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Kagan Coughlin | Mapping a Modern MS

Kagan Coughlin calls himself a builder of things. After leaving a lucrative career in finance, Coughlin and his family have become instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Water Valley, Mississippi. Their properties and businesses include the BTC grocery, a local anchor of food and community. His current project is Base Camp Coding Academy, a fast-track vocational program for young Mississippi coders and software developers.This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern MIssissippi Initiative.

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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by MMA

Marcus Smith | Mapping a Modern MS

Marcus Smith, Cowboy | Mapping a Modern MS from Mississippi Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Marcus Smith is a cowboy, musician, photographer and mentor in Grenada, Mississippi. He dares to differ by owning his identity as a black cowboy and utilizing his position to influence and educate the next generation. This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by MMA

Robin Whitfield, Artist/Naturalist | Mapping a Modern MS

Robin Whitfield | Mapping a Modern MS from Mississippi Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Robin Whitfield is a formally educated visual artist whose career has increasingly brought her into conversation about the natural world. Living in Grenada, Mississippi, she dares to differ by exploring her own definitions of what art means, and using visual language to raise awareness about art, community, biodiversity, and the Mississippi landscape. This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by MMA

Glenda Gordon | Mapping a Modern MS

Glenda Gordon, owner of GG’s Flower & Gifts in Water Valley, MS, has been a lifelong resident of the town. She’s seen - over the past decade - a cultural and entrepreneurial renaissance on Main Street that has helped to redefine what was once a rather sleepy little Southern town.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 by MMA

Katrina and Isabella Kinder | Mapping a Modern MS

Katrina and Isabella Kinder have made it their mission to find and share to hidden gems of their Grenada, Mississippi home. Their Grenada Afterglow Film Festival creates a platform to celebrate art in all its forms and expose their audiences to new and different ideas. They are part of a diverse group of citizens intent on revitalizing their hometown.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2016 by MMA

Lee Taylor | Hot Rod Artist - Mapping a Modern MS

Lee Taylor, owner of M&M Kustoms in Grenada, Mississippi, calls his shop the ultimate toy box. He considers the shop both an active and functional work space as well as an artist studio. Taylor, who was formally trained in visual art, departed from the academic art making path to find a career that satisfied his aesthetic sensibilities, his need for freedom and motion, and his love for adrenaline and speed.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by MMA

Modern Chat - Katy Simpson Smith

Interview and words by Shalina Chatlani

This interview is part of a series, Modern Chat with Shalina Chatlani, produced in conjunction with the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative. Guest Contributor Shalina Chatlani is a Jackson, MS native and Junior at Georgetown University.

Katy Simpson Smith is a young author, born and raised in Jackson, MS. Having grown up down the street from iconic Mississippi writer, Eudora Welty, Smith felt a connection to Southern literature and writing from an early age. Holding a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gaining an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and having already written three books, Smith is a testament to modern Mississippians moving forward. Her newest novel Free Men: A Novel explores many of the elements—racism, socioeconomic struggles, violence, faith—that surround a person growing up in the South. In this interview, she speaks about her ties to her home, her desire to see MS move forward, the ways she and other millennials have contributed and can continue to help the state become more modern, and what it means for her to be a young...

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by MMA

Raley Hilmus | Grenada Gamer - Mapping a Modern MS

​Raley Hilmus is a tournament organizer for video gamer tournaments in Grenada, Mississippi. He is part of a burgeoning group of local gamers who are building community there.

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Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 by MMA

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