Morningside Lights: The Reimagined Monument
Concept and Direction by Processional Arts Workshop
Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, artistic directors
The beloved neighborhood tradition of shaping our stories in light returns, in person for the first time since 2019. Starting on September 17, Miller Theatre opens its doors for a week of free lantern-building workshops, culminating in a magical illuminated procession through Morningside Park.
The theme of the 11th Morningside Lights is centered around how we memorialize. The Reimagined Monument is a timely invitation to the community of makers to rethink the convention of public statuary, creating their own monuments to speak to the current moment, shared past, and hopes for the future.
The public can learn more or sign up to help create lanterns at morningside-lights.com
Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 8 PM
The Morningside Lights procession begins in Morningside Park at 116th Street and Morningside Avenue at 8 PM. Meet at the start to walk in the procession, or join in anywhere along the route. The route is approximately one mile in length, and arrives on the Columbia campus around 8:45 PM.
If you wish to carry a lantern, arrive at 7 PM for rehearsal at 120th Street and Morningside Avenue. The artists encourage you to wear blues, black, and/or white to best reflect the blue glow of the lanterns.
For those bringing a Nano-Lantern, join us at the lantern staging area at 120th and Morningside Avenue starting at 7 PM and we’ll provide you with a light source and a bamboo stick to make your hanging lantern glow.
Lanterns are assigned first-come, first-served beginning at 7 PM sharp.