8 Photos From the 11th Year of the Morningside Lights Lantern Processional in Morningside Heights

Morningside Lights entered its 11th year with workshops and an incandescent procession from Morningside Park to College Walk on Columbia's campus. 

Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly
September 27, 2022

It was the perfect fall night in Morningside Park on September 24, when hundreds of community members and Columbians joined together to "collectively build, display, and witness the illumination of the night with large one-of-a-kind handmade lanterns" in the annual affair known as Morningside Lights. This year, more than 2,500 people came out to see the 30+ lanterns made over the course of a week. 

The theme? "The Reimagined Monument," which centered on how we collectively memorialize. You can read more about the theme here. 

Morningside Lights is a co-production of Columbia University’s Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre and it is conceived of and directed by Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) under the direction of Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles.

In the week before the procession, Morningside Lights held a series of free workshops and lantern-building sessions to make the pieces of art on display during the procession. 

Below, check out a few photos from the lantern-building workshops and the procession. 

The best part? You can still check out the lanterns! They're on display in the lobby of The Forum from October 1 to October 31, 2022. You can always stop by during Manhattanville Community Day on October 22!

Thanks to all who came out for this beloved annual tradition. 

A family works on the wiring for a latern in Miller Theatre.
An aerial view of the Miller Theater stage with lanterns on it.
Participants with lanterns in Morningside Park
Lanterns on parade in Morningside Park.
People line up with lanterns on Morningside campus.
Lantern-bearers walk down Broadway.
Lanterns in front of Butler Library.

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