Morningside Lights



morningside lights

processional arts workshop

arts initiative

miller theatre


press coverage



The artists and producers of Morningside Lights are available for interviews, and members of the press are welcome to attend, participate in, and cover the procession and workshops with advance permission. Photos and b-roll are available upon request, both before and after the event.


For further information, press passes, and to arrange interviews, please contact Aleba Gartner at Aleba & Co: 212/206-1450 or


For photos and video, please contact the Arts Initiative at Columbia University: 212/851-9574 or


2017: Harlem One Stop: Morningside Lights

2014: Columbia Explores Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey



9/12/17 — Hyperallergic:  Light Up Morningside Park with Handmade Lanterns

9/27/15 — BWOG:  Big Lights, Big City

9/28/14 — EPOCH TIMES: ‘Black Odyssey’ Returns to Harlem Through Morningside Lights Procession

9/22/13 — BWOG: The Luminous Deep Takes Over Morningside Park

9/12/13 — TIME OUT NEW YORK: 50 things to do in New York City with kids Fall 2012 (Critics' Pick)

09/19/12 — TIME OUT NEW YORK: Morningside Lights' free art classes and parade



8/08/2017 — MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS returns 9/16-9/23; giant lanterns built by community to illuminate Morningside Heights (theme: Harlem’s Secret Gardens)

8/16/2016 — MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS 2016 to illuminate Morningside Heights, Sept. 17-24

8/20/2015 — MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS 2015 to Illuminate Morningside Heights This September

08/04/14 — MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS 2014 highlights artistry of Harlem and Morningside Heights with weeklong creative workshops and illuminated procession, Sept. 20-27

08/07/13 — Announcing MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS 2013--weeklong lantern & music workshops culminate in spectacular parade, 9/21

07/30/12 — The Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts announce "MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS"