september, 2021

Morningside Lights

Event Details

The Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre

at Columbia University School of the Arts

present the tenth year of a beloved tradition that connects community through art


This year’s theme is inspired by the intersection of Shakespeare and Duke Ellington,
exploring the spirit of play while finding meaning within collective traditions.

“Play On!”

Free as always • Virtual this year

Concept and direction by PROCESSIONAL ARTS WORKSHOP
Through distribution of “make-your-own” lantern kits, plus video tutorials
and virtual workshops, the public will collectively illuminate the night
with their one-of-a-kind lanterns, bringing light and life back to public space.

September 9-11, 2021
“Create your own lantern at home” kits will be distributed to registrants
at a socially-distanced pick-up location outside of Miller Theatre.

Watch the Video Celebration: Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Tune in to to watch the live premiere of the video celebration that includes user-generated content of the lantern-making process.

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From Melissa Smey, Executive Director
Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre:
“We started Morningside Lights ten years ago with the goal of bringing communities together through art. This amazing project continues to exceed expectations in facilitating creativity and connections within our neighborhood and beyond. I am thrilled to join in the year-long campus celebration of Duke Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder” with our own Shakespearean theme of “Play On!” I hope you join us in playing and creating magic together.”


Month Long Event (september)


Miller Theater

2960 Broadway at West 116th Street


Columbia University School of the Arts