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Creative economy hitting the road

For those who missed last August’s pioneering Creative Economy Summit in Jackson, there is good news. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) are bringing the show on the road.

Beginning tomorrow, the MDA and MAC will host five Creative Economy Road Show events in regions throughout the state.

From Mississippi’s artists, artisans, writers, architects and designers, to its museums, art galleries, bookstores and advertising agencies, the state’s creative people and institutions generate significant wealth for the state’s economy. The five Creative Economy Road Show events will provide attendees with a better understanding of the state’s creative economy, as well as ideas on ways they can support and grow the creative economy at a local level.

During the Aug. 10 event in Jackson when the groundbreaking creative economy report was unveiled, MAC executive director Malcolm White, Gov. Haley Barbour and other speakers talked about the state’s untapped potential in the creative economy. They stressed that while many communities in rural Mississippi find it hard, if not impossible, to compete for the Toyotas and Nissans of the world, they can be players in the creative economy.

Each event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. The dates and locations are:

• Nov. 29 – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston

• Nov. 30 –Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven

• Dec. 1 – Meridian Community College

• Dec. 7 – Delta State University in Cleveland

• Dec. 8 – Itawamba Community College in Belden

The Creative Economy Road Show events are offered at no cost to participants, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information about Mississippi’s creative economy, visit www.mscreativeeconomy.com.

Wrapping up his keynote speech at the Aug. 10 summit, Barbour said, “We have to get people to come to Mississippi. And, when they come we have to sell them something, feed them something and sing them something.”

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