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lantern parade March 23, 2019 in the Boyle Street Neighbourhood

GLOW '19 launches FEBRUARY 17 @ NOON from the Nook

This year’s theme is: “Outer Space”. We want to invite you to create lanterns with us that engage in the celestial wonders of the universe. Imagine both possibilities and impossibilities of the cosmos in your lanterns. Examples include galaxies, extraterrestrial life, planets, spaceships, astronauts, suns, aurora borealis... just think of the possibilities!

WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US! FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR WORKSHOP TIMES AND LOCATIONS check out our FACEBOOK PAGE

GLOW is an illuminated night parade weaving through the Boyle Street neighbourhood, featuring enormous animated lanterns, handmade by the community.

During 2016’s Spring Equinox, Quarters Arts and the Boyle Street Community League (with support from the Edmonton Arts Council) launched GLOW, Edmonton’s first illuminated night parade. Over the twelve weeks leading up to the celebration, hundreds of volunteers including local artists, diverse community groups, and the students at Mother Teresa School, came together to dream, design, build, and then animate their hand made lanterns in our first annual walking parade. The parade’s theme was “Celestial,” and the lanterns were inspired by elements of our northern nights.

GLOW 2016 at Boyle Street Plaza

"When we establish human connections within the context of shared experience we create community wherever we go."

Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments on the Road

Grade Six Students at Mother Teresa Elementary School showing off their wonderful Dragon Lantern.

Sun lantern glowing at the 2016 festival.

Family of stars.

Owl LANTERN leading the parade down 103A Ave.

Ursa Major brightening the Armature and illuminating the since demolished Golden Nugget Hotel.

Heading Back to Boyle Street Plaza.

Why should you support Glow?

Glow is an opportunity to:

• Create a beautiful, community-grown festival unique to Boyle Street and The Quarters Downtown

• Promote social inclusion by removing financial barriers to participation.

• Engage with and generate pride within the area’s diverse communities

• Foster relationships among organizations, residents, artists, and businesses.

• Celebrate the health and vibrancy of our community.

• Demonstrate how art and artistic collaboration can empower, uplift, and unify.

"We need to shift our conversations from the problems of community to the possibility of community." - Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging

We had so much fun building lanterns in 2017 for our "Under A Prehistoric Sea" themed parade.

AND THE PARADE WAS thoroughly enjoyable!

ALL PHOTO CREDITS FOR GLOW 16&17: JESSICA FERN FAUCET PHOTOGRAPHY
GLOW18 "Migration" themed lanterns

Quarters Arts brings together local artists and community groups to form Lantern Float Teams that will be part of Quarters Arts Annual Parade GLOW during this years spring equinox.

Each team will be matched with a lead artist and collaborate with the group to explore this year’s theme, "OUTER SPACE". Teams will have access to space, instruction, and supplies.

Quarters Arts will hold scheduled lantern making workshops so community groups can build together, share, discuss their projects and challenges, and perhaps even inspire!

Quarters Arts respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis peoples.

Quarters Arts is a non-profit society helping to build a vibrant neighbourhood for the arts by engaging people through citizen-led arts projects and programs and honouring the heritage and diversity of the community we serve.

Since 2013, Quarters Arts has hosted free arts programming in the Quarters Downtown and Boyle Street, helping more than 1,800 people find their voice and share their stories.

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