Light City’s Neighborhood Lights begins April 6 with artwork and events in 14 neighborhoods

Baltimore has always been a city of neighborhoods, with each one offering its own history, culture and flavor. This year, Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s immersive community artist-in-residence program expands from eight to 14 neighborhoods. Twelve artists were selected to receive a $15,000 grant to collaborate with community groups to create an illuminated visual or performance art piece within each neighborhood. Neighborhood Lights kicks off April 6-8, 2018. Some Neighborhood Lights projects have participatory community workshops associated with them, taking place prior to April 6. Admission is free.

Community Engagement Partner: T. Rowe Price

New this year, Neighborhood Lights offers self-guided audio tours by Live Baltimore! To hear more about the light installation you are visiting, dial 410-934-7821, then enter the code for the Neighborhood Lights project you wish to hear more about.  (Codes listed below)

 Project Descriptions

  1. Belair-Edison: Ada Pinkston

Zymurgy: Light History…What We Forget Along the Way (Audio Tour Code: 101)

On View: April 6-8, 2018

Event: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Processional starts at 8pm on Belair Road and ends at Oliver Brewing Company with a party starting at 9:15 p.m.

Location: Herring Run Park, 3800 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21213

Description: Zymurgy: Light History…What We Forget Along the Way is a series of seven glass greenhouses installed in Herring Run Park, sharing performances of stories collected from community members during workshops leading up to Neighborhood Lights. Come and experience the Light History Performance and Installation along the path of Herring Run Trail, starting at Belair Road with a processional through the park with the Frederick Douglass Marching band and ending at Oliver Brewing Company. The party at Oliver Brewing Company starts at 9:15pm featuring Abdu Ali, Eze Jackson, DJ Jamal and Baltimore City Community College Jazz Band.

  1. Bromo Tower and Arts and Entertainment District: Sean Michael Kenny

Bromo City Lights Feel (Audio Tour Code: 102)

On View: April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, 6-9 p.m.

Event: Friday, April 6, 2018, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw Street

Description: Bromo City Lights Feel is a light installation made of LED strips, bicycle rims, optical lenses and crystals located inside the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. The light installations will inhabit four studios within the Tower, and allow the viewer to fully immerse themselves with light.

  1. Darley Park: Kyle Yearwood

Futuristic Vision (Audio Tour Code: 103)

Event: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5-9 p.m.

Location: Darley Park, Harford Road and Normal Ave

Description: Visual artist Kyle Yearwood brings his unique photography and animated videos to the Darley Park Community during a one day event in Futuristic Vision. A combination of photographs from the artist’s “Baltimore Galaxy Project” and “Supernatural Series” will be displayed via projectors and a visual DJ performance. The Galaxy Project is a series of photos & animated videos that captures the essence of Baltimore (with an emphasis on the Darley Park Neighborhood), but pushes the viewers’ imagination to galactic dimensions. The Supernatural Series consists of photos taken of local youth with “supernatural” abilities. This event will also feature the unveiling of Darley Park’s Sundial Stage, designed by the Neighborhood Design Center and funded by a 2017 Transformative Art Prize from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The free event features visual artwork by Kyle Yearwood and a live performance by TT The Artist.

  1. Federal Hill Main Street: FutureMakers

Light Street Lights: Light Paintings by Federal Hill Residents (Audio Tour Code: 104)

On View: April 6-8, 2018

Event: Friday, April 6, 2018, Parade: 6:30-8 p.m., Starting at Federal Hill Park

Location: Light Street in Federal Hill

Description: FutureMakers hosts a series of free community workshops focusing on making light painting portraits (long-exposure digital photographs created with handmade LED light “brushes”) during the weeks leading up to Neighborhood Lights. Glowing photographs from the workshops will be featured in select Federal Hill business windows, an interactive selfie wall will be installed in the Light Street corridor and stories from workshop participants will be captured in photos and video interviews and featured at

  1. Brooklyn/Curtis Bay: Maura Dwyer
    Presented by: BGE

Illuminating a Century in the City (Audio Tour Code: 105)

On View: April 6-8, 2018

Event: Friday, April 6, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Garrett Park, 3560 Third Street, Baltimore, MD 21225

Description:  Illuminating a Century in the City is a projected shadow puppet play celebrating the celebrating the 100 years that the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay communities have been part of Baltimore City. The opening night event will kick off with music, an all-ages paper lantern-making station, and opening acts that showcase unique area talent. Following a screening of residents’ artwork created during neighborhood workshops, watch as a shadow puppet performance transforms into a beautifully animated film that shares residents’ perspectives of the past 100 years.

  1. Hamilton-Lauraville: Ada Pinkston

Zymurgy: Light Bridge…Connecting Barriers through Storytelling
(Audio Tour Code: 106)

On View:  April 6-8, 2018

Event: Friday, April 6, 2018, 7-11 p.m.

Location: St. Dominic’s parking lot, corner of Echodale and Harford Road

Description: For her 2018 Neighborhood Lights projects, Ada Pinkston will create Zymurgy: Light Bridge, seven portraits of community members etched into 8 by 4 foot Plexiglas panels mounted on steel with LED light accents. The celebration on Friday includes Light Bridge Art making workshops at 7pm; a performance by Ada Pinkston, Noelle Tolbert, Alex D’agostino, Emily Eagin, Amorous Ebony, Alayna Baron, and Lindsay Chestnut with a large-scale video projection at 8 p.m., a dance performance, DJ and more!

