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Neighborhood Lights 2018

Artist Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

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 will kick off the weekend of April 6-8, 2018 with projects potentially on extended view through Light City, which takes place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from April 14-21, 2018.

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.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, August 21, 2017

Project Budget

Approximately $15,000 total, inclusive of artist fees, materials costs, and administrative costs.


• July 13, 2017: Participating Neighborhoods Announced and Neighborhood Profiles available

• August 21, 2017: Artist Application Deadline

• Early October: Artist Notifications

• October-December, 2017: Artist pre-meetings with communities, site selection and proposal development

• January–April 2018: Artist Residency & Project


• April 6–8, 2018: Neighborhood Lights Kick-off Weekend

• April 14-21, 2018: Light City


Lead Artist(s) must be 18 years or older, with a demonstrated and strong commitment to Baltimore City. Housing is not provided as part of this residency. Employees of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are not eligible to apply.


Qualifications should be submitted online at: https://tinyurl.com/y9foghrj

Application Deadline: August 21, 2017

Expectations Of The Artist

If selected, artists will be responsible for working with their neighborhood to:

• Identify sites for a public outcome.

• Canvas community to identify goals, shape project scope, identify potential collaborators.

• Conduct community art-making workshop(s) which are used either to create the artworks themselves or to teach technical skills that correspond with the creation of the artwork being developed.

• Work with the community and BOPA to develop a project budget ($15,000).

• Create a public illuminated art project that happens on the weekend of April 6–8, 2018.

• Neighborhood Lights projects may remain open and on view during Light City 2018 (April 14–21, 2018).

Selection Criteria

• Artistic merit: Applicants should demonstrate a strong portfolio of past work samples, exhibiting high aesthetic quality and thoughtful concept.

• Community engagement: Applicants should have experience with and interest in working with communities in their practice.

• Strong verbal, written and graphic communication skills: Applicants should exhibit good people and communication skills and be able to effectively collaborate with multiple project stakeholders as they develop, present, and receive feedback on their projects.

• Previous experience: Applicants should have experience creating visual or performing artworks in the public sphere and should exhibit a clear understanding of designing and fabricating projects for the outdoors.

Neighborhood Profiles

The participating neighborhoods for Neighborhood

Lights 2018 are:

1. Baybrook (Brooklyn and Curtis Bay)

2. Belair-Edison

3. Bromo Arts District

4. Federal Hill

5. Hamilton-Lauraville

6. Highlandtown

7. Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore

8. Locust Point

9. Patterson Park

10. Pigtown/Washington Village

11. Remington

12. Waverly

13. Darley Park 

14. Little Italy

To learn more about each participating neighborhood, visit www.lightcity.org to view the neighborhood profiles.

About Light City

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. Nearly 80% of festival-goers cited viewing art work as their main reason for visiting Light City.

About the Baltimore Office Of Promotion & The Arts

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 that produces events and arts programs as well as manages several facilities. It is the official arts council for the City of Baltimore. BOPA coordinates Baltimore’s major events including New Year’s Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Please visit our website for more information: www.promotionandarts.org.


For questions about this Call for Neighborhood Partners or the Neighborhood Lights program, contact: Kathy Hornig | 410.752.8632 | khornig@promotionandarts.org

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