Art + Exchange McComb

September 6, 2018

 

Wednesday, Sept. 5 | McComb, Miss. ... CAPE joined forces with the Pike County Arts Council, McComb Creative Economy Partnership, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and Pike School of Art to gather public input as part of the Art + Exchange Story-Gathering Tour. This research serves as part of Phase 1 of a new program of place-based artist residencies that will fund community-engaged artworks across Mississippi.

 

Participants shared their opinions on the past, present, and future of the community. This input will be utilized in Phase 2 of the residency program, when Mississippi artists will be invited to propose specific project ideas that address narratives raised by the public.

 

Development and Economic Access

 

"We are a small town in a changing global economy. How do we stay connected and relevant?"

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • Many travelers stop here

  • We have space

  • Need more work on old buildings

  • There is a lack of economic opportunity, communication

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Make McComb into an arts/music/jazz destination

 

Community Narrative

 

"The sense of family and tribe is strong and often a primary source of identity ... for better or worse."

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • We have a rich history

  • In Chatawa (Pike County): School Sisters of Notre Dame has been educating young girls for more than 100 years; now takes care of elderly sisters

 

The Arts

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • The artists are nice, there is ambition in the arts here; art is cool

  • Musician Bo Diddley: creative genius; influenced the Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton

  • Singer Britney Spears

  • Pike County could become a rich and diverse community of people that embody creativity and arts

  • So much talent in McComb; we need to promote it and keep it alive

  • I am creating an artist and spiritual retreat to create sacred community

  • Pike County Arts Council

  • Pike County School of Art

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Access to art instruction (for young people); teach STEAM not STEM

  • Art Museum

  • Art scholarships being advertised

  • Scholastic Art Competition for high school students

  • Platforms for presentations via performing art, mixed media, social media, film, TV, literature

 

Diversity and Equity

 

"Rampant individualism and tribalism often blocks community from diversity and inhibits broad points of view."

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • Brenda Travis: Civil Rights activist

  • Cultural divisiveness (black vs. white); need to come together and work to make this city great

  • Race relations; people don’t really dislike each other, but they don’t necessarily talk either

  • Racism, past and present

  • Sundays maintain racial segregation in the form of worship; Eurocentric vs. Afrocentric

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Racial reconciliation

  • I would like to see a collaborative art work by black and white kids

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