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Kids bring bright ideas to lantern art festival on Long Island

A 3-D art competition and festival on Long Island is offering a chance for young artists to shine.

LuminoCity, a light-art brand, announced the return of “Lumi’s Utopia” for this year’s LuminoCity Festival, in its third year at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

LuminoCity partnered with the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City where free workshops were hosted on April 23, April 25 and April 26 for young artists to explore traditional lantern making.

The students’ creations are entered into a drawing competition, so that children may see them transformed into stunning 3-D light sculptures showcased at this year’s LuminoCity Festival at Eisenhower Park.

“At Long Island Children’s Museum, we are dedicated to fostering community collaborations that not only educate but also empower our visitors to express their creativity,” said LICM President Erika Floreska. “It’s truly exciting to envision thousands of families witnessing our visitors’ ideas come to life as magnificent 3-D lanterns during the festival.”

In addition to submissions from the workshops, online submissions for the festival will be accepted until May 15. All winners will be selected and announced by July 1 online and on social media and will include five winners from online submissions and five from in-person workshops.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Long Island Children’s Museum audience to inspire young local artists to explore the art of lantern making,” said Xiaoyi Chen, LuminoCity’s founder. “After five years of hosting festivals in the area, we are dedicated to growing our relationships with visitors and local businesses.”

The winners’ 3-D light sculptures will be exhibited from Nov. 8, 2024 through Jan. 4, 2025.

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