Lights and Literature: Baltimore Ebook Competition and Gentle Metropolis mix, in search of neighborhood collaboration – Baltimore Solar


For the primary time, the Baltimore Workplace of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) is providing 10 $5,000 grants for communities, teams and neighborhoods be part of Gentle Metropolis — the annual light-based artwork exhibit that stretches throughout elements of downtown.

The grants will go towards illuminated occasions, performances or artwork showcases. Grant purposes opened June 25 and shut July 29.

“The spirit of the [grants] is to unfold the magic of Gentle Metropolis past the waterfront and out into the communities and shine a optimistic mild on them,” Donna Drew Sawyer, BOPA’s chief government officer, stated. “It’s actually as much as the communities to give you their inventive concepts.”

Light City illuminates Baltimore for a third year

BOPA additionally introduced Tuesday this 12 months’s schedule and lineup for the inaugural mixture of the Baltimore Ebook Competition and Gentle Metropolis.

The 2019 Baltimore Ebook Competition and Gentle Metropolis options over 300 authors, celebrities, workshops, kids’s actions and light-based artwork showcases. This 12 months’s 10-day competition, themed “Good Baltimore,” begins Nov. 1 and can happen in Interior Harbor and in almost 20 surrounding neighborhoods.

“The BOPA group and our programming companions are creating one-of-a-kind experiences, making magic with creativeness and turning ‘what if’ into ‘wow,’” Sawyer stated.

BOPA introduced in November 2018 its determination to mix the 2 festivals in 2019 after receiving suggestions from festival-goers.

The group selected the month of November as a result of daylight saving time permits dad and mom to take their kids to see the light-based artwork shows earlier within the night whereas its darkish sufficient to get essentially the most from the displays. The group additionally stated it’s now extra widespread for authors to publish books later within the fall months, opening the competition to a bigger number of authors and audio system.

Artist lineup for Gentle Metropolis shows embrace 9 Baltimore-based artists, who’re being totally commissioned by BOPA to create artwork particularly for the 2019 competition.

“A part of what we’re making an attempt to do is encourage new commissions for Baltimore artists. As town’s arts council, that’s actually core to our mission,” Sawyer stated.

Baltimore Ebook Competition and Gentle Metropolis can be teaming with Enoch Pratt Free Library to extend outreach within the metropolis’s neighborhoods, internet hosting nightly occasions in the course of the competition at eight of the library branches.

2018 Light City Baltimore

Sights and sounds from 2018 Gentle Metropolis Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron, Batimore Solar video)

Sights and sounds from 2018 Gentle Metropolis Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron, Batimore Solar video)


Along with selling artwork and literature, Sawyer stated the competition will generate tens of hundreds of in financial impression and lots of of hundreds of tourists to Baltimore.

“It is a really one-of-a-kind occasion that may mild up Baltimore, actually and figuratively, like by no means earlier than,” Sawyer stated. “I feel it’s going to the massive hug that our metropolis wants.”

Ebook competition friends embrace chef and tv character Carla Corridor, actor and activist Hill Harper and extra. Baltimore artist Ellis Marsalis III, and 19 different artist from throughout the globe, will showcase a light-based show for Gentle Metropolis.

BOPA stated it would proceed to make extra bulletins on its web site as time attracts nearer for the competition.

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