Jurors for Installations, 12 ‘Neighborhood Lights’ Spots Announced for Light City 2018

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“Light Happenings Part II,” by Labbodies. Photo by Stephen Babcock.

Believe it or not, nearly four months have already passed since the second annual Light City Festival, and the wheels are already in motion for the third rendition next spring.

Baltimore Museum of Art director Christopher Bedford and Cecilia Alemani, chief curator of New York City’s famous High Line, headline the list of six minds picked to judge the third annual Light City festival next spring, according to an announcement from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

The jury will also include Alessandra Caggiano, co-founder and artistic director of the U.K.’s e-Luminate Cambridge Festival, prolific arts writer and Met social media manager Kimberly Drew, Lance Fung, curator of the transformative public art organization Fung Collaboratives, and Julia Kaganskiy, director of the New Museum’s NEW INC. incubator space in New York.

The six of them will be charged with picking an undetermined number of gargantuan light art installations for the BGE Light Art Walk in the Inner Harbor next April. This past year’s festival featured 22 of them. (see them up-close again in our photo tour.) BOPA is taking applications here from artists who want their work front-and-center in the harbor. The process has been ongoing, and is open through this Sunday.

Seaprately, BOPA is also looking for visual creatives to beautify 12 neighborhoods around the city for Light City’s Neighborhood Lights program, starting in early April 2018. The program offers residencies to individuals, teams of artists and organizations who work with each community to produce public art for display in each neighborhood leading up to and during the festival. Each one gets $15,000 in funding.

The 12 neighborhoods set to receive their own light installations next spring are: Baybrook/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, Federal Hill, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown/Washington Village, Remington and Waverly.

Applications are due Aug. 21.

Light City 2018 will run from Saturday, April 14, though Saturday, April 21.

Ethan McLeod
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