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Mississippi Arts Hour

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Each week, members of MAC's staff host The Mississippi Arts Hour, a radio program broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting's FM and digital radio networks. The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Each week, members of MAC's staff host The Mississippi Arts Hour, a radio program broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting's FM and digital radio networks. The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Location:

Jackson, MS

Description:

Each week, members of MAC's staff host The Mississippi Arts Hour, a radio program broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting's FM and digital radio networks. The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English

Contact:

6014326364


Episodes

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Silbrina Wright

4/18/2021
Melody Moody Thortis speaks to Silbrina Wright, executive director of the Greater Jackson Arts Council (GJAC) about her work at the intersection of the arts and social justice. They talk about the efforts of the Greater Jackson Arts Council to grow its programming and expand its work. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:45:58

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Victoria Meek

4/11/2021
Leslie Barker talks with visual artist and Mississippi Arts Commission Special Initiatives Director, Victoria Meek. They discuss Victoria’s love of museums and how they helped spark her passion for art at an early age. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:46:53

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Robert Stone

4/4/2021
Larry Morrisey talks with photographer and folklorist Robert Stone about "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus!" his new book of photographs documenting the "sacred steel" music tradition. A group of African American churches use the steel guitar as their lead instrument. The churches are found throughout the eastern half of the US, including in north Mississippi. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:43:07

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Benjamin Saulsberry

3/28/2021
Sarah Story talks with Benjamin Saulsberry, museum director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner. The two speak about the Emmett Till story and the work of the Interpretive Center. The Center was recently awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support racial healing efforts and strategic planning to coordinate the preservation of the Mamie and Emmett Till story across the Mississippi Delta and in Chicago. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:44:45

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Jay Jurden

3/21/2021
Leslie Barker talks with her former student, Jay Jurden. Jay is a comedian, actor, and writer who was named one of the Comedians You Should and Will Know in 2020 by Vulture. He has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Featuring, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and HBO's High Maintenance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:47:22

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Von Gordon

3/14/2021
Melody Moody Thortis speaks to Von Gordon, the Youth Engagement Manager at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation about his work to use the arts as a tool to connect and empower young people across the state. They discuss the Winter Institute’s new Community of the Future Creatives Showcase contest, which serves as a way for middle and high school students across Mississippi to use the arts as a way to process the events of the past year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy...

Duration:00:46:33

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Christopher James Ray

3/8/2021
Larry Morrisey visits with opera conductor Christopher James Ray. Ray is the resident conductor at Opera San Jose and a native of Sumrall, Mississippi. They talk about Ray's career and his recent work conducting a production of the opera "Three Decembers" that was presented virtually and has received a lot of favorable press in the opera community. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:42:16

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Ryan Dennis

3/1/2021
Sarah Story speaks with curator Ryan Dennis about the newly opened Dusti Bongé exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Widely considered to be the first Mississippi artist to work consistently in a Modernist style, the exhibition includes works from throughout Dusti Bongé's career. Visitors will be able to experience her paintings, works on paper, and sculptures as well as see the influences of Bongé’s life in different stages. Image description: Dusti Bongé, Void 6 (detail). 1982, Oil...

Duration:00:46:29

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Governor's Arts Awards

2/22/2021
Highlights of the annual Governor's Arts Awards ceremony. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:53:46

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Jesmyn Ward

2/15/2021
Leslie Barker talks with this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards honoree for Excellence in Literature, Jesmyn Ward. The first woman to win the National Book Award twice, a recipient of a McArthur Genius Grant, and one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018, Ward’s writing pulls deeply from her Mississippi roots. It’s a conversation about storytelling, community, education, and life in DeLisle, Mississippi Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...

