Ends on March 5, 2018



We want communities city-wide to light up in a show of celebration and unity during Light City. With a little creativity, this can be done very inexpensively! Organize homes and businesses throughout your neighborhood to decorate with twinkle lights, special-colored porch lights, luminaries, an illuminated event, or any creative idea!

NEW for 2018! All participating communities will be entered into the “Best of BRILLIANT BALTIMORE – Community Showcase” contest, an online voting competition to determine those neighborhoods that show the most community pride by lighting up during Light City! The top vote-getter will receive $2,018 for their community association, with up to nine honorable mentions receiving $1,000 each for their community association!

To be eligible for the cash prize, community light-ups should be organized by nonprofit, community and/or merchant associations, and be on view during April 6-21, 2018. Registration forms are due to BOPA by March 5, 2018.


  • Free program registration
  • Promote your community as a featured attraction of “Light City Brilliant Baltimore – Community Showcase” © and receive 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 – Community Showcase, listing all participants, in an edition of the Light City daily newsletter
  • Inclusion in on-site signage promoting the Brilliant Baltimore – Community Showcase, placed around the Inner Harbor during the Light City festival
  • Call-out ad promoting your community on LED screen/s placed around the Inner Harbor during the Light City festival
  • Complimentary passes for your lead community organizers to a special night at the Light City VIP Lounge
  • Chance to win cash for your community

Full contest details, rules, and regulations below:

Contest Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Brilliant Baltimore – Community Showcase contest, Applicant must:

  1. Be an organization designated by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization OR be a recognized community association, merchants association, or faith-based organization.
  2. Be an organization must be based in Baltimore City and exist within the community for which they are applying.
  3. Have a bank account in the organization’s name (prizes will not be awarded to individual people or businesses).
  4. Organizations that have a MOU with BOPA for Neighborhood Lights 2018 are not eligible to enter the contest.
  1. The proposed lighting display and/or lighting event should be on view during fall between April 6th and April 21st and take place in Baltimore City.
  2. If selected as a winner, the Community Showcase cash prize is unrestricted in nature. However, the prize must be used for community events and/or improvement in that neighborhood, that is in keeping with the spirit of the Brilliant Baltimore – Community Showcase program.  BOPA requires winners to submit a brief explanation to explain how the prize will be used to improve their community by May 25th at 5 PM to Kyree Jones at KJones@promotionandarts.org.
  3. Applicant agrees to give BOPA a non-exclusive, royalty free license and right to use, display, and/or publish any images or content submitted in Applicant’s application to the public on BOPA’s website for purposes of the contest, and/or for marketing and PR purposes for Light City 2018 or any future Light City Festivals.
  4. Applicant warrants and represents that Applicant has the full and necessary rights to grant this permission and that the images or content submitted are original and do not infringe on the copyright or any other proprietary right of any other person or organization.
  5. BOPA reserves the right to disqualify Applicant at any time if it is determined that any information in the application was false or misrepresented.
  6. BOPA may cancel this contest at any time, in BOPA’s sole discretion.
  7. Applicant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Inc. (BOPA), the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. (BFAI), the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, their respective elected/appointed officials, employees, agents, and volunteers  from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, actions, expenses and liabilities, including reasonable  attorney’s fees and court costs arising as a result the performance of the Agreement hereunder, including any third party infringement claim arising from the video(s) Applicant provided and/or BOPA’s use of any of the videos in accordance with this Agreement, or of any direct or indirect, willful, or negligent act or omission of Applicant, except for activities caused by the sole negligent act or omission of BFAI, BOPA, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, its elected/appointed officials, employees, agents, and volunteers.

Application Procedure:

  1. Applications will close on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM. When completing the Brilliant Baltimore – Community Showcase application, accurate information and attention to detail is key. 
  2. Applications for this event will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis (4 – 5  business days is the normal response time).
  3. Upon close of the application on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM all eligible applicants will be requested to submit photo documentation to lightcity.org of their Brilliant Baltimore display by Friday, April 20, 2018 by 11:59 PM.
  4. BOPA will review all applications for compliance with the guidelines before posting to the BOPA website for public voting.

How the Voting Works:

  1. All eligible applicants will have their applications posted the Light City website at lightcity.org.
  2. Voting will be open to the public beginning Saturday, April 21st through Sunday, April 22nd at 11:59 PM. 
  3. Voters will be asked to consider the displays and/or events that demonstrate the most creativity, community pride and spirit of Light City in casting their ballot for their favorite. 


  1. One winner with the most votes will receive the grand prize of $2,018.
  2. After the grand prize, nine honorable mentions will be awarded $1,000 each to the next highest vote-getters.
  3. Winners will be announced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts during the week of April 30, 2018.
  4. Recipients are solely responsible for any and all taxes on the Prize.


By submitting an application, Applicant understands and agrees to the above guidelines and terms. Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc (BOPA) assumes no liability and shall have no liability or obligation during the course of the contest. By participating you agree to hold BOPA, BFAI, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (the “city”), its elected appointed officials, employees, agents, and volunteers from any and all liability, loss, injuries or damages associated with participation in this contest.

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. 

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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