Third Thursday Details
Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi’s creative community. These collaborations feature one-night pop up exhibitions and dining experiences and combinations of live music, outdoor movies, games, and more. Each month has a new theme and a new story. All components of the evening, from the art on view, to the businesses showcased, the movies shown, and food served, feeds into the Museum’s mission of engaging Mississippians in the visual arts.
If you’re here because you are excited to attend and want to see what’s in store for the next Third Thursday, find details here.
If you are interested in being a part of the event structure itself, see below.
Museum After Hours pop-up exhibitions anchor each month’s Third Thursday programming. These showcases, held inside the Museum, are intended to spotlight contemporary Mississippi art being made in the state and give exposure to working artists in the community. The schedule for these exhibitions is determined through a community advisory committee made up of Museum staff members as well as representatives from a variety of arts and cultural institutions throughout the state.
Artists are chosen based on a variety of factors, from the authenticity and originality of their artwork, to their contributions to and significance in the landscape of contemporary art in the state, to practical realities – including the artists’ geography and ability to travel and the thematic considerations of each month’s exhibition. Because of the limited number of these opportunities, we do not consider one-person shows, but prefer to feature a number of artists whose collaboration is indicative of the wealth of compelling visual art being made in the state. NOTE: Exhibitions are planned well in advance for planning purposes, sometimes as far out as six months or more.
Artists are not excluded based on religion, race, creed, gender, or political affiliation, and decisions are not criticisms of quality, talent, or value. Rather, Mississippi is fortunate to have a diverse, active, and ever-growing visual arts community, and we can only show a small fraction of what is being made. We hope that the artworks and exhibitions we do feature will encourage more opportunities throughout the community and inspire arts-lovers to continue to discover new pockets of creativity around them.
Because the Museum is not a commercial gallery, the artworks in Museum After Hours pop-up exhibitions are not for sale the night of the event and are not accompanied by price tags, although artists are welcome to make arrangements with interested parties on their own accord and arrange a sale to be made after the event is over and the art has left the Museum.
In addition to showcasing a Museum After Hours pop-up exhibition indoors, the Museum invites artists and vendors to set up in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Below are policies that govern artist vendor participation:
1. Because we are an art museum, vendor spots are reserved for visual artists, musicians, designers, and creative businesses in a variety of media, but not necessarily open to retailers, resellers, or vendors that fall outside the realm of original artistic creation, creative economy, or community betterment. Decisions are guided by the Museum’s mission of engaging Mississippians in the visual arts and our goal of catalyzing community cohesion.
2. The Mississippi Museum of Art does not sell fine art inside the premises, and thus, vendor spaces are set up in The Art Garden, the 1.2 acre green space that serves as the Museum front lawn and the central gathering place of the Downtown Cultural District.
3. Art and items sold should be accessible to the general public, not exceeding reasonable price thresholds. This is intended to create a favorable buying climate for visitors. Examples of artwork and price point to be sold will be provided as part of the application process.
4. In event of rain or inclement weather, vendors can set up along the covered Museum portico or walkway of the Creative Corridor.
5. The Museum reserves the right to confirm or deny artist vendors based on our policy not to over-duplicate, and in keeping with the Museum’s authenticity standards and the parameters of our stated mission and goals for the event.
6. Set-up for vendors opens at 4 PM on the day of the event, unless otherwise approved. The Museum is unable to provide tents, tables, and booth infrastructure. On fair-weather evenings, electricity is available in The Art Garden. (However, there is not guaranteed access to electricity in the Creative Corridor.) Vendors are expected to set up and take down their own materials before and immediately following the event, although Museum staff will be happy to answer any questions or help facilitate as needed and as we are able.
Click here for the vendor application.
Performing arts and musical acts
The Museum has a limited budget for performers, and will program paid acts for each Third Thursday based on theme of and cohesiveness with the other event components. Samples are welcome: ThirdThursday@msmuseumart.org.
Community partnerships and Non-profit exposure
In addition to vendors, the Museum is open to collaboration with creatives, non-profits, and other organizations who would like to partner on added components. This includes artists, performers, or organizations who would like to contribute and partner on an activity or performance for the sole good of the public. If you have an idea for a partnership that would enhance arts engagement, contact ThirdThursday@msmuseumart.org to begin the conversation.
We do not permit space for political promotions, religious or social activism.
The Museum partners provides space for a limited number of food trucks at each event. Trucks are selected so as to not over-duplicate menu items and styles or to compete with the menu theme served in the pop-up restaurant inside (which changes monthly). Interested food trucks should contact Monique Davis at email@example.com.