Morningside Lights: Flight kicks off on September 4, 2018, joining with The Audubon Society to recognize 2018 as the Year of the Bird. Participants are invited to help create lanterns evoking the power and the precariousness of migration on a changing planet. Flight honors the resilience and hope of populations on the move—avian and human—and celebrates the vitality and diversity that migrations have always brought to New York.
Artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) return to Columbia's campus to lead free public lantern-building sessions, as we once again gather to illuminate the nightscape of Morningside Park. Kahn and Michahelles will facilitate the production of the fleet of dozens of illuminated objects by teaching participants the artistic techniques needed to bring their ideas to life.
At Morningside Lights workshops, lantern building is a collaborative process — and the collaboration is part of the fun! Each day's workshop activities are a step in the process as our lanterns take shape from idea to final product. 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.
The week will culminate on Saturday, September 8 with a flock of animated and illuminated birds filling the night sky.
Morningside Lights: Flight
On September 8, a flock of animated and illuminated birds will fill the night sky. Carrying suitcases, these birds evoke the power and precariousness of migration on a changing planet. Flight honors the resilience and hope of populations on the move—avian and human—and celebrates the vitality and diversity that migrations have always brought to New York.
SEPTEMBER 4-7, 2018
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
Family craft table, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Morningside Lights Procession, 8 p.m.