Ends on July 31, 2017


In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the urban landscape and forever transforming the city with light. It’s with this spirit of invention and transformation that 200 years later Light City was launched in 2016. Light City is a free, family-friendly event that is open to all members of the public and welcomed nearly 470,000 attendees from throughout Baltimore and the region in its second year. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) invites artists and artist collaborative groups to apply to have an art installation commissioned and featured in the 2018 BGE Light Art Walk. BOPA is seeking approximately 20–30 art installations for the 2018 festival. Light City is a free, family friendly festival that seeks to reflect Baltimore’s diverse audience. 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 eight nights Light City is open to the public (April 14-21, 2018).

For a full prospectus that also includes the below information along with a detailed timeline, an explanation of the jury process, details regarding the festival location, the festival goals, and details on upcoming Info Sessions and Tours please click here: Call for Entry.

General Info

  • Light City will take place from April 14-21, 2018. Operating hours of the festival are 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Sunday; Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am. Please note that sunset during this time of year usually occurs around 7:30 pm, and fully dark around 8:30 pm.
  • Light City takes place at the Baltimore Inner Harbor from Harbor East to Harbor Point. The festival footprint is south of Pratt Street, from the south shore to Harbor East. The BGE Light Art Walk follows the brick-lined promenade, which is where the installations will be sited. Please refer to the attached 2017 Light City program for festival footprint information, and use this as a guide for 2018.
  • Light draws audiences of all ages and abilities. Young children, and patrons with mobility and/or accessibility needs, should be considered when drafting a proposal. Please also consider if any accommodations will need to be made to ensure that the proposal, if realized, is fully ADA compliant.
  • Light City has created an online forum for visual artists, musicians, dancers, other performers, designers, engineers, vendors, architects, scientists, gamers, community organizers, etc.to connect and share knowledge and resources as they prepare for the festival: www.facebook.com/groups/lightcitybaltimore.
  • BOPA relies on the corporate and foundational giving community for the entire Light City festival budget, including the funds allocated for artist’s contracts. As such, it is very likely that many, if not all, installations will have a “presenting sponsor” that will be listed on the festival signage when the art work is installed. Every effort will be made to communicate this process to the artist.
  • On occasion, partners in Baltimore wishing to commission and host a light based artwork or performance in their neighborhoods or at their business, attraction or facility during Light City Baltimore Festival have contacted BOPA for suggestions and recommendations. The artist may consent to their information being shared, on a case by case basis as the request arises. Artists may opt out of this sharing and can designate this choice in the online application here.

  • Any artist who submits a proposal will maintain their copyright and ownership of their work. For proposals that are contracted to participate in Light City 2018, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the Baltimore Festival of the Arts Inc. (BFAI)  reserves the right to reproduce images of selected artists’ work for printed or internet publicity, catalog, map or marketing purposes.
Application Materials

1. Applicants should include images (JPEG format) or video (in .mov or .mp4 format) of previous artworks. Prior to uploading your images for submission, please ensure that works are labeled by last name, then first name followed by the number the image is on your image list (for example: smithjohn01.jpg, smithjohn02.jpg, etc.). Images should not exceed approximately 3MB. Video documentation should not exceed 10 minutes.

2. Artwork list that corresponds with included images, this list should contain appropriate details such as title, date, medium, and dimensions/duration (.pdf format), and where else this work may have been exhibited previously.

3. Light City proposals (.pdf format) must include a rendering or documentation of the installation (if previously exhibited) and written description of proposed piece and if a location is preferred for the project. Please keep in mind that no location can be guaranteed, and applicants are encouraged to be flexible when proposing a location.

4. Applications that include a performance element should include all applicable details of performance. This information should include performance type, approximate length of performance, the number of occurrences of performance, plans for the employment of light in the performance, any staging or props that will be included in your performance, and how this works in conjunction with an installation located on the BGE Light Art Walk. Please note that if a performance element is proposed and budgeted for, the expectation is that the performance will be live during the majority of festival hours alongside the installation.

5. All inclusive project budget, submitted using the Budget Template document supplied by BOPA (.pdf format).

6. Artist/artist collaborative resume (no larger than 3 pages and in .pdf format).

7. The names and contact details for three professional references.



Thank you for your interest in Light City-our reputation for producing cutting-edge artworks is only possible through the efforts of the artists interested in participating to make this great event happen! BOPA staff is always on hand to answer questions

 For more information regarding the BGE Light Art Walk Call for Entry applications for Light City, please contact Ashley Molese at 410-752-8632 or amolese@promotionandarts.org

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