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Morningside Lights
The Secret Gardens

September 16, 2017 - September 23, 2017


The Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts present the sixth year of a favorite community tradition: Morningside Lights The Secret Gardens, a week of free community arts workshops culminates in a procession of handmade lanterns inspired by Harlem’s community gardens.

The 6th annual Morningside Lights, presented by the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, kicks off on Saturday, September 16 with the theme The Secret Gardens, inspired by Harlem's many community green spaces. Free lantern-building workshops will be hosted daily at Miller Theatre from September 16 – 22 (see below for times). The workshops culminate in an illuminated procession of community creations that will light up Morningside Park on Saturday, September 23.

Workshops are geared toward teens and adults, but children ages 10 and up are welcome if working with a participating adult. A family craft table geared toward younger children will be hosted at the Down to Earth Farmers Market in Morningside Park on Saturday, September 23.

When & where
Daily lantern-building workshops
Saturday September 16 – Friday September 22, 2017
Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway
New York

Family craft table at the Down to Earth Farmers Market
Saturday September 23, 2017 @ 11am – 2pm
Morningside Park, 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue
New York

Illuminated procession
Saturday September 23, 2017 @ 8p,
Begins in Morningside Park, 116 Street & Morningside Avenue
New York

Free admission / RSVP here
Harlem’s deep tradition of civic activism blossoms in the thriving gardens carefully cultivated in its many reclaimed spaces. This year’s theme invites participants to create lanterns inspired by these horticultural gems and the resourceful visionaries that tend them. Over the course of the week, visiting artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop will help participants imagine and design vibrant lanterns that evoke Harlem’s bountiful urban farms, flourishing fields of wildflowers, and beloved communal green spaces. Kahn and Michahelles will facilitate the production of the fleet of 75+ illuminated objects by teaching participants the artistic fabrication techniques needed to bring their ideas to life.

The Arts Initiative at Columbia University is a pioneering venture to make arts and culture a meaningful part of every Columbian's experience. Founded in 2004, the Arts Initiative’s diverse programs encourage students, faculty, and staff to experience the creative life of the campus, engage the cultural riches of New York City and the wider world, and create arts and performance. Under the auspices of the Arts Initiative, Columbia students, faculty, and staff attend cultural events across New York City, benefit from ticket discounts and subsidies, and connect to one another through the Arts Initiative’s vibrant programming. At its core, the Arts Initiative creates and facilitates opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange and is integral to the fabric of campus life. Its programs benefit from engagement with Columbia's world-class faculty, especially those of the School of the Arts, of which it is a part.
Miller Theatre at Columbia University is the leading presenter of new music in New York City and one of the most vital forces nationwide for innovative programming. In partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts, Miller is dedicated to producing and presenting unique events, with a focus on contemporary and early music, jazz, opera, dance, and multimedia performances. Over the past 25 years, Miller Theatre has helped launch the careers of myriad composers and ensembles, serving as an incubator for emerging artists and a champion of those not yet well known in the United States. A four-time recipient of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, Miller has built a reputation for attracting new and diverse audiences to programs highlighting underrepresented corners of the classical music repertoire. Over the past five years, Executive Director Melissa Smey has developed a variety of new programs designed to deepen community engagement with a commitment to free programming that has served over 11,000 audience members.




September 16, 2017
September 23, 2017
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Miller Theatre


Morningside Park
Morningside Dr
New York, NY 10026 United States
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