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PMA’s Lights Across Congress

February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins at 6 p.m. on February 3 with Lights Across Congress, a special event that will bring together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic projection on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year.

Lights Across Congress will serve as a public countdown to the reopening of the PMA, and at the end of the projection the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA, for free.

Lights Across Congress will include one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an exciting and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. With support from the city of Portland and to provide as many viewing angles as possible, Free Street at Congress Street will be closed to traffic on the evening of February 3.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors and food trucks—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party to mark the reopening of the PMA.

Lights Across Congress is a moment of celebration for the Portland Museum of Art, as well as an opportunity to showcase the economic and social power of Maine’s arts and culture for a wide array of organizations, community partners, and businesses. From leading corporations such as Unum to creative agencies such as p3 and The VIA Agency, and from community organizations such as Creative Portland to state agencies such as the Maine Office of Tourism, Lights Across Congress and the reopening of the PMA provides a moment for the city of Portland and the state of Maine to rally around the arts.

Lights Across Congress is made possible and supported by Unum.

Technical assistance is provided by Headlight Audio Visual, Inc. and the projection is designed and animated by p3.

In-Kind Event Support for Lights Across Congress
Crestline Custom Promotional Products
Headlight Audio Visual, Inc.
Hyatt Place Portland Old Port
Portland Press Herald
Seacoast Scaffold & Equipment Corporation
Townsquare Media
The Law Office of Joe Bornstein
The VIA Agency
The Westin Portland Harborview
Wright-Ryan Construction

Community Partners
City of Portland
Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau
Creative Portland
Friends of Congress Square Park
Hyatt Place Portland Old Port
Maine College of Art
Maine Office of Tourism
Maine Public
Portland Downtown


February 3, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Congress Square Park
Portland, ME 04101 United States