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Dillard visual arts students participate in Luna Fête

Visual arts students Emmanuel Bruins, Coraniquejuanae Jackson and Robyn Myres at Luna Fête. Photo: Eddie Francis/Dillard University.

December 15, 2022
Updated December 16, 2022
Contact: Danielle Miller,

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University’s visual arts students have created an animation that will be featured in Arts New Orleans’ Luna Fête. The event is December 15 – 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The student piece entitled, “Art Chief” (listed as the working title “Muriele and the Moonchief)” is located at the intersection of John Churchill Chase Street and Convention Center Boulevard in front of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Visual arts professor Patricia Bernstein and a team of three Dillard students:  Emmanuel BruinsCoraniquejuanae Jackson and Robyn Myres worked together to create the “Art Chief” animation. Bernstein describes the animation as an “exciting project” for she and her students. “We hope the story inspires other young artists to stay true to their creative voices and persevere through hardship,” Bernstein said.

Luna Fête is a visionary initiative created by the Arts News Orleans to demonstrate the power of art to transform communities. This free and open to the public festival of light, art, and technology celebrates New Orleans’ creative industries and provides a memorable experience for diverse event attendees. 

Since its inception in 2014, Luna Fête has presented some of the top light and projection based artists in the world, while simultaneously providing training to local artists to advance their capabilities to create large-scale and interactive art animated with light. More than 200 New Orleans artists and 60 youths have advanced their technical and artistic skills through this unique educational opportunity.

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