The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) New England Chapter seeks college and university student volunteers to participate in a guerilla lighting event at the WaterFire festival in Providence, RI on 24 September. For the past few years, IALD New England has had the pleasure of lighting select public monuments surrounding the festival. This year, IALD will add a team-based guerilla lighting component to further engage the WaterFire audience – and we need your help!

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE IALD The IALD is a global association founded in 1969 and dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional architectural lighting designers. We strive to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers around the world. The IALD’s vision statement is “to create a better world through leadership and excellence in lighting design; to cultivate the universal acknowledgement and appreciation of the Power of Light in human life.”

ABOUT GUERILLA LIGHTING “Guerilla lighting” is an open-source lighting activity where participants design temporary, site-specific light installations that demonstrate the power of light to transform spaces. Visit to see more.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED This year’s LightNight@WaterFire will feature collaborations demonstrating the science and art of lighting while promoting lighting design and its power to transform spaces. Students and local lighting design professionals will form three teams to light three pre-selected locations. The IALD will provide lighting components and gear, furnished by lighting manufacturers.

This will be an all-day event; the teams will meet in the morning and work throughout the day on 24 September to create bespoke lighting schemes for that night. As the sun sets and WaterFire begins, the teams will put the final touches on their designs. A panel of lighting design professionals will be on hand to share impressions of each guerrilla lighting design.
Any students interested in using light to enhance, influence or alter the built environment are invited to participate.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kathy Abernathy, FIALD, of Abernathy Lighting Design at +1 401 233 4412 or Evelyn Audet of Evelyn Audet Lighting Design at +1 401 435 3688. Space is limited – so RSVP now!