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Loyola partners with Light City Baltimore to celebrate the city’s 200 years of innovation

March 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Weaver

Light City Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Image courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Loyola University Maryland is excited to be a partner of Light City Baltimore, the premiere festival of lights, music, and innovation taking place in downtown Baltimore the week of March 28—April 3, 2016.

The festival is the first large-scale international light festival in the United States and will include art installations, performances, concerts, and conferences that showcase and celebrate Baltimore’s 200 years of innovation.

Members of the Loyola community will be active in the festival’s day-to-day events. Loyola students will march in the Creative Alliance Light City Lantern Parade, which will kick off the festival on Monday, March 28. The University will host an invitation-only event for alumni, donors, and Baltimore-area leaders on Tuesday, March 29, featuring a keynote address by Joseph Sullivan, chairman and CEO of Legg Mason Inc and the Sellinger School of Business and Management’s 2015 Business Leader of the Year. Loyola is also one of many organizations sponsoring the festival with financial support.

“Loyola University Maryland is proud to join Light City Baltimore in this fantastic celebration of our city, its history of innovation, and all the ways it can continue to grow and thrive,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland. “It is particularly fitting that Loyola is a partner in this initiative because the festival’s theme of societal issues of justice and equity aligns so beautifully with our mission as the Jesuit, Catholic university in Baltimore.”

Students have the opportunity to volunteer as docents and wayfarers during the festival. Docents will lead tours of the 28 art installations along the Light Art Walk, and wayfarers will guide festival goers through the Light Art Walk and answer general questions. Students can also volunteer to work in the student newsroom during the Light City U conferences.

Light City transportation to and from the Evergreen campus will be provided to students and employees for “Loyola Night” on Thursday, March 31, so those interested have the opportunity to take part in the festivities as a community.

Light City U, the conference portion of the festival, is focused on powering social change. Light City U has four conferences: social innovation, health innovation, sustainability innovation, and creative innovation. Tickets are required for the conferences and are available online. Loyola has a limited number of tickets to raffle to employees and students by completing this online form. Winners will be announced by Wednesday, March 16.   

More information on Loyola’s involvement in Light City Baltimore and volunteer opportunities is available on Loyola's Light City webpage. For a full schedule of Light City, visit lightcity.org or download the Light City Baltimore app from iTunes and Google Play.

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