OPEN CALL (Download PDF)

Nighttime Public Art Festival Seeks Projects for Exhibition

Dates: November 3rd & 4th 2017, 6:00pm - Midnight,  Downtown Boston

Funding Available: $1,000—$10,000

Submissions Due: 11:59pm EST, September 1, 2017

Submission Form:


ILLUMINUS is a free nighttime festival where Boston’s artists, designers, performers, and creative technologists converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works. In the past ILLUMINUS has taken place in the SoWa district of Boston and on Lansdowne Street. In 2017 ILLUMINUS has partnered with LuminArtz and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) to present the festival throughout this Downtown neighborhood. The Festival will not be centralized in one location, but spread through the neighborhood streets - taking over plazas, alleys, and building facades, creating a captivating network of installations for people to explore and enjoy.

For 2017 ILLUMINUS is seeking for exhibition innovative projects that cross disciplinary boundaries and engage a diverse public audience. Individuals and creative teams are invited to submit new or existing works for consideration. You may propose more than one piece and submissions may include scalable versions of the work. We accept submissions for projects in any medium but give special consideration to projects that fall in the following categories:

  • Light, Sound or Projection Installations
  • Audio/Visual Performances
  • Interactive or Participatory Projects
  • Experiential Art Installations

Project selection will be made on the following criteria:

  • Creative Vision / Artistic Merit
  • Innovation in Content, Technology or Process
  • Engaging Audiences and Overall Experience
  • Budget and Feasibility

A curatorial team consisting of local curators, executive director, operations director, technical director and artistic liaison will review and select projects based on the above criteria.


Download the Open Call PDF for all application details and requirements.