With ballets, writers, painters and potters galore, Mississippi is one of America’s most fertile creative regions. Literary giants like Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Richard Wright and Eudora Welty all hail from our state, as well as contemporary literary figures like John Grisham, Jesmyn Ward, Natasha Trethewey and Richard Ford. Mississippi may have more established writers per capita than any other state in the nation.
The visual arts thrive in Mississippi as well, with noted artists such as Walter Anderson, Marie Hull, George Ohr, Caroline Compton and William Hollingsworth forming the bedrock of Mississippi's artistic heritage. A multitude of contemporary and visionary artists hail from Mississippi, too, including William Dunlap, Ethel Wright Mohammed and Gwendolyn Magee. Our state has also been a defining force in the world of pottery, most notably in long-standing, family-owned pottery businesses like Shearwater on the Gulf Coast and McCarty's in the Delta.
In the realm of performing arts, Mississippi is home to the International Ballet Competition, and many of our colleges and universities house exceptional dance and performance programs.
For those who wish to experience the richness of Mississippi culture, two trail programs have been developed to help visitors navigate the wealth of our musical heritage: the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Country Music Trail.