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A Little Dirt Won’t Hurt

Culinary Curator Nick Wallace has a special relationship with dirt. “One Saturday morning at the Mississippi Farmer’s Market, the first thing I saw was a humid trailer full of living worm soil,” he said. “I touched the dirt; played in it. I smelled it. A worm was popping his head out. I had a huge attachment to smelling the richness of that soil, knowing the types of produce and vegetables that come out of it.”

As Executive Chef at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Wallace is always on the look-out for fresh, locally sourced ingredients to use on his menus. He likes to know where the food he’s preparing comes from – right down to recognizing the hands that worked the soil.

Wallace, a native of Edwards, Mississippi, has long been influenced by his experience growing up on a farm.

“In the old school way of living in Mississippi, the sacrifice of your animals and the harvest of crops for sustenance was the only way to feed the children...

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Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by MMA

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Keenon Walker | Mapping a Modern MS

Keenon Walker works closely with The Spectrum Center, a non-profit LGBT resource center and safe space. The Spectrum Center hosts events that LGBT individuals can attend to discuss their experiences and to meet others who can empathize with their stories.

“Right now I feel like Hattiesburg is a chapter in my life that I’m not finished with, and until that story ends, I’m here. And I’m happy to keep building the city and making it great. You should dare to be different, and if you can push forward and change one person, then you’ve done your job in this battle to make Mississippi better. And it’s changing every day.”-Keenon

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by ModernMS

Courtney Chunn and Jaime Ray | Mapping a Modern MS

Greenhouse Yoga, owned by Courtney Chunn and Jaime Ray, focuses on being community oriented. From practicing yoga daily to planting a community garden, Courtney and Jaime are finding ways to break stereotypes of the typical yogi and to involve the community of Hattiesburg.

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by ModernMS

Brian and Sarah Halliwell Carver | Mapping a Modern MS

Brian and Sarah Carver are the owners of Twin Forks Wine and Provisions in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After noticing a need for a wider variety of wine, the Carvers decided to fill that need and have begun introducing the citizens of Hattiesburg to unique wines.

“There are a lot of free thinkers, I think, and that is a lot of the crowd that we’re going for as well. People who really want to search and find and experience new things, and that’s what we’re trying to do, just give them fun things that they haven’t seen in Hattiesburg before.”-Sarah

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

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Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by ModernMS

Jacqueline Lee | Mapping a Modern MS

Jacqueline Lee, editor of Dime Magazine, pushed for a magazine that highlights and represents the arts across Mississippi. Now, Dime covers arts, culture, and entertainment in our state.

“I think what we suffer from here the most is a self-esteem issue. We’re just not fully aware of how cool we really are, and some of the goods, the experiences, that you can have here people in Los Angles and Austin and Nashville couldn’t replicate if they tried.”-Jacqueline

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

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Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by ModernMS

Mark Klinedinst | Mapping a Modern MS

An Economics professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, Mark Klinedinst is not only investing in his students, but also the community of Hattiesburg. Working with cooperatives, Mark helped found the Hattiesburg Farmers Market, which brings together citizens of different socioeconomic statuses. In addition to his work with cooperatives, he is also President of Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi.

“There’s an old bumper sticker that says ‘Think Locally; Act Globally,’ and I’ve sorta taken that to heart in my life.”-Mark

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

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Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 by ModernMS

Turry Flucker | Mapping a Modern MS

“Every day at the Commission, we are just always talking about opportunities to go out and opportunities to see what’s happening in the field. Because we are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, we have a connection with them… So we are constantly sharing all the good news that’s happening here in the state, and I have to say that we are really on par with some of the best arts organizations and arts agencies in the country.”-Turry

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

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Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 by ModernMS

Brad Franklin | Mapping a Modern MS

“Mississippi traditionally is not adept to change a whole lot. They’re used to things being as they are, or as they were. They’re used to the status quo, but at the same time, Mississippi is the home to some very creative and innovative people who have thought outside of the box, whether it be musically, whether it be athletically, whether it be business-wise. We have some of the brightest people in the entire nation. It’s really easy to see why we’ve created the people that we’ve created.”-Brad

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

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Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2016 by ModernMS

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