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Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

10 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is 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. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Public Art, Free Fall Baltimore, Transformative Art Prize, MECU Neighborhood Grant Program, Bright StArts Workshops For Children and other grant opportunities for artists. BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation; Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival; New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor; Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar; School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. As the Baltimore Film Office, BOPA provides service to all productions scouting and filming in Baltimore. The team works with production crews, secures permits, provides logistical support and coordinates with city agencies to secure properties, equipment and personnel. BOPA oversees historic attractions and sites including the Top of the World Observation Level, School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters, and the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. In addition, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate or assist with large-scale city events over the past 30+ years. The activities include Star-Spangled Spectacular in 2014, NFL Kick-Off in 2013, Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012 and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parades.

Light City Baltimore
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Light City Baltimore

April 6, 2018

Light City is the nation’s first free large-scale light, music and innovation festival powering social change. The theme for 2018 is “More Love, More Lights!” as Light City expands to three weekends with Neighborhood Lights April 6-8, the Light City art and music festival April 14-21 and the Labs@LightCity social innovation conference April 18-21. Twenty-one light art installations will be on display around the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s waterfront, and more can be found in 14 neighborhoods throughout Baltimore during Neighborhood Lights. Other entertainment along the BGE Light Art Walk includes interactive, illuminated strolling and pop-up performances and a full schedule of live concerts and DJ sets on two stages. Labs@LightCity is seven themed conferences with a “Pay What You Can” ticketing system to allow even more people to attend the sessions, regardless of ability to pay.