Art + Exchange Hancock County

October 12, 2018

Thursday, October 11 | Kiln, Miss. ... CAPE joined forces with The Arts, Hancock County, Hancock County Performing Arts Center 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

 

"Developers are changing the culture and landscape of the post-Katrina Gulf."

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • Kiln was a thriving, bustling lumber community

  • Kiln is not even incorporated

  • Trees over-harvested

  • Not welcoming tourism enough

  • Leadership who does not want to think “outside of the box”

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • I hope to see the Gulf replaced with green infrastructure, tidal creek estuaries, green oasis along the waterfront

  • Could be retirement center

 

Community Narrative

 

"There's a feeling of being not good enough."

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • Togetherness of the community, willingness to collaborate (artistically or otherwise)

  • Iberville is a family name that has bootlegging stories

  • Gulf Side United Methodist Assembly was the only place along the Gulf Coast where African Americans could go to the beach; It was a safe place and a retreat center for the Civil Rights Movement; It was destroyed during Katrina

  • The rich history of 100 men hall and its impact on a community of African American heritage

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • More "connectedness"

  • More involvement with community children’s activities

 

The Arts

 

"There's a need for a place where students can explore their creative talents."

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • Cultural arts are not widely accepted or appreciated

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Involving kids in large-scale public art with focus on STEM

  • More financial support for the arts and artists; more patrons/buyers, so that artists can make a living wage

  • Community focusing beyond area and stressing the arts as a vehicle

 

Diversity and Equity

 

“Right now we are governed by men."

 

PAST AND PRESENT

  • Strong female heads of household

  • No women on the Board of Supervisors

  • No women on the Waveland Board of Alderman

  • No women on the Bay St. Louis City Council

  • One woman on the Diamondhead City Council

  • Lack of diversity in schools

  • Males incarcerated in their 40s and 50s

 

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Government (city and state) hopefully change soon

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SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER,

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MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART

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JACKSON, MS 39201

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