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Arts & Museums
Art is something that is not just confined to the canvas or other conventional modalities alone. One can always take art to several levels of skills in its complete a-typicality, and proudly so! The Ink Spot Gallery is one such amazing example of this. While you can appreciate the colors, patterns and themes hung on walls, you can certainly go a step further and adorn yourself with some of these on your body too. There's a tattoo parlor behind the main gallery that promises a service worthy enough. And the unique designs and freehand work of the tattoo artists will double up your excitement for sure.
If you think most of the venues up for rent are just too substandard or just plain trashy, then The Mississippi Arts Pavilion is the perfect balance of charm, elegance, sophistication and style. Culturally intoxicating and impressive, the venue is perfect for your private parties, weddings, meetings, events and much more. Do it with panache, do it at The Mississippi Arts Pavilion at Mississippi Arts Center.
Attached to the Mississippi Museum of Art, this important branch is dedicated to promoting art in all its forms to the general public. In addition to housing an exhaustive gift shop that features prints, artifacts, cards and educational toys, the Center is home to the state's most comprehensive art education program. Whether you are looking for technical instruction for yourself or a simple course in art appreciation for the kids, this forward-thinking center has a program for you.
This museum houses more than 3,000 works, including the world's largest collection of art by Mississippi craftsmen. It is also home to the world's largest collection of art that reflects the cultural and historical heritage of the state. Visitors find an amazing display of Southern photography, native crafts and folk art, with a strong emphasis on homegrown talent. The Mississippi Museum of Art also sponsors a complete schedule of educational programs, lectures and special forums. Admission is USD5 for adults, USD4 for seniors, USD3 for college students and USD2 for students.
This museum in the heart of Jackson's historic black community offers exhibits, documents and artifacts that represent the African-American experience in Mississippi, with special attention paid to the Farish Street Historical District. Housed in the first public school for African-American children in Jackson, this facility is a treasure of cultural study and research. Displays highlight the contributions of Southern blacks to all facets of life. The cultural center sponsors regular workshops and annual events, such as the yearly Festival of Christmas Trees each December. Gift shop on premises.
Gallery 1 is a prestigious gallery on the Jackson State University campus. The impressive work presented in this gallery depicts the African Diasporic experience over the course of history, from pre-slavery to the present day. The art presented in Gallery 1 is meant to start a dialogue and educate all who visit on a significant social and historical movement.
This is one of the South's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this majestic building was Mississippi's state capitol from 1839-1903. The history of Mississippi, from the dawn of time to the modern day, is outlined here. You will find exhibits that include thorough treatments of Native American history, colonial times, the Big Cotton culture, the Civil War and more. The museum is closed on major holidays. Group tours are available; call in advance for information.
Jackson State University's Sampson Library is more than an academic haven for the school's students. With its portraits, rare book collections, African artifacts and unique art pieces, the library stands as a veritable museum to the African-American experience. Guests are welcome to come view the multitude of cultural items on display, and loan programs can be set up for non-students by arrangement with the librarian. The facility restores much of the luster to this campus landmark.
Dr. Alexander has been a contributor to American letters for over fifty years. The author of such prize-winning books as Jubilee and For My People, Dr. Alexander is so widely respected that the city of Jackson named the street on which she lives in her honor, as well as the Jackson Public Library. The research center, located on Jackson State campus, is a focal point for the ongoing quest for racial harmony and equality. A visit to this engaging shrine to equality is an eye-opening experience for people of all races.
Operated by the city of Jackson, this art gallery is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to the 1860s. Dedicated to promoting local contemporary artists, it features the work of up-and-coming Mississippi artisans. The permanent collection includes the work of Andrew Bucci and William Hollingsworth. On the first Sunday of each month, a reception is given, and a new exhibition is unveiled. Admission is free.
Thought to be the oldest standing house in Jackson, this handsome residence was built by James Hervey Boyd, Jackson's three-time mayor during the 1850s. Now owned by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the museum is furnished with period furniture throughout, including a sofa from Abraham Lincoln's law office in Springfield, Illinois.
Detailing a century and a half of fire fighting triumphs and tragedies, the Fire Museum features a stunning array of artifacts, uniforms, helmets and fire apparatuses. The collection includes much of the equipment that was used in fighting some of Jackson's most famous blazes, including a 1904 horse-drawn steamer and many similar precursors to today's modern fire trucks. The museum's Public Fire Safety Education Center is located within the museum, and offers education for both children and adults on how to prevent and fight fires within the home.