Duration:00:48:15

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Raphael Semmes

2/8/2021
Melody Moody Thortis talks with Raphael Semmes, who is being recognized this year with a Governor’s Arts Award as a Cultural Ambassador. Raphael is a lifelong musician, songwriter and event organizer based in Jackson who has contributed to the music and festival scene across the state for decades. His creation of the song, "Feels like coming home" was recorded for Visit Mississippi as a reminder of all the positive attributes of our state. Photo © Portico, by James Patterson See...

Duration:00:43:16

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Arthur Jafa

2/1/2021
Sarah Story interviews the Governor’s Arts Awards recipient for Excellence in Media Arts, Arthur Jafa. An acclaimed artist, film maker and cinematographer, Jafa has worked to address African American identity through contemporary imagery for the past three decades. The two discuss Jafa’s early years in Clarksdale and Tupelo, films and comic books that influenced him, his time at Howard University as well as upcoming film projects, some of which may take place in Mississippi. Photograph by...

Duration:00:46:19

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Nellie McInnis

1/25/2021
Larry Morrisey talks with 2021 Governor’s Arts Award recipient Nellie McInnis (aka Nellie Mack). McInnis is a Jackson-based bass player and band leader. She has played with several legendary Mississippi blues and R&B musicians and currently leads a number of groups. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:43:30

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Benjamin Wright

1/18/2021
Leslie Barker talks with GRAMMY award-winning musician and this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement honoree, Benjamin Wright. Wright, a native of Greenville, shares stories about his work with Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind & Fire, Justin Timberlake, and countless other musical legends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:38:03

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Tutwiler Quilters

1/11/2021
As part of The Mississippi Arts Commission’s series of interviews featuring the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards, Melody Moody Thortis focuses on the work of the Tutwiler Quilters; known nationally for their quilts, potholders, placemats and purses. During the pandemic, the group transitioned to making masks for local hospitals and others in need. This year the Tutwiler Quilters are being honored for the Arts in Community and on behalf of the quilters, Melody spoke to the...

Duration:00:34:12

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Mississippi Folklife

1/4/2021
Larry Morrisey and his Arts Commission colleague Maria Zeringue discuss the online publication Mississippi Folklife; a MAC project documenting the state’s present-day cultural heritage. Three Mississippi Folklife contributors are featured. Vish Shenoy, a sitar player based in Clinton, MS; Addie Citchens, the author of two essays about Clarksdale and Oxford-based artist, Lee Harper, creator of a diorama project called History Bones. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:46:12

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Brian Foster

12/28/2020
Sarah Story, the new Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, interviews sociologist and storyteller Dr. Brian Foster about his new book “I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place & the Backbeat of Black Life.” An account of Foster’s five years of research in Clarksdale, the book explores the life of Black citizens, their relationship to the blues and blues tourism, and the inequalities that still exist in the rural South. They also discuss his path to becoming a sociologist, the...

Duration:00:42:35

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Leah Kemp

12/14/2020
Melody Moody Thortis speaks with Leah Kemp, Director of the Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center at Mississippi State University in Starkville. The Center is a community design center on the campus of MSU where they provide a range of design and planning services for small towns across Mississippi. Melody and Leah talk about how community centric programming continues to change and adapt during the pandemic as well as the new and innovative ways that people and communities are finding to gather...

Duration:00:41:06

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Jerre Dye

12/7/2020
Leslie Barker interviews playwright and librettist, Jerre Dye. Jerre is a recipient of the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ Award for Dramatic Literature. His work has been seen at venues such Chicago Opera Theater and the Kennedy Center. From Faulkner and Welty to his childhood in Amory, Jerre talks about how Southern stories and his deep Mississippi roots always find their way into his work. Photo credit: Joe Mazza at Brave Lux Inc. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:47:50

The Mississippi Arts Hour | Sarah Story

11/30/2020
Larry Morrisey visits with Sarah Story, the new executive director at MAC. Story is a Jackson native with family roots throughout the state. She has worked at visual arts museums throughout the south and has just returned home to lead the Commission. They talk about her artistic journey and what areas she wants to explore at MAC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:46:31