Most people who are familiar with the annual tradition of Light City Baltimore, know it as unique art installations along the Inner Harbor. For me, that’s what I thought until I was introduced to the Labs@LightCity which consist of seven labs that serve as a place for national thinkers and local Baltimoreans to speak and offer an environment “to learn, network, and be heard.”
The seven labs ranged from health, education, social, art, maker, green, and food–all with many different panels and talks which gave everyone room the chance to find something of interest to them. This year, Light City made the Labs@LightCity “pay as you can” instead of one flat rate per each ticket. As a broke college student, this made me very excited because I, too, could be a part of the innovation and knowledge creation that came with the Labs.
As someone who wants to work somewhere in the food industry upon graduation, it made the most sense for me to attend the final lab, Food Lab, on the closing day of Light City 2018. This event went from 10:00am-4:00pm and included food (another reason why I chose to come to this lab) and a range of topics from equity within the food industry, social media and the democratization of food, and even a talk from world-renowned chef, Art Smith.
The Labs@LightCity not only allowed me to learn more about issues going on within an industry that I am very passionate about but it gave me to space to network and connect with like-minded people in the Baltimore area. Going to school in Baltimore has allowed me opportunities, such as this one, to dive head first into the things I am passionate about. While it may be intimidating as a 20-year-old to attend events like these, I say, “why not?” Sure all of the colleges in the Baltimore area are amazing on their own but I want to take advantage of all of the opportunities outside of Loyola’s campus. Baltimore has a lot to offer and the Labs@LightCity are just a small portion of those opportunities waiting for you.
You didn’t think I went to the labs but not the Art Walk at Light City, did you? Although I was slightly disappointed that the seesaws were not a part of the light installations this year, I was still thoroughly impressed by the creativity and thoughtfulness that was put into every installation. Good food, good photo ops, and good weather, what more could you ask for from a weekend?
That’s all for now! If you didn’t get a chance to check out Light City this year, mark your calendars for next year–you won’t want to miss it.
- Nikki D'Ambtosio
Loyola University Maryland