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.
Excited to attend and want to see what’s in store for the next Third Thursday? Click here for the next Museum After Hours event.
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 are intended to spotlight contemporary Mississippi art and give exposure to working artists in the community.
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.
Performing arts and musical acts
The Museum has a limited budget for performers and will program paid acts for each Third Thursday based on a theme of and cohesiveness with the other event components. Samples are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com to begin the conversation.
We do not permit space for political promotions, religious or social activism.
The Museum partners provide 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 restaurant inside. Interested food trucks should contact Shelly Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.