  1. Highlandtown/Fells Point Creative Alliance: BE|THE|TO Studio / k.lechleiter ARCHITECT / LED-BETTER Studio

Breaking Bread (Audio Tour Code: 107)

On View: April 6-8, 2018

Event: Friday, April 6, 2018; lighted stroll begins at 7 p.m. followed by performances and dinner at 7:45 p.m.

Location: 25 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD, 21224

Description: Breaking Bread is an installation focused on an oversized dining table. The three-part installation includes a sequence of steel ribs that form a gateway and act as a canopy of light, an illuminated steel and acrylic table illuminating those seated opposite each other, and illuminated panels mounted onto existing shipping containers at the end of the sequence, providing opportunities that project light out over the platform as a signal that communion is taking place. On Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., groups will gather for a lighted stroll at RoofTop HoT (339 S. Conkling St) and arrive at the garden (25 S. Conkling St) at 7:20pm, where more performances and a dinner take place.

  1. Hollins Roundhouse: Malaika Aminata Clements

Stories of SoWeBo (Audio Tour Code: 108)

Event: Friday, April 6, 6-11 p.m.

Location: Hollins Market, 26 S. Arlington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Description: Stories of SoWeBo is a series of community elements installed on April 6 consisting of both analog and digital interpretations of community stories. Newsprint and flag bearing will share narratives and images, and be presented alongside an immersive VR environment of the stories from the community. Visitors can enjoy music and entertainment, informational workshops, food trucks, local refreshments and more.

  1. Little Italy: Laure Drogoul

Grotto of the never, never, neverending Neverland (Audio Tour Code: 109)
Presented by: Kaiser Permanente

On View: April 6- 8, 2018

Events: Friday, April 6, 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, 6-11 p.m.

Location:  Little Italy’s bocce courts in the Thomas J. D’Alesandro Jr. Park on Stiles St.

Description: Grotto of the never, never, neverending Neverland continues to develop ideas of sustainability and climate change begun by the artist in her 2017 Neighborhood Lights Residency. The project will transform the neighborhood Bocce Courts into an illuminated cave-like environment with a canopy of re-purposed materials, projected video and light. The existing suspended recycled jug lanterns on High Street will be extended and installed in other areas of the neighborhood. The project will feature two evenings of pageantry, performance, dance and music based on Little Italy’s proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, climate change and folklore.

  1. Locust Point: XXS Group

Harbor Memory (Audio Tour Code: 110)

On View: April 6-8, 2018

Event: Friday, April 6, 7-9 p.m.

Location: Under Armour Headquarters, 1020 Hull Street, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230

Description: Building on XXS Group’s commission for the BGE Light Art Walk, Harbor Memory creates a sparkling wetland scenery as a representation of the Inner Harbor before its urban development. This collection of 100 fiber-optic lighted ‘plants’ is not a mere celebration of the city: it’s an invitation for individual Baltimoreans. During Neighborhood Lights, visitors are encouraged to register for one lighted plant. The plants will then be distributed to those registered addresses after the festival. The project engages with the public by cultivating a sense of ownership to each individual and their community.

  1. Patterson Park: Pablo Machioli & Owen Silverman Andrews

Luz (Audio Tour Code: 111)

On View: April 6-21, 2018

Event: April 7, 2018

Location: Library Square (158 N. Linwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224)

Description: Luz fosters community recycling campaigns throughout the project life, and uses these upcycled materials to spell out in large format “L” “U” “Z” (Spanish for “Light”). Each illuminated letter corresponds to an element of the natural environment, community, and history.

  1. Pigtown Main Street: MANIFOLD design

SCOPE: Terra, Peri, Kaleido (Audio Tour Code: 112)

On View: April 6-8, 2018

Events: April 6, 7 & 8 from 7-11 p.m.

Locations: April 6: Intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Washington Blvd.; 700 block of Washington Blvd.

April 7: 800 block of Washington Blvd.

April 8: 900 block of Washington Blvd.
Description: SCOPE: Terra, Peri, Kaleido is a moving installation of illuminated units or ‘scopes.’ The units can be engaged or dispersed, acting together as a single work or independently, illuminating individual aspects of the neighborhood. Over the course of three nights, the installation will travel to three different locations along the community’s corridor of Washington Boulevard.

  1. Remington: Maura Dwyer

Projecting the Past, Illuminating the Future (Audio Tour Code: 113)

Event: Saturday, April 7, 6-10 p.m.

Location: Sisson Street Community Park, 2017 Sisson Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

Description: Projecting the Past, Illuminating the Future is a projected shadow puppet play at 2017 Sisson Street, the Sisson Street Community Park, on Saturday, April 7. The event kicks off at 6pm with music, an all-ages paper lantern-making station, and opening acts from some of Baltimore’s beloved puppeteers. After the sun sets, get ready for an enchanting performance that transforms paper shadow puppets into an animated film, sharing the history of Remington’s growth and casting dreams of its future.

  1. Waverly: The Rise of Charm City

Rise & Shine Waverly (Audio Tour Code: 114)

On View: April 6-8, 2018, 6-8 p.m. each night

Location: Waverly Main Street Offices (old Boulevard Theater) 3302-B Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218

Description: Rise of Charm City will produce three 10 minute podcast documentaries about the history of the Waverly community. In advance of Neighborhood Lights Rise of Charm City will hold a series of local oral history collecting workshops at local venues (i.e. the Waverly Branch Library). From April 6-8 all three 10 minute segments will be unveiled at the offices within the Boulevard Theater.

Source: Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts

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