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Matt Stebly | Mapping a Modern MS

Matt Stebly is a tattoo artist in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He recently relocated Twisted Anchor Tattoo to the heart of Downtown Ocean Springs. Although he began a business that dared to differ, his roots run deep into the heart of the history in Ocean Springs. As Walter Anderson’s great-grandson, Matt has a rich heritage in the artistic community of Mississippi.

“If Ocean Springs is known for being an art community, you should have a tattoo shop of that caliber that I want to have in Ocean Springs. I’ve tattooed eighty year old ladies that have always wanted a tattoo, but now feel like they can because it’s a little more acceptable. And people are actually seeing the art form of it.”-Matt

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

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Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 by ModernMS

Adam Elliot | Mapping a Modern MS

One day Adam Elliot had a friend drop him off in Minnesota to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River. Now, he owns a small river guiding service, a subsect of Quapaw Canoe Company, based in Natchez, Mississippi.

“Mississippi has a lot to offer; you just have to work a little harder to find it. And that’s actually a good thing, you know. It’s not just laid out there in a clear path at your feet. You do have to get out there and drive a little bit and get lost possibly.”-Adam

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

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Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 by ModernMS

Emily Curry | Mapping a Modern MS

Emily Curry is the Operations Manager at Southern Prohibition in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Everyone who works at the company strives to give something positive to the community, to create jobs, and to do their job to the best of their ability in a growing industry.

“What’s really exciting in being able to tell our story is we intend on being a regional brewery—our beer is sold in five states, the border states and Mississippi. And we want to go further. At the end of the day for me, being born and raised here, knowing in my heart that I’m putting something out there that’s positive.”-Emily

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by ModernMS

Dickie Scruggs | Mapping a Modern MS

After being indicted for committing Judicial Bribery, Dickie Scruggs spent six years in prison and altered the course of his life. While in prison, he tutored fellow inmates so that they could receive their GED, and when he was released, Scruggs created Second Chance MS so those who have spent time in prison can receive proper tutoring for the GED.

“I realized after a fairly short time that I was regaining a sense of purpose. The reward in watching a man at any age, but a forty, fifty year old guy, even a twenty-five year old guy, watching a lightbulb go on, watching them start regaining some hope to redirect their lives was extremely rewarding for me. And it became my sense of purpose.”-Dickie

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by ModernMS

Erica McDaniel | Mapping a Modern MS

Erica McDaniel is a fifth-grade teacher and DJ in Natchez, Mississippi. Born into music, Erica has spent her life making music and is currently working more with technology-driven techniques. The possibilities of combining music and learning are limitless, and Erica hopes to incorporate the two in her classroom.

“I also want to do, eventually, have after-school programs where kids can come, and we can make fun songs about science or math. And then share that with the world, like Teachers Pay Teachers, or share that with some sort of website that I can share with other teachers that they can use in their classrooms. There’s no better way to teach math and science than through little rap songs and little hip-hop songs that are saying things that are important and that go with the curriculum.”-Erica

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by ModernMS

Miranda Grieder | Mapping a Modern MS

Miranda Grieder owns The Little Building in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her business serves several purposes: interior design studio, architecture studio, and gallery. She hosts different community events to involve the citizens of Hattiesburg in her business.

“To enable creative place making to actually happen it has to be allowed top-down but also bottom-up, you know? And so the community needs to be invited, and they need to be given a space with a table early on.”-Miranda

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by ModernMS

Julie Kuklinsky | Mapping a Modern MS

Julie Kuklinsky is the Director of the Women in Construction program on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Leading demo crews after Hurricane Katrina, Julie fell in love with rebuilding houses and working with women in the construction field. Now, she continues to empower women by training them in a typically male-dominated field.

“When we do a project, it’s community-based—it’s not for profit at all. We do it to help the community, but our students get valuable learning. So after the storm, we were working in houses of people who needed it, and our students were getting trained on the site. So it was like a win-win situation for people who needed work done and women who needed to learn. And something interesting that’s in Mississippi to the core is that people appreciate people who work hard and it doesn’t really matter their gender.”-Julie

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

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Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 by ModernMS

Mark and Madison Talley | Mapping a Modern MS

Mark and Madison Talley own TALL Studio Architecture in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. After working in more commercial setting, the Talleys decided to see if they could hold their own in the architecture world. Building a structure to withstand the climate and hurricane season can be challenging in terms of materials and design.

“I think has been easier to take risks here too because there is this younger community that’s coming in and kind of banding together. So it’s not so scary because you have other people you see that are doing it as well. We have a lot of young friends that are starting businesses, so we’re able to bounce ideas off each other.”-Madison

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

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Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 by ModernMS

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