APRIL 2019

APRIL 25, 2019

watercolor by Wyatt Waters

April 25, 2019 : : 11:30am-1pm

Architecture and Art : Mississippi’s Creative Economy
featuring Malcolm White
Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission

and special guests

Wyatt Waters
Southern artist and tv show co-host
with Robert St. John, Palate to Palette,
currently in its 4th season on MPB

Mickey Howley
Director, Water Valley Main Street
Co-owner, Bozart’s Gallery

Amy Ainsworth
Client Development Manager

Mississippi’s Creative Economy Program at the Mississippi Arts Commission helps represent the voice of creative people, businesses, and communities throughout the state. MAC works to empower and showcase our state’s creative sector as an important part of Mississippi’s economic development. When architecture is blended with public art, especially in the context of dilapidated buildings, the public begins to change its perception about the soul of a place. Neighbors feel drawn together as a part of a communal objective and generations are enticed to stay or return home.

Learn About

  • how other states have completed public art projects using abandoned buildings and revitalized a community’s sense of progress while enhancing the marketability of the structure itself.
  • how renowned artist and beloved TV show co-host, Wyatt Waters, studies the architecture of a place and sees how it shapes society – as well as how society shapes the place. Learn about his show currently airing its 4th season on MPB (see video below). Take an afternoon and binge-watch the series at PBS or on YouTube.
  • how Water Valley, Mississippi, became internationally known for its creative placemaking, garnering press and notariety nationwide as a leader in the Main Street and National Trust for Historic Preservation communities.

Malcolm White leads the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as Executive Director. He previously held the position from 2005 – 2012, after which he became director of Visit Mississippi. Since his return, he has partnered with other cultural organizations in the state to create the Mississippi Writers Trail which broke ground in September 2019. Prior to his tenure at MAC, he worked in the hospitality industry, running a popular restaurant and founding special events and festivals throughout the state.

A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is involved with South Arts as well as the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails. He is past chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission and the recipient of the 2009 Preserver of Mississippi Culture award. In 2015, he published Little Stories: A Collection of Mississippi Photos, a book of images he created from visits covering the state over several years, and in 2018, he released The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s, a collaboration with artist Ginger Williams about the people, the place, and the history of Hal & Mal’s, an iconic institution in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

    11:30 am Doors open, lunch orders begin | 12-1 pm Programming
    $20 Members and Guests / $10 AIA Emerging Professionals | 1 LU 
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    Albert’s at Parlor Market | 119 W Capitol Street | Jackson, MS
    Recommended Parking: Intersection of W Pearl and S Roach Streets (1 block from venue)
    Menu: Smothered pork chop, braised greens, roasted fingerling potatoes, comeback salad, desert & beverage
    Please email Amber if you have special dietary restrictions.

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    featuring Bill Bynum, CEO, Hope Enterprise Corp.
    and special guests 
    Andrew Mattiace (Lamar Life Building Developer), Emily Pote & Rucker Culpepper (Coffee Prose), Emily Roush-Elliott, AIA (Delta Design Build Workshop, and Trey McCoy (Cherokee Brick) 

    > Read more and see photos from the event

    February 28, 2019
    Human Scale Development & Equitable Growth in Jackson
    featuring Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Director, Jackson Department of Planning & Development
    and special guests 
    Mike Burton (The Westin – Jackson), Craig Carter (American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi),  Thomas Gregory (Carl Small Town Center & American Planning Association MS) and David Lewis (Arts Center Manager & Team JXN)

    > Read more and see photos from the event

    January 24, 2019
    Disaster Recovery & Good Samaritan Legislation
    featuring J. Scott Eddy, AIA, 2019 AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee Chair
    and special guests Rep. Cory Wilson (Mississippi House District 73, Madison), Curnis Upkins, III (Hinds County Economic Development Authority), John Cothron (Mississippi State Board of Architecture), Jordan Rae Hillman, AICP (City of Jackson, MS, Department of Planning & Development), Joel Waters (Mississippi Concrete Association)

    > Read more and see photos from the event


    After hosting Mississippi Celebrates Architecture at Albert’s at Parlor Market, we enjoyed the experience so much that we chose to make it the spot for our monthly luncheon. Each month we enjoy a custom menu dreamed up by their executive chef. If you have special dietary considerations, please mention it on your registration. We’re happy to accomodate you!

    $20 for an entree, two sides, salad, bread, beverage & dessert
    AND wonderful conversation with very smart colleagues