Ends on April 1, 2018


Landmarks, attractions, restaurants, parking garages, hotels, apartment complexes, corporate headquarters – the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) invites buildings across Baltimore to show their civic pride and illuminate during Light City. Displays are on view from April 6-21, 2018 and registration forms are due to BOPA by March 5, 2018.


  • Free program registration
  • Promotion as a featured attraction of “Light City – Brilliant Baltimore” and a communications/marketing tool kit, including Light City images to use in marketing, promotional materials and social media
  • Inclusion in the Brilliant Baltimore directory featured on LightCity.org, Light City app and Light City press kit
  • Feature article about Brilliant Baltimore, listing all participants, in an edition of the Light City daily newsletter
  • Light City window cling to promote your building’s participation
  • Complimentary passes to a special night at the Light City VIP Lounge

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 that 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. 

Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), Light City is guided by its mission and core values detailed below.

1. Collaboration: coming together to work on a common goal is a core element of Light City. We support new and existing partnerships, and recognize that collaborating across projects enables the work to explore new territory, and break down community silos. 

2. Innovation/Technology: Supporting innovative techniques, materials and technologies allows Light City to support a growing art medium, as well as highlight some of the most cutting edge uses of these technologies. By encouraging and supporting innovative approaches, Light City has become a leader in light festival production, and is the premier light festival in North America. 

3. Sustainability: The Inner Harbor is the northern-most end of the Northwest branch of the Patapsco River, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay, and home to well over 300 species of fish and birds. Environmental impact is an important issue to the region; with each aspect of Light City the staff, artists, performers all assist in fostering a sustainability model that leads to less environmental impact each year the festival is produced. 

4. Audience Engagement/Accessibility: Light City is committed to an open and accessible event for all to enjoy. Our mission and practice as the arts council for the City of Baltimore is to delivering high quality programming that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age, ability or economic circumstance. 

5. Transformation/Impact: we believe that art has the power to transform the landscape, the experience one has with our city, and ultimately the culture of Baltimore as a whole. BOPA cultivates these transformative experiences and intentionally seek projects for the festival that have a lasting impact beyond the festival itself. Artworks that cause attendees to see situations in new ways, rethink their deeply held beliefs and reflect on key societal issues of justice and equality are encouraged. ____________________________________________________________________


Kyree Jones
Festivals Assistant, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Phone: (410) 752-8632| Email: KJones@PROMOTIONandARTs.org

Brilliant Baltimore is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA).  Light City is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

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