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Martha Whitney Butler | Mapping a Modern Mississippi

President of The Arts Hancock County, President/Founder of the Raw Oyster Marching Club, and owner of The French Potager, Martha Whitney Butler is a major asset to the city of Bay St. Louis.

“I think claiming the fact that you’re an artist is a hard thing to do and a hard thing to get your head around. But that’s something that I found that happened to me, and that’s kind of what I’ve made my goal here in Bay St. Louis to do, is to push that person over the line to make them say ‘I am an artist,’ and be confident in it. To witness this community where everyone is an artist… One of those places where you can find yourself, and it leads to incredible things.”- Martha Whitney

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

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Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 by ModernMS

Carlyn Hicks | Mapping a Modern Mississippi

Carlyn Hicks understands two essential things about Mississippians: We love to eat, and we love to talk. Inspired by this, she founded Jackson Foodies, a group that gathers food lovers across the area to patronize local businesses and to grow community.

“I think that Jackson is a ripe, fertile ground for creatives. You know, this is a creative economy because there is so much that can be done here in our city, but you do have to be a little creative in how you can do things. The different communities within our city really speak for themselves in an artistic way, in a community way. And I’m hoping that the Jackson Foodies can be a part of strengthening those communities and those economies around them.”-Carlyn

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

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Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by ModernMS

Tim and Barbara Alamsha | Mapping a Modern Mississippi

Tim and Barbara Alamsha own RockU2, the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. They strive to instill a love of music in their students, while giving them opportunities to shine. Whether their students are there to pursue a career in music or to just have fun, Tim and Barbara want to give everyone who walks through their doors a taste of being a musician and hope that teamwork, confidence, and motivation are the overarching themes of RockU2.

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by ModernMS

Andrea Saffle | Mapping a Modern MS

Andrea Saffle is tasked with maintaining the economic revitalization that Downtown Hattiesburg has seen in the past few years. Andrea sees her role as the one who tells the story of those who are daring to differ in Hattiesburg. A city that mixes its rich history with modern creativity, Hattiesburg is well-known for its community and modernity.

“There’s so much that Hattiesburg has going for it. There’s so many creative people and unique people in Hattiesburg, particularly in downtown, so I really see my role as just telling the story of the things that they’re already doing… Each person that comes lays down a piece of themselves.”-Andrea

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by ModernMS

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

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