Showcasing the cherished connections between Druid Hill Park and surrounding neighborhoods, the Arches & Access project will illuminate and activate the landmark Druid Hill Park Gate at Madison Avenue with colorful lights, a community parade, and public walking tour. The Neighborhood Lights Project is presented as part of the Brilliant Baltimore festival of light and literature.

Light art will be on display November 3, 2019, 5:30-9pm.

Location: Druid Hill Park Gate, 2600 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Arches & Access Druid Hill Park Gate rendering

Arches & Access Reservoir Hill Neighborhood Lights Parade

Sunday, November 3, 5:30-9pm

Meet at the Druid Hill Park Gate
2600 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

All are invited to activate the Arches & Access light art with a community parade on Sunday, November 3rd, 5:30-9pm. The family-friendly walk will feature youth-made lanterns and marching band. Come ready to impress with glow sticks, lights, and lanterns as we parade through the arches into Druid Hill Park following an illuminated pathway ending at a colorfully lit Rawlings Conservatory. There neighbors will mingle while enjoying light refreshments, including hot cocoa, music, a photo booth, and food truck.

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Check back for details on upcoming kid’s lantern workshops and volunteer opportunities.

Arches & Access parade route
Arches & Access Druid Hill Park Sidewalks rendering

Arches & Access Evening Wander Druid Hill Park Walking Tour

Friday, November 8, 7-9pm

Meet at the Druid Hill Park Gate
2600 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

The Arches & Access Evening Wander free walking tour on Friday, November 8th will explore monuments to community connectivity between the Druid Hill Park Gate and the Jones Falls Expressway. The tour runs 7-9pm and will focus on the history of the park, the challenging impacts of surrounding highways on local neighborhoods, engineering behind the ongoing reservoir construction, and efforts to better access Druid Hill Park through participatory transportation planning. The tour is presented as part of the Hidden Paths exhibit at Cardinal Space.

To join please RSVP to

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Arches & Access is supported by a 2019 Neighborhood Lights Community Grant from Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, and The Access Project for Druid Hill Park. Special thanks to T. Rowe Price – Community Engagement Partner, The Herbert Bearman Foundation – Supporting Sponsor of Neighborhood Lights, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Arches & Access team is comprised of current residents residing in the neighborhoods adjacent to Druid Hill Park. Courtney Bettle has lived in Baltimore since 2007 and has been a resident of Reservoir Hill since 2011. She has engaged in a variety of community projects over the years, including successfully organizing programming in a neighborhood playground aimed to strengthen community bonds and deter drug activity. Jessy DeSantis is an emerging artist, mother of two and active community member who resides on Madison Avenue in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. Her dramatic and vibrant use of color in her painting of the Arch serves as the inspiration behind its illumination. Auchentoroly Terrace resident Graham Coreil-Allen is a public artist and organizer working to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art, radical walking tours, and civic engagement. Coreil-Allen received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has created projects for numerous spaces, places and events. Kate Jennings joined the RHIC team in 2019. She is focused on developing and maintaining programs and services related to neighborhood initiatives and community engagement or organizing with special consideration for marginalized stakeholders and residents.

Arches artwork by Jessy DeSantis. Graphic design by Graham Coreil-Allen.