ARTS

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

The visual arts thrive in Mississippi 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.

MUSIC

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

Known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” Mississippi has literally shaped the course of modern music with its contributions to blues, jazz, rock, country and gospel.

Throughout the state, the markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail tell the stories of blues artists both renowned and obscure through words and images. From sprawling cotton fields and rustic train depots to cemeteries, clubs and churches, you’ll see firsthand how the people, places and culture around them influenced and shaped their music.

You can also follow the Mississippi Country Music Trail to discover the state’s boundless contributions to country music. Not confined to a region or defined by a single style or technique, the sounds of Mississippi country music are the soundtrack of the American South.

  • 21st Annual Art in the Pass

    April 7 @ 8:00 am - April 8 @ 5:00 pm

    This juried arts festival features more than 100 artists offering unique pieces in a variety of mediums.

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  • Juke Joint Festival

    April 12 @ 8:00 am - April 15 @ 5:00 pm

    Half blues festival, half small-town festival, and all about the Delta. This festival features 100 blues arts in Clarksdale.

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  • PEPSI POPS: Picnic in the Park

    May 11 @ 7:30 pm - May 11 @ 10:00 pm

    Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Pops Series Friday, May 11, 2018, 7:30pm-10:00pm Old Trace Park, Ridgeland Tickets $12&up ($5 student) at www.msorchestra.com or 601.960.1565 Details:  http://www.msorchestra.com/index.php/concerts-and-tickets/concert-info/PEPSI-POPS-Picnic-in-the-Park/ The Rez, picnics and pop tunes make this concert an annual family magnet to be enjoyed by blanket, lawn chair or boat. Our 37th annual Pepsi Pops promises a unique outdoor …

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  • Dave Matthews Band in Concert

    May 29 @ 6:30 pm - May 29 @ 10:00 pm

    DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Doors: 6:30 PM | Show: 8:00 PM

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  • Elvis Festival

    June 6 @ 8:00 am - June 10 @ 5:00 pm

    A musical celebration to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact of this music on the world.

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