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"We wanted to celebrate the interesting things we’d been seeing,” said Brooke Hall, CEO of What Works Studio, who spent months approaching city leaders and community members to talk about how to make the light festival a reality. “There’s something that could be done here at the intersection of art and technology that’s really special and could be really unique to Baltimore.”

Organizers have secured a $250,000 commitment from Visit Baltimore and are seeking private funding from BGE. The festival, which has been in the works for two years, was the brainchild of Brooke Hall and Justin Allen of the marketing agency What Works Studio.

With the Grand Prix shuttering operations and plans for Otakon to move to Washington, D.C., some city organizers are working to bring the next “big thing” to the city. Mt. Vernon residents Brooke Hall and Justin Allen are hoping their event concept will put Baltimore on the map. Their idea involves lights and many of them. Known as Light City, the weeklong event could be in Baltimore as early as 2017.

In the premiere episode of “Baltimore’s Future,” David Warnock welcomes Brooke Hall, Justin Allen and Lindsey Davis, three people involved with Light City, a movement to bring a world-class light festival to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

We were honored to receive a Social Innovation Award and a grant from the publishers of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal, the Warnock Foundation. Lighting the way to Baltimore’s future A celebration of music, light and ideas could put the city on the cultural cutting edge. By Michael Cross-Barnet Cover photo courtesy of Saard Saenmuang Portraits by Cale Whitworth The Grand Prix won’t be coming back to the Inner Harbor in 2014, and some are not sad to see it go. The event, with its barricades, noise and pollution, did not strike everyone as the way to move Baltimore into the future and bring people together. Brooke Hall,