Washington, D.C. (November 19, 2015) – Georgetown GLOW—the popular holiday celebration featuring outdoor public light-art installations that invite visitors to “re-imagine the season of light,”—is even bigger for 2015. In its second year, Georgetown GLOW will expand from a weekend-long celebration to a 10-day exhibition from December 11-20, with works lit from 6 – 10 p.m. nightly. Georgetown GLOW is a signature winter event celebrating the holiday season organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). Visit www.GeorgetownGLOWDC.com for announcements and updates.
The Georgetown GLOW exhibition encourages contemplation of, and interaction with, the natural
environment. The intimate, historic C&O Canal—a beautiful, meditative waterway reminiscent of
Georgetown’s founding as a port town just steps from bustling M Street—will serve as the primary location for the works. Five site-specific installations, commissioned by local, regional and international artists, will be on view along and adjacent to the C&O Canal, Georgetown Waterfront Park, and other locations south of M Street. While works will be on view throughout the 10-day period, each piece will be lit nightly from 6-10 p.m. An announcement of the artists and their projects is to come.
“Georgetown is D.C.’s oldest neighborhood with a vibrant commercial district at its center. The backdrop of this historic district, coupled with the power and beauty of public light-art, creates a unique experience for holiday visitors,” said Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown BID. In 2014, its inaugural year, GLOW featured seven local, regional, and international artists who created site-specific works throughout the commercial district.
The holiday celebration also includes in-store promotions like free hot chocolate and gift wrapping, as well as sales and events from a number of Georgetown merchants. Over both weekends during Georgetown GLOW, visitors will enjoy nightly live outdoor musical performances at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of Grace Church (1041 Wisconsin Avenue). Additionally, visitors shouldn’t miss a visit to Washington Harbour for a spin on the region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.
Georgetown’s holiday décor and lights make it one of the city’s most festive neighborhoods during the holiday season. Many Georgetown businesses, including numerous small-business merchants, will take part in the 4th annual Holiday Window Competition. Visitors to Georgetown stroll throughout the commercial district to enjoy uniquely decorated merchant windows. Starting November 28 (through December 20), the public is invited to register a vote for their favorite window via the Georgetown Facebook page.
WHAT: Georgetown GLOW, a 10-day celebration of the holiday season including outdoor light art
installations, live music, merchant promotions and more organized by the Georgetown
Business Improvement District (BID).
WHEN: Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 20, with light-art art installations lit nightly
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Throughout Georgetown’s commercial district; locations to be announced.
INFO: Attendance to Georgetown GLOW, including access to all art installations, is FREE. Visit
www.GeorgetownGLOWDC.com, follow Georgetown on Twitter (@georgetowndc),
Facebook and Instagram (@officialgeorgetowndc). Follow updates and announcements at
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, December 12 (time and location to be announced), with optional curator-led media tour to follow.
Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams is a public art expert and curator whose projects have included the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ 5×5 program, Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial, the Downtown BID’s Art All Night Festival, and Arlington, VA, public art initiatives.
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) recognizes the following sponsors for their
generous support of Georgetown GLOW 2015: The JBG Companies, Jamestown/Georgetown Park, MRP
Realty/Washington Harbour Georgetown, HOK, RB Properties, Inc., Jaguar/Land Rover, The Current
Newspapers, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown Suites, and Think Out Loud Productions.
About the Georgetown Business Improvement District
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown. Established in 1999 by its property owners and merchants, the Georgetown BID has more than 1,000 members. The organization is located in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and sets a standard of excellence in preserving historic charm while meeting contemporary needs. From marketing and special events, to transportation, economic development, destination management and streetscape, the Georgetown BID contributes to the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown. For more information, visit georgetowndc.com.
Photos: Sam Kittner for the Georgetown BID
SOURCE: Georgetown, DC
Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of public light-art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of D.C.’s oldest neighborhood, it’s a whole new way to shine.
In its second year, Georgetown GLOW expands from a weekend-long celebration to a 10-day exhibition.
*Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 20*
Works lit from 6 – 10 p.m. nightly.
Georgetown GLOW is organized by the Georgetown Business
Improvement District (BID).
The BID recognizes the following sponsors for their generous support of Georgetown GLOW 2015: The JBG Companies, Jamestown/Georgetown Park, The Washington Harbour Ice Rink, HOK Architects, Hickok Cole Architects, AIR (American Institutes for Research), RB Properties, Inc., Sea Catch Restaurant, Jaguar/Land Rover, The Georgetown Current Newspapers, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown Suites, and Think Out Loud Productions.