Apr 8, 2011 9:48 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Manitou Springs will glow tonight

You will see yellow submarines, ladybugs, flamingos and many more shapes parading in Manitou Springs tonight.

Kids from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Manitou Springs Middle School, along with one grade of students from Manitou Springs High School, have spent countless hours making lanterns of all shapes and sizes to showcase in their 4th annual Lantern Parade.

The kids worked with visiting artists from "Concrete Couch" to build the large-scale glowing lanterns.

"This is a really good thinking process to make kids think in 3D," says art teacher, Denise Stageman.

One of the perks of the project says 7th grader, Rachael Cramer, "You get to see what other people are doing and, then like, you get to create your own thing. You don't have to follow this book on, like, first put this here. You get to create your own thing and you don't have to follow rules."

The only rule the kids had to follow was to shape their lanterns into something that exists in the sea or sky.

"Kids feel a great sense of accomplishment and it's great when you get the community involved," says Stageman.

The project is a combined effort between Concrete Couch, MS District 14, The Business of Art Center, and Partners for Health Choices.

The parade begins at Soda Springs Park and ends at Mansions Park in Manitou Springs.

The parade starts at 8 p.m. tonight.


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