The favorite neighborhood tradition, Morningside Lights, presented by the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, returned virtually this year with Harlem Night Song, inspired by Langston Hughes’ 1926 poem.
Ever since Morningside Lights first set off through Morningside Park nine years ago, the core mission has been to bring people together in a shared act of artistic expression. And while this year’s events were virtual, the common bond remained the same, and the results were just as awe-inspiring.
The Morningside Lights community digitally contributed their assembled text, images, and voices to create a shared work of art, allowing their lanterns to illuminate Hughes’ poem and embody its spirit of togetherness in dark times.
There were over 1,000 content submissions for this year’s event; those which were selected can be seen in the video below.