Light City Baltimore

Departing BOPA head Bill Gilmore reflects on Artscape, Light City

Departing BOPA head Bill Gilmore reflects on Artscape, Light City

Bill Gilmore says he’s really looking forward to next year’s third annual Light City festival, especially since it’s the first one where he won’t be the person in charge.

“I can’t wait to come next spring, next April, as a festivalgoer,” says Gilmore, who served his last day Friday as the head of the festival’s producer, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, where he’s been executive director or chief executive officer for nearly three decades. “I’ll take great pride in being able to walk around with a signature cocktail, which I couldn’t do before.”

Gilmore, 63, has been with BOPA and its predecessors, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & Tourism and the...

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