Arts and Culture

January 2017

Inland Mississippi adds creative flair to events

by Carolyn Blackburn

  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson


    Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson

    Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
  • Art & Soul festival, Greenwood


    Art & Soul festival, Greenwood

    Art & Soul festival, Greenwood
  • Greenwood Little Theatre, Greenwood


    Greenwood Little Theatre, Greenwood

    Greenwood Little Theatre, Greenwood

Among the top arts experiences in Greenwood is a visit to the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, where according to Danielle Morgan, executive director of the Greenwood CVB, Mississippi artwork combines with local, military and agricultural history and an impressive collection of Native American artifacts to create a museum that has something for everyone.

“This is where your discovery of the Delta begins,” she said. “This is a great activity for a group, and it’s a museum that can be explored without needing a whole day. They also have meeting space.”

Groups might also enjoy an outing at Painting with Friends, which offers instructor-led art classes.

“It’s all about getting social and having a great time while you create your own unique masterpiece that you take home at the end of the class,” said Morgan, who added supplies—canvas, easel, paint, brushes, apron—are included. “It’s a great group activity that will foster camaraderie through creativity.”

Groups are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages to share during the class. The third annual Art & Soul festival, which will take place this October, is another experience that mingles art and food. The two-day event is hosted by ArtPlace Mississippi and features artists, musicians and chefs from across the state.  

Also in Greenwood is Turnrow Book Co., an independent bookstore that has a little gallery upstairs called Turnrow Gallery, which showcases Southern folk and fine art, and Greenwood Little Theatre, which stages a variety of performances throughout the year.

In Meridian, the arts scene is heavy on music and performing arts.

The Jimmie Rodgers Museum explores the life of the “father of country music” and elsewhere in Meridian groups will find several markers of the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The city also touts the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for those groups that prefer classical music. Performances of pieces by Dvorak and Beethoven are scheduled for this month and May, respectively.

The MSO performs at the Mississippi State University Riley Center, where the lineup of performances also includes rock and jazz concerts, dance recitals, musicals and plays. The center also has conference facilities to accommodate meetings and other group events.

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