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Annual Favorite Morningside Lights Returns September 21


“If you’re a fan of the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, you’ve probably wondered how those amazing puppets
are created and brought to life. This weekend is your chance not just to see behind the scenes but also to
participate in the process.”  –The New York Times 

“Each fanciful structure embodied its creators’ ebullient dreams. Assembled into a city of light when the parade finally took shape, the lanterns formed a collective vision of urban life in all its creative diversity.” –Examiner.com

The Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre
at Columbia University School of the Arts

present the eighth year of a favorite community tradition:


This year's theme:


September 21, 2019

Morningside Lights returns, illuminating the night in a sea of blue light as part of a procession of awe-inspiring handmade lanterns floating through Morningside Park to Columbia’s campus, as part of Columbia University’s Year of Water.

This free neighborhood tradition includes a week of workshops prior to the procession to create the “island” lanterns.

Concept and direction by PROCESSIONAL ARTS WORKSHOP

Daily Lantern-Building Workshops: Sept. 14–20

Miller Theatre at Columbia University (116th St. and Broadway)

Family Craft Table at the Down to Earth Farmers Market: 
Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Morningside Park (110th St. and Manhattan Ave.)

Illuminated procession: Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m.
Begins in Morningside Park (116 St. & Morningside Ave.)

All events are free and open to the public
Sign up at morningside-lights.com

The 8th annual MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS, presented by the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, returns with the theme Island, a luminous archipelago comprised of 50+ community-built lanterns. Each one will be a unique, personal reflection on idyllic solitude or urgent interdependency, rising tides or vanishing landscapes, utopias or dystopias, abundance or scarcity. In a community procession through Morningside Park, the glowing islands will set forth through the darkness—a shared vision to remind us that, in the end, none of us is an island. Morningside Lights is part of Columbia University’s Year of Water.

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Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

Directions and information are available online at morningside-lights.com or at 212.851.9574.

For photos, please contact Lauren Bailey Cognetti, 212/854-1633;