It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — in the springtime!
Georgetown GLOW is lighting up the streets to lift our spirits.
WTOP caught up with the folks at the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
“Georgetown GLOW started in 2014,” Vice President and Marketing Director Nancy Miyahira said. “It’s traditionally held as a holiday event in December into early January, but because of last year with the pandemic and really wanting to be safe, we decided to pivot and push it forward to the spring and summer of this year.”
In an attempt to reduce crowds, the series is spread out from April 9 to June 27.
“It’s a free, outdoor light art experience,” Miyahira said. “It’s traditionally been about 10 to 11 light art installations by artists locally, nationally and internationally, but this year we are spreading it out into a two-part series over six months. So, we’ll have a Spring GLOW with five art installations, and then we’ll have a Summer GLOW with three installations in our alleys.”
They hope it will inspire the community after a tough year.
“GLOW is the ray of light we all need,” Miyahira said. “It’s a new season of light for everyone, there’s a lot of optimism, people want to come back to the great outdoors. Georgetown is a beautiful, outdoor, walkable environment. We’ve got about 30 streeteries that our restaurants are doing outside and we’re going to be extending our sidewalks, making them wider on M [Street] and Wisconsin [Avenue].”
The exhibits can be experienced both in person and virtually during any time of day.
“Our work is beautiful during the day and night,” Events Director Debbie Young said. “In our artwork, we were definitely keeping in mind pieces that you could still interact with but at a social distance. We are requiring folks wear their masks. … We’re going to have virtual opportunities. We have videos the artists are creating, so you can see the tour from the comfort of your own home if you’re not ready to get back out there yet.”
Check out renderings of the five Spring GLOW exhibits below: