Sin categorizar / Jun 25th, 2019

Call for Artists for the 20th Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival!

Creative Alliance |

Drawing over 10,000 fans, the Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival has been a beloved Baltimore tradition since 1999. The parade is a community-made, artist commissioned, spectacular evening held outdoors in Patterson Park on the last Saturday before Halloween (Oct 26th, rain date Oct 27th). Working with our neighboring schools and community groups, Creative Alliance helps produce 2,000+ lanterns that people of all ages can carry in the Parade to create an evening of light-filled wonder.


EXTENDED DEADLINE! August 26th, 2019

What We’re Looking For:

1. Marching Floats
We are asking Baltimore-based artists and community groups to create NEW, BIG, BRIGHT, FUN, MOBILE objects (over 10’ feet tall and less than 6’ wide) that are lightweight and can be carried by you and your posse! Create illuminated sculptures or floats that celebrate our values of CREATIVITY and FUN for this very special 20thanniversary parade. Special consideration will be given to creations that reflect the Great Halloween Lantern Parade’s 20-year history in Baltimore.

2. Stationary Light Structures (non-marching):

In addition to marching floats, this year we are asking artist and community groups to create BRIGHT, SPECTACULAR, LIT-UP, STATIONARY festival structures to bring some creative magic to our festival grounds. Our vision is to have beautiful structures by day that lite-up at night! The structures must be self-powered however, they may not use a generator. Structures must be able to be assembled and deconstructed on-site day of the festival. Remember, there will be plenty of children around, so please make sure your structure is both safe and secure! Dimensions may vary, but be realistic. 

This is about COMMUNITY. If your creation is part of a group effort, that’s wonderful! 
We expect awarded artists to submit designs, photographs, or videos of their building process to help promote the Parade and to be available for television or newspaper interviews. Designs should be able to withstand the weather in late October, which can be cold, rainy, or windy.

Compensation for Marching Floats and Stationary Light Structures:

  • Up to $600 each for the top proposals for support materials, transportation, and artist fees. 
  • Shared storage in Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District. 
  • Complimentary Creative Alliance Membership for 2020.

Selection Criteria
We are seeking dynamic floats made by Baltimore artists and community groups who can make magic out of limited resources! Background in public art projects, puppetry, sculpture, performance, and other public performance is helpful. Final selection of the Great Halloween Lantern Parade sculpture proposals are chosen by a committee. Awards will be announced by August 16, 2019 (see timeline).

Payment & Ownership
Creative Alliance will pay 1/2 of the award upon approval of an accepted proposal. Creative Alliance will pay the balance within 30 days of the completion of the event. All floats become the property of Creative Alliance and may be used in future events, including future Great Halloween Lantern Parades. Selected artists may spend additional monies, but any expenses over the awarded amount are the sole responsibility of the artist or artist group.

August 26: Submission Deadline at 5pm. 
ROLLING ANNOUNCEMENTS: Awards are announced via email. Confirmation is required.
September 10, 6-8pm: Mandatory parade artists meeting at Creative Alliance.
October 25: Artists bring mobile sculptures to Patterson Park Pool House by 6pm. No exceptions.
October 26: Artists set up at 2pm. The Great Halloween Lantern Parade happens!
October 27: Parade Rain Date

Application Requirements
Interested artists and community groups should submit:
1.    Float + Stationary Light Structure Design (PDF or Microsoft Word): 
Provide a full-color design to scale of float proposal with dimensions.
2.    Letter of interest (PDF or Microsoft Word): A one-page document describing the content of your design. If appropriate, describe collaborations with other artists or community groups involved and their role(s). (500 word max).
3.    Images or a video of past work: provide 3-5 images of previous artwork. Video of public art pieces are also accepted via web link (5 min max).
4.    Budget: provide a list of materials with anticipated artist fees for your proposal.

Email applications to: | 410.276.1651