Morningside Lights - SEPTEMBER 16-22, 2017

Morningside Lights is a free weeklong arts event led by the directors of Processional Arts Workshop, Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, and produced by Columbia University's Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre. Help create a fleet of lanterns during a week of workshops that will culminate in an illuminated procession of public art in Morningside Park. 

Morningside Lights: The Secret Gardens

Harlem’s deep tradition of civic activism blossoms in the thriving gardens carefully cultivated in its many reclaimed spaces. Join us as we illuminate Morningside Park and the Columbia University campus with a community-created lantern procession inspired by these horticultural gems and the resourceful visionaries that tend them.

SEPTEMBER 16-22, 2017
Lantern-building workshops
Miller Theatre at Columbia University


SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Family craft table, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Down to Earth Farmers Market (110 St & Manhattan Ave)
Morningside Lights Procession at 8 p.m.
Morningside Park (116 St & Morningside Ave)

 

 

SCHEDULE

Workshop Sessions

At Morningside Lights workshops, lantern building is a collaborative process — and the collaboration is part of the fun! You may start a lantern for someone else to finish, or pick up where someone else left off to create a work of art that reflects the collective vision of our community. 

Each day's workshop activities are a step in the process as our lanterns take shape from idea to final product. See below for our daily menu of activities, but please note the following activities are subject to change based on our progress. And remember, no experience is necessary.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Sketch ideas on paper, begin building armatures for giant lanterns out of wire and rattan)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Design and assemble more armatures, add support to existing forms)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Wrap armatures with clear tape and cheesecloth)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Continuing applying cheesecloth foundation layer, add white paper decoupage layers on fabric)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Continue to apply white paper base, begin planning color layout)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Apply layer of color)
 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Finish final layer of color and detail work)
 

The Procession

The sixth annual Morningside Lights procession will be an illuminated portrait of Harlem’s community gardens.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Family craft table
Down to Earth Farmers Market
(110th Street and Manhattan Avenue)
Families with children are invited to create their own small lanterns to carry in the procession.

7:00 PM

Rehearsal for lantern carriers
Morningside Park
(120th Street and Morningside Avenue)
Lanterns are assigned first-come, first-served beginning at 7:00 PM sharp.

8:00 PM

Procession begins in Morningside Park (116 Street & Morningside Avenue)
Meet at the start to walk in the procession, or join in anywhere along the route.
 

Morningside Lights Route Map

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