is a collection of original musical and visual art created by formerly homeless artists, inviting dialogue through performances in public spaces. In spring 2018, violin/vox/freestyle composition artist Mazz Swift and improviser/composer Sam Kulik conducted song writing workshops with 13 Lantern artists, resulting in new musical works featuring Swift, Kulik, Jessica Pavone, bass, and Rohin Khemani, drums.

During the same period, through Lantern’s partnership with MoMA, artist Kerry Downey led workshops interweaving poetry and art-making using cardboard strips.  Several of the songwriting participants also worked with Downey to generate ideas around lyric-writing. The individual pieces of cardboard art will be woven together to create a tapestry, a visual accompaniment to the musical performances.  The songs and tapestry will be introduced at a public performance in Washington Square Park on September 12, 2018, and be fully revealed at Lantern’s Art Showcase at ImageNation’s Raw Space on September 26, 2018 made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

Participants from MOBILIZE (2017)