Little Italy lights up!
Neighborhood Lights is an immersive artist-in-residency program that spreads the magic of Light City Baltimore into neighborhoods throughout the city. Selected artists-in-residence work directly with a specific community to create an illuminated public project within that neighborhood. Light City Baltimore is organized by Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts.
About Neighborhood Lights 2018
For the third consecutive year, Little Italy has participated in Neighborhood Lights as part of Light City Baltimore. During a two-night April event, artist Laure Drogoul transformed the neighborhood's bocce courts into a magical light setting with the result of "an absolutely brilliant, visually stunning, artfully executed and community-based" project, said neighborhood resident, Gia Fracassetti, who organized the project. Festivities included a light parade including Baltimore's mayor Catherine Pugh, additional strings of lights for Saint Leo's Church, and a light show at the bocce courts. Fracassetti acknowledges Kingsville Dairy / Tim Ford for donating 250 milk jugs which were transformed into lanterns. "It definitely was a team effort to produce this magnificent Light City production," she said.
"Little Italy is an awesome neighborhood!" said Drogoul.
About Neighborhood Lights 2017
Dolce far niente - In the heart of Little Italy at the intersection of High and Fawn Streets, an Italian piazza complete with a cascading light fountain, live theater, a lantern parade and pageantry was created to emulate an authentic Italian piazza. Laure Drogul, our resident artist, also created a canopy of colorful lanterns by repurposing plastic gallon milk jugs. The lanterns are still shining bright on High Street, creating a buzz and destination for visitors and locals.
About Neighborhood Lights 2016:
Resident artist Joe Reinsel, says: "I really enjoyed creating Il Tartufo Lucente for Light City and being part of the neighborhood for a short time. After the piece was installed, my favorite part (besides the work itself) was hearing your stories that would develop from the images on the church. Thank you for sharing. It gave me a glimpse into the strong heritage that has been part of this neighborhood for many years."