Baltimore has a rich history of innovation tied to light: In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, thus transforming the city with light and revolutionizing the urban landscape forever. It’s with this spirit of innovation and transformation that 200 years later, Light City will paint Baltimore with light and bring together the brightest thinkers.
Throughout the course of the discussion, several comments were made that are not included as questions below. We received excellent feedback from different members of the community, mostly relating to topics of inclusivity and diversity. History organizations, such as the Peale Museum and the Jewish Museum, expressed a particular interest in including Baltimore’s local history as a key focal point within the festival. Other comments focused around diversity, and expressed concern about the segregation of people of color from participation in the arts. There were excellent points raised about where the physical location of events before and during the festival could occur to be more inclusive of different neighborhoods within the city, as well as different homegrown creative expressions that take shape and are visible in different neighborhoods.

Click through to read full notes from this Light City Baltimore Idea Session.

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This Past Friday, June 12th, Artscape Gallery Network member Randall Scott Projects in West Baltimore hosted an opening reception for the exhibition titled “Palm Palm,” featuring the works of Charlie Roberts, Kyle Bauer and Karen Yasinsky. Arriving at the reception, I was quick to take photos while the gallery was still quiet, but it soon filled up, attracting a lively, bustling crowd. As the sun set, this indoor-outdoor exhibition was complimented by perfect summer weather, making for a truly lovely evening of beautiful artwork and engaging discussion. Although Charlie Roberts was not in town for the reception, I did have a chance to speak with both Baltimore-based artists Kyle Bauer and Karen Yasinsky about their works in this exhibition, and their lives as artists working in the Baltimore area. Click through for more photos and to read about my interviews with Kyle and Karen.

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This past Tuesday, June 9th, BOPA held a Press Conference at the University of Baltimore John & Frances Angelos Law Center to announce performance and exhibition highlights for the 34th annual Artscape, which will be taking place on July 17th-19th this year. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and BOPA Communications Staff introduced this year’s theme, “Dive In!” and talked about some very exciting performers that will be headlining at Artscape, among other things. Although I was not able to attend myself, I talked to Megan Bosse, Communications Associate here at the BOPA office, to get more details about the conference. Click through for more photos and information about what was covered during the Press Conference!

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is looking for an artist to create a public artwork at the South Recycling and Disposal Station Rebuild Project site, located in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle. Deadline is July 9th, 2015. Click through for full information.

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This past Friday, June 5th, as part of the Artscape Gallery Network, The Top of the World Observation Level at the World Trade Center Baltimore hosted a free opening reception for the new exhibition, “Shared Visions: Artists from the World Art Center,” co-curated by father-son duo Allyn Harris and Ed Harris. It was a beautiful afternoon in downtown Baltimore, so I decided to make the 10 minute trek from the BOPA office on East Baltimore street over to the World Trade Center after we closed up for the day. Click through to see more photos of the exhibition and read my brief interview with Ed Harris, co-curator and artist featured in this exhibition.
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The City of Norfolk Bureau of Cultural Affairs is accepting proposals for our new Offsite Gallery (formerly the Selden Gallery) located in the World Trade Center at 101 W. Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510. Installations, new media and experimental works are encouraged.

No entry fee. Submit:
1)Artist statement and resume.
2)Brief explanation regarding the subject and intent of your exhibition. (Include month preferred in 2016)
3)Up to 10 digital images of artwork accurately representing what will be included in the proposed exhibition.
4)A detailed image list with artwork medium, dimensions, title & year completed.
Note: Artists are also expected to present a creative demonstration or program/artist talk in addition to the exhibition.

Submit online to or submission must be received by 5pm, JUNE 29, 2015 at: Cultural Affairs, 5th Floor, Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 / 757.664-6854