Love is Light

Love is Light – the Lantern Project
June 14 - August 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Occidental Square Park
117 South Washington Street
Seattle, WA



Each Wednesday last summer, we invited the public to make two, solar-powered lanterns: one to keep and one to gift to an unhoused community member. This was an opportunity for Pioneer Square neighbors and visitors alike to come together in a collaborative, community art-making project.


Guest Teaching Artists

Path with Art had two guest teaching artists lead the Love is Light project.

Denise Henrikson has been making things and making things happen for longer than she can remember.  She was one of the early instigators of the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade and was on the team that was awarded Neighborhood Matching Funds to build the Fremont Troll.  ArtsAGlow, a lantern festival Denise launched in collaboration with the City of Burien in 2007, received the Spotlight Award for Excellent in Arts and Cultural Programming by Washington State Parks and Recreation in 2015.  During the ShellNo Campaign in Seattle, Denise coordinated the World Environment Day Luminary Flotilla with the Backbone Campaign.  Denise holds a MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She lives in Wests Seattle with her husband and daughter and a large school of illuminated wind Sockeye that traveled to the Paris Climate talks in 2015 to help amplify the voices of those who have no voice.

Susan Russell is an artist, Real Change vendor, and founding member of the artists’ collective, Love Wins Love.  After living on the streets of Seattle-King County off and on for over 10 years, she now lives in permanent housing and uses art, love, and light to build bridges between disparate communities.  Susan is a graduate of the Housing Alliance’s Emerging Advocates Program, the city of Seattle’s People’s Academy for Community Engagement, and SeaDruNar’s Behavioral Modification program.  Susan’s story has been featured in A Storytelling Project sponsored by Real Change News.


In the Media

Love is Light was covered in a Real Change News article. Read it here!


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