Celebrate light, art, and community by participating in Portland Winter Light Festival activities this February, 2021!
The Portland Winter Light Festival will take an entirely new form this year to safely reflect the current pandemic reality. Instead of producing the large, centralized festival event of previous years, we are looking to fill Portland with art by presenting pop-up light art installations throughout the city. Part of our mission is to invigorate Portland in the winter and what better way to do that than invite artists, individuals, and businesses to participate?
We are calling on you to set up light-based art installations in windows, storefronts, office buildings, and more!
Themes of connection, environmentalism, and breaking through barriers are highly encouraged.
Installations can take the form of:
Light-based art or sculpture in storefront windows
Colorful and creative outdoor lighting
Creative multimedia installations viewable from the street
Multimedia art in the digital realm
Light festival activities will take place February 5-6, & February 12-13, 2021 and will be located throughout the city. The expanded timeline and decentralized footprint is meant to allow guests more space and time to view the installations, minimize crowding, and allow for physical distancing while still celebrating light and art in our community during the darkest time of year. All installations should be visible from the street, and attendees will be asked to stay physically distant and wear masks.
The Portland Winter Light Festival will publish an online map and bike route of all of the installations, and in the spirit of the light festival attendees will be encouraged to light up their bikes and clothing and explore!
If you have an idea for an art installation, or would like to be paired with an artist to install a piece in your window, please fill out the application form by Thursday, December 17.