Want to know more about us, our team, and our goals? Check out some coverage of the inaugural Mississippi Light Festival!  

               Photo Courtesy of Imani Khayyam

               Photo Courtesy of Imani Khayyam

"Mississippi can improve by recognizing the great things about the place," she says. "... The people make up for any negative aspects of living here." 

                       Photo Courtesy of Justin Sellers

                       Photo Courtesy of Justin Sellers

"The downtown Jackson festival, set for Feb. 24 and 25, will become one of the nation’s first light festivals, which tap into a global collaboration of science and artists, to promote the need for more STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in Mississippi."

                      Photo Courtesy of Justin Sellers

                      Photo Courtesy of Justin Sellers

"Using inspiration from Enlightenment thinkers Thomas Newton and Johann Goethe, combined with artists Christian Marclay and James Turrell — and through guidance from Lane — White has created a pair of installations that will be on display in the Arts Center of Mississippi, located next to the Mississippi Museum of Art."

"It's showcasing innovation--Mississippian innovation, most importantly--in art and technology, and we're doing this through light because the world of light is beautiful, fun, interactive, and just wonderful. We are all moths, and we're all going to the light."

                      Photo Courtesy of Ria Bennett

                      Photo Courtesy of Ria Bennett

"As of press time, more than 100 local artists have already signed up to take part in the festival, collaborating on projects such as light-based sculptures, wall projections, costumes, furniture, deejay performances with light shows set to music, and three-dimensional projection mapping, which involves putting a large-scale projection around an entire building to make it appear to change form."

                        Photo Courtesy of  Michael Barrett

                        Photo Courtesy of  Michael Barrett

"Now, I am solely focusing on Mississippi Light Collaborations, a non-profit organization I founded this year, which showcases Mississippian art and technology through the wonderful platform of light. We are a group of one hundred creatives; artists to programmers, scientists to carpenters, and always welcoming new people who would like to collaborate with those having different skills sets."

                   Photo Courtesy of Imani Khayyam

                   Photo Courtesy of Imani Khayyam

"Artists from around the state and world who use light as a medium will take part in the festival, including Erin Hayne and Nuno Ferreira, who own Jackson business NunoErin (533 Commerce St.).

Hayne and her husband started NunoErin in 2012. The couple designs interactive decor, games, wall panels and furniture that utilize light, sound and touch-sensitive technology. Hayne said their pieces are aimed at families with children, as well as restaurants, health-care facilities and shopping centers."

"In Europe, these light festivals are big. They're really really popular. It's a great celebration of innovation in technology and art through this beautiful, interactive, fun, stunning world of light."