Who we are

The Michigan Light Project is a group of academics, industrialists, and artists who want to demonstrate the amazing aspects of light and energy in society as well as promote awareness that the State of Michigan is a worldwide hub of light-related industry, culture, and art.


The mission of the Michigan Light Project is to use the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)” as a catalyst to increase collaboration among artistic, industrial, and educational groups in addition to encouraging the local “economy of light” in Michigan.

Economy of Light – (n.) The collection of industries that use light and light-based technologies to produce and provide goods and services. Examples include optometrists, photographers, industrial laser manufacturers, and laser artists.

Background on IYL

Sponsored by the United Nations, the International Year of Light is a global initiative that will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society (http://www.light2015.org/Home.html). It is a unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale. A number of international scientific unions and the International Council of Science, including more than 100 partners from more than 85 countries, are planning activities. We want to bring IYL to Michigan in a dramatic way that highlights the unique collaborations between art and industry in Michigan.


Starting this summer, we propose to execute this mission through three complementary themes:

  • Art
    – Coordinate dynamic art installations that promote light and light-based technologies.
  • Education
    – Partner with local educational groups such as universities, museums, libraries and schools to encourage kids and adults alike to experience firsthand the role of light in science, art and their daily lives.
  • Industry
    – Seek industry sponsorship of education and artistic events, build connections for future collaborations.



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