Photo Credit: Matthew MurphyMORNINGSIDE LIGHTS returns to Columbia University for a fourth year on September 19, 2015. This free week-long arts series is led by the directors of Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) and invites families and inter-generational community members to help create a fleet of lanterns and instruments to be proudly displayed  in an illuminated parade of public art in Morningside Park. The procession will light up the park at nightfall, as the culminating event of Friends of Morningside Park’s annual Common Ground Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Workshops will be held for one week from September 19-25 at Columbia’s Miller Theater. Participants can sign up to attend daily, work individually or in groups, start a lantern for someone else to finish, or pick up where someone else left off. All skill levels are welcome as artists, Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of PAW, will introduce all steps in the process and teach the artistic fabrication needed to produce more than 100 fun and fantastical objects for this community collaboration.

Each year, since the project began in 2012, the lanterns have been inspired by themes ranging from imaginary cities to Romare Bearden’s 1977 collage series, “A Black Odyssey” (2014). This year’s theme, “New York Nocturne” invites participants to dream up lantern ideas reflecting the city’s bustling and magical nightscape – Broadway marquees, glowing skyscrapers, festive food trucks and more, are all fodder for the lanterns you, your family and friends will create for this year’s Morningside Lights. Sign up HERE to join the fun or visit: 

SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2015
Lantern-building workshops
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
Family craft table at the Common Ground Festival
Morningside Lights Procession at 8 p.m.
Morningside Park (116 Street & Morningside Avenue)

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Photo: Matthew Murray
ML-2Photos from Morningside Lights 2014: Matthew MurrayMorningside Lights concept and direction by Processional Arts Workshop. Co-produced by the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, in collaboration with Friends of Morningside Park.