First Mississippi Writers Trail Marker Prototypes to be Unveiled at Book Festival

 

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Mississippi Arts Commission announced that it will unveil the first Mississippi Writers Trail Markers at the Mississippi Book Festival. Here is a verbatim press release:

JACKSON, MISS. (Aug. 7, 2018)—The Mississippi Writers Trail will officially launch with the unveiling of two historical marker prototypes, honoring Eudora Welty and Jesmyn Ward, as part of the Mississippi Book Festival on Aug. Continue Reading

2018 State Fair Music Lineup Announced

There are a few sounds that attendees can always expect from the Mississippi State Fair—the braying of barn animals, kids screaming in delight, the whirring of rides, and of course, the sounds of a star-studded music lineup. On Tuesday, July 17, the Mississippi State Fair Commission announced the headlining artists for the 159th annual fair, which will take place Oct. 3-14. Country singer Chris Janson will be leading off the entertainment schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Continue Reading

Organizers Unveil Indie Music Week Year Four

The eyes of Mississippi music icons, such as Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters and Jaimoe, watched on—quite literally—as a group of Jacksonians met to discuss one of the capital city’s biggest annual events. In a room beside the Iron Horse Grill’s wax-figure-filled Mississippi Music Experience, the team behind Jackson Indie Music Week hosted a press conference Monday, July 16, to announce details of the seven-day festival’s 2o19 installation, which will take place Sunday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 20. With the conference came the unveiling of the new JIM Week logo, a golden design honoring Jackson record label Malaco Music Group’s 50th anniversary, as well as announcements about changes on the financial side of the festival. Continue Reading

2018 Mississippi Book Festival Announces Schedule

On Wednesday, July 11, the Mississippi Book Festival announced its lineup, which includes panels that cover topic such as food, race, literature and more. See the schedule here. The festival, also known as the “literary lawn party,” will be at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.) on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the panels, the event will have vendors, food trucks and more. For more information, visit msbookfestival.com. Continue Reading

2019 Mississippi Invitational Deadline June 30

 

The Mississippi Museum of Art will once again host its annual Mississippi Invitational in June 2019. In preparation for the event, MMA is asking for artist submissions, with a deadline of June 30, 2018. Artists who live in the state of Mississippi are eligible to compete and can submit original works in any medium. In mid-September, artists will found out if they have been selected, and then the guest curator, Kimberli Grant, will do in-studio visits in October and November. The museum will announce the final selection in December. Continue Reading

USA IBC Medalists

From June 11-21, 2018, dancers from the U.S. and performed through the different rounds of the USA International Ballet Competition. About 30 finalists performed during Round III from June 19-21, and finally, the winners received their medalists during an awards gala on Friday, June 22. The medalists are as follows:

Senior Division Medalists

Men’s Senior Gold Medalist—Sicong Wu, China

Women’s Senior Gold Medalist—Yunting Qiu, China

Men’s Senior Silver Medalist—Sangmin Lee, