Update: Lantern Festival postposed due to weather concerns. A new date will be announced
MONTCLAIR, NJ – Calling all volunteers for the second annual Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance on Friday, May 20th from 7-9pm (Rain Date: May 21, 2022). Join AAPI Montclair for an evening of healing, remembrance, and solidarity with fellow community members, with performances, speakers, family friendly activities and more. Adult volunteers can sign up here at AAPI Montclair Lantern Festival: Adult Volunteer Sign Up and youth volunteers can sign up here at AAPI Montclair Lantern Festival: Youth Volunteer Sign Up. For students who are looking for community service opportunities for credits, this event will qualify as two hours of credit.
This year’s festival will begin with speakers such as Assemblywoman Ellen Park (the first Korean-American woman elected to NJ State legislature), NJISJ’s Jean-Pierre Brutus (Senior Counsel, Economic Justice Program) and local faith leaders. There will be performances by SMAPA Performance Workshop Ensemble, Passing Notes (a student run a capella group), APEX Ensemble, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit Montclair Art Museum’s craft station for kids, view artwork from artist Ling Chen, who will also do a live painting, check out ceramics from Pinch of Clay and Woo Ceramics, and visit community partner tables to learn more about how they can fight hate, build community, and engage in social justice work.
Beginning at 8pm, there will be musician stations throughout the park featuring Jazz House Kids, Amanda McCabe and Passing Notes. Attendees can grab dinner from one of several food vendors such as Little Pizza Heaven, Brick Lane, Kapamilya, Twelve, Kimchi Smoke or Ann’s Catering and dessert from Urban Leaf Cafe and Guerriero Gelato.