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Allison Washington joins Mississippi Arts Commission

Allison Washington has joined the Mississippi Arts Commission as Special Initiatives Director.  She previously worked as the Music Trails Program Manager in the Division of Tourism with the Mississippi Development Authority for the last three years. She is a native of Jackson and a 2009 graduate from Belhaven University with a B.A. in Communications.

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Noted Mississippi painter Bucci dies at 92

RIDGELAND — Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, a celebrated Mississippi visual artist whose work spanned nearly eight decades, died Sunday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, after a brief illness. He was 92. A memorial service will be announced at a future date. His death was announced in a statement released today by the family. In recent years, Bucci was honored with ...

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Coast city replacing iconic mosaic that Katrina destroyed

WAVELAND — The City of Waveland is working to replace the signature mosaic that stood in front of City Hall until Hurricane Katrina destroyed it. WLOX-TV reports that artist Elizabeth Veglia is leading a community effort to create a new tile mosaic. Twenty-six community workshops have been held in the past five weeks to plan and design the mosaic. More ...

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Tom Pearson returning to state arts commission

Hattiesburg native Tom Pearson will return to Mississippi to head the state arts agency after a quarter-century in arts education and leadership in Florida. He starts Aug. 1. The Clarion-Ledger reports the 58-year-old Pearson has been named the executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission following a six-month search that netted 174 applicants nationwide. Pearson’s most recent position is arts ...

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Mississippi Arts Commission names Tom Pearson as its new executive director

JACKSON, Mississippi —  The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Board of Commissioners has named Dr. Tom Pearson, a native of Hattiesburg, as the agency’s new Executive Director. Pearson will begin his new position in early August, and will work with the Board and the 12 member staff to plan for the future of the agency. “After six months of diligent work ...

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State’s creative economy employs 64,000 people

Officials looking to add to sector Although creativity has abounded in Mississippi as long as anyone can remember, the concept of treating that creative force as part of the state’s economic development has been around only a few years. Discussions began in 2009 between the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The two state agencies partnered for a ...

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Malcolm White will be keeping the trail warm

Malcolm White will soon leave his post as executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission to become the director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s tourism division. White will start at the MDA in January. White, who owns of Hal and Mal’s, one of Jackson’s most popular eateries and bars, is a member of “The Culture Club,” a collection of state ...

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Kicker: Mississippi Craft Center named one of top 10 in country

Julia Daily, executive director, Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, has traveled around the country to visit art galleries and craft centers like the one she oversees, the Mississippi Craft Center. She has found that the work of Mississippi artists and craftsmen compares favorably to the best in the nation. “I would place our artisans up against any in the country,” Daily said. ...

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Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a contributing writer for the Mississippi ...

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New study touts Mississippi’s potential

The “creative economy” includes individuals such as artists, architects, chefs and professors, creative industries such as Peavey Electronics, Viking Range Corp., The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Ramey Agency and creative communities including Oxford, Clarksdale, Ocean Springs and Rolling Fork. The recent Mississippi Creative Economy study concludes that this segment represents approximately 61,000 jobs and just over three percent of the ...

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