Loyola University Maryland celebrated the first year of Light City Baltimore, a festival of light, music, and innovation in downtown Baltimore from March 28 – April 3, with activities and events throughout the week.
Loyola was one of many organizations sponsoring the festival with financial support, and the University will continue its support next year.
Throughout the week, members of the Loyola community enjoyed the 28 art installations along the Light Art Walk in the Inner Harbor, and musical entertainment and performances at the many stages throughout the festival.
Members of Loyola’s dance and cheerleading teams, along with first-year students in their Messina groups, walked in the Creative Alliance Light City Lantern Parade on Monday, March 28, to kick-off the festival. Students carried green paper lanterns and wore glow green necklaces.
More than 100 alumni and Baltimore-area leaders gathered on Tuesday, March 29, for an invitation-only event, 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. Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola, updated the attendees about Loyola’s renewed commitment to Baltimore.
“We did not open as a school for Catholics,” Fr. Linnane told those gathered. “We opened as a school for Baltimore.”
Loyola has been anchored in Baltimore since it opened its former campus in two large row houses on Holliday Street in 1852. Earlier this year, Loyola refocused priorities in its ongoing Bright Minds, Bold Hearts fundraising campaign to deepen its civic and financial investment in Baltimore.
“We must help shine a light on the best characteristics of Baltimore: the people, the history, the culture, and the bright future this city holds,” Fr. Linnane said.
Several members of the Loyola community also attended the four Light City U conferences – Social Innovation, Health Innovation, Sustainability Innovation, and Creative Innovation. The conferences focused on powering social change and innovation. Juliana Neves, ’18, attended the Social Innovation Conference, and wrote a reflection of her experience.