Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase contest to light up 12 additional neighborhoods during Light City, winner receives $2,018

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the 12 neighborhoods participating in the Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase contest, a new initiative for Light City 2018. The Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase contest is designed to highlight neighborhoods who wish to show their pride by lighting up in coordination with Light City. Participating communities compete by either hosting an event or display for Light City in their neighborhood from April 6 to 20, then submitting photos of their entry to be displayed on

Once the photos are posted, viewers can vote for their favorite neighborhood online at from April 21 to April 22, 2018. The neighborhood with the most votes will receive $2,018 to be used towards an event or initiative in their community. Nine honorable mentions will receive $1,000 each towards their community associations. The participating community groups and their corresponding displays and/or events are listed below:

Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn
226 Washburn Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225
Brooklyn is the gateway into Baltimore City from Anne Arundel County. The community will light up the intersection between Hanover Street and Potee Street.

Gilman School
5407 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210
The Gilman campus lights up blue for Brilliant Baltimore and can be seen on Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway.

Govans Gateway
5104 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
This project is a partnership between the York Road Partnership, Govanstowne Business Association, and supported by Loyola University’s York Road Initiative. To highlight the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue, the Govans community will light the windowed atrium of the Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square, put solar lights on the “Govans Ironbird” sculpture at the northeast corner the intersection, and the Oriole and Raven “Bmore Birds” murals located on the side of Zen West Cantina at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Hampden Community Council
3447 Hickory Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
Hampden is hosting a lighted shrine competition for the neighborhood, with a block party sponsored by the Hampden Community Council as the first place prize. The lighting treatment may take many different forms depending on what direction the different shrine teams take.  There will also be a competition for lighted trophies created by local artists.

Historic Fell’s Point
1632 Aliceanna St. Baltimore, MD 21231
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 5-9pm
Celebrate Light City like a local at the Fell’s Point Light Festival. Fell’s Point is working with local artists to feature interactive light installations on Broadway Square, music, children’s activities and fun for the whole family.

Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation
1515-1557 N. McKean Avenue Baltimore, MD 21217
Saturday, April 14, 2018 (between Baker & Presstman Avenues)
The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association celebrates Light City with an event honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and black history. Residents will be asked to bring flashlights and wear blue and white to the event, which features a marching band, opening prayer, cheerleaders, refreshments, spoken word/rap, games, speakers, a children’s book giveaway, vendors and more.

THE MIX Church (Washington Hill)
1725 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Colored lighting display

Oliver Community Association
1400 E. Federal Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Colored lighting display

Passion City Inc. (Park Heights)
2711 Woodland Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21215

The Park Heights community lights up with glow stick-inspired creations such as accessories, apparel and poster projects, dancing and marching. Billboards of passion will be used to spread the love of the many messages of not just life, but the life of Baltimoreans.

The Pratt Fairy Tale Extravaganza (Mount Vernon)
201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10am-3pm

The Pratt’s 16th Annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza lights up the Maryland Historical Society with crafts, magic, face painting and fairy tale fun for the whole family. In honor of Light City, this year attendees will wander through an enchanted forest lit with atmospheric uplighting to find the light-covered royal throne and fairy light curtain. A storyteller will be present, telling tales about the sun, moon, and stars, and the light inside of all of us.

The Shekhinah in Carrollton Ridge
Lot #1: 410-422 South Pulaski Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Lot #2: 413-425 South Pulaski Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Lot #3: 424 South Pulaski Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

The Shekhinah in Carrollton Ridge intends to build PVC lamp posts with a cement base powered by solar light to outline the two series of adopted lots and illuminate the Samuel F. B. Morse School Building.

Zion Baptist Church (Oliver)
1700 N. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21213

Colored lighting display

Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase is made possible by supporting sponsors T. Rowe Price and Transamerica. The third annual Light City festival takes place Saturday, April 14 through Saturday, April 21, 2018 with Neighborhood Lights, the community artist in residency program taking place April 6-8, 2018 across 14 Baltimore neighborhoods. Labs@LightCity, the daytime social innovation conferences take place April 18-21, 2018.

Light City is a free family-friendly festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s waterfront, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. During the day, Light City’s innovation conferences bring together innovators and thought leaders across key industries to explore ways to power social change. For more information on Light City, call 410-752-8632 or visit  Stay connected via Facebook: Light City Baltimore, Twitter: @LightCityBmore and Instagram: @LightCityBmore by using the hashtag #LightCity.

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 which serves as Baltimore City’s official arts council, events agency and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

Source: Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

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