Lantern Walk

Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm! 

The Lantern Walk is inspired by the story of African American families who built their homes in the historic Barry Farm / Hillsdale neighborhoods by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work. We heard this story from a number of Ward 8 residents and our Arts Task Force, who came up with the idea to create this event.

Create a lantern at one of the upcoming workshops and join us for an evening of performances celebrating the community!

Presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts.
Supported by ArtPlace America, The Kresge Foundation and the Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative, generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

Partners: 11th Street Bridge Park's Arts Task Force, Anacostia Arts Center, ArtReach, Capitol Riverfront BID, The Phillips Collection, Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council, We Act Radio  


Event Schedule

6:30 pm Lantern-Making Workshop @ The Yards Park
7:30 pm Lantern Walk from The Yards Park to the Anacostia Arts Center
8:30 pm Celebration and DJ Party @ the Anacostia Arts Center

Event Performances

Curated by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative

The Yards Park
National Symphony Orchestra Brass Trio
Zeyu Victor Li  
Daisha Martin 
SongRise DC
Tech Prep Titant, Directed by Keith Killgo    ​
African Heritage Dancers and Drummers     

Anacostia Arts Center
Crush Funk Brass Band
Alcione Amos, Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Playback Theatre 

Download the event flyer: PDF icon Lantern Walk Flyer.pdf


Volunteer Opportunities

The Yards Park Shift 2: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Shift location: Arris (1331 4th Street SE - Next to Philz Coffee)
Roles: Motivators / directional / informational assistance, workshop assistance, breakdown

Anacostia Arts Center Shift: 7 pm – 10 pm
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Shift location: Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE)
Roles: Table set-up, Bridge Park table, artist wrangling, welcome committee, decoration assistance, shuttle assistance


Getting There

The Lantern Walk is approx. a 30 minute / 1.2 mile walk.

Starting Point: The Yards Park (355 Water Street SE)

Navy Yard (green line). Exit toward M Street SE.

ABM The Yards Parking (285 Tingey Street SE) 
The Yard Lot L (1301-1399 3rd Street SE)
Colonial Parking (300 M Street SE)

Ending Point: Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE)

Anacostia (green line). Exit and then walk along Howard Road SE. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Ave SE. Walk down Martin Luther King Ave SE (approx. 10min) and turn right onto Good Hope Road SE.

Colonial Parking (1210 Good Hope Road SE)

Shuttle Service (every 15 mins.)

Anacostia Arts Center to Yards Park (drop-off in front of Jubilee Ice Cream)
6:00 pm, 6:15 pm, 6:30 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:00 pm

Yards Park (pick-up in front of Jubilee Ice Cream) to 11th Street Bridge (drop-off at 11th Street & O Street SE) or at Anacostia Arts Center
7:30 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:15 pm

Anacostia Arts Center to Yards Park (drop-off in front of Jubilee Ice Cream)
8:00 pm, 8:15 pm, 8:30 pm, 8:45 pm, 9:00 pm, 9:15 pm, 9:30 pm, 9:45 pm, 10:00 pm

Lantern-Making Workshops

All Workshops Are FREE!

Thursday, September 1 (6 pm - 8 pm) before the The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (movie starts at 8:15pm @ Canal Park - 200 M Street SE)
Partner: Capitol Riverfront BID

Saturday, September 10 (12 pm - 4 pm) at Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Fort Place SE) Family Day Festival
Partner: Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

Saturday, September 17 (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm) at The Yards Park (355 Water Street SE)
Partner: Capitol  Riverfront BID

The Migration Series

Photo Credit: Meredith Hanafi 

The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

Step Afrika!
Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir
Friday, September 30, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
UDC Theater of the Arts (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW)


Jacob Lawrence’s iconic series of paintings charting African American migrants’ move from the South to the North in the early 1900s comes to life through dance, spoken word, body percussion, and music.

Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and Step Afrika! Made possible through the support of Altria, Patricia and Lloyd Howell, and Reginald Van Lee. The commissioned choreography is also made possible by Reginald Van Lee. The Honorable Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, is the honorary patron of this event. Special thanks to the Phillips Collection.

Photo Credit: Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 3: From every southern town migrants left by the hundreds to travel north., 1940–41, Casein tempera on hardboard, 12 x 18 in. The Phillips Collection, Acquired 1942 © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Phillips Collection 
1600 21st Street NW
(Dupont Circle Metro, Q Street Exit)

The Phillips Collection reunites all 60-panels of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence’s seminal masterwork depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between the World Wars. Shaped by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this exhibition provides multiple perspectives on the historical, literary, socio-cultural, aesthetic, and contemporary manifestations of migration that underlie Lawrence’s powerful visual narrative. This exhibition is accompanied by an interactive website, which will publish first-hand accounts from the artist as well as contemporary perspectives. The website, along with a variety of community events, will further engage visitors in the multifaceted story of the Great Migration from the rich perspectives of visual culture, music, theater, and poetry.  

The exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The exhibition is presented by Altri
Generous support is provided by Elaine Reuben
Additional in-kind support is provided by Farrow & Ball


Join Us At the Lantern Walk!






Press Information

Media Contacts: 

Shahara Anderson-Davis

11th Street Bridge Park

202.889.5901 x207


Amanda Sweet

Washington Performing Arts



Press Release

Media Advisory 

DCist Lantern Walk recap article

 “What makes this bridge project so exciting is that it quite literally bridges that major divide in the city.”

Philip Pannell, Anacostia Coordinating Council