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Chatting with the Champ

May 22, 2012 by Kristen Dupard, 2012 Poetry Out Loud National Champion 2012 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Kristen Dupard recites during the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 15, 2012. Photo by James Kegley Kristen Dupard has had quite a busy May! Not only did she go stanza a stanza—so to speak—with 52 […]

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Postcard from North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia (Part One)

May 17, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am in Greensboro with Linda Carlisle, Jim Gallucci of Jim Gallucci Sculptor Ltd. who designed the gates for the project, Scott Richardson of Light Designs Form who was the lighting designer for the project, and Chuck Cornelio President of Retirement Services for Lincoln Financial Group. You can […]

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Art Flows Through the Mississippi Delta

May 7, 2012 By Rebecca Gross A student leaps during a dance workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi, held by Ailey II member Shirley Black Brown (seated). Photo by Panny Mayfield With a long history of poverty, poor education levels, and dismal health statistics, the Mississippi Delta region is accustomed to making do with meager resources. But […]

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When Working Together is as Important as the Work (from The pARTnership Movement)

Where we live is important to each of us. It is a key part of our identity. It’s a source of pride, even if our hometown is the punch line to a joke. Is it really the good schools, parks, and access to shopping centers that make us live where we live? Many people find […]

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Cultivating Creativity

October 25, 2011 by Malcolm White, Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Malcolm White. Photo by Susan Dobbs Fall in Mississippi brings to mind many things: the waning days of heat and humidity, another year of SEC rivalries, harvest season in the Delta soil and, this year, creativity, innovation, and opportunity. […]

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Coping with Mother Nature: Emergency Relief & Readiness

Nearly a month has passed since Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene blew up the East Coast affecting 17 states and territories from the Virgin Islands to Maine. The deep river valleys of New York and Vermont were among the most severely impacted. And just as those communities were beginning to dig out, Hurricane Lee caused another round […]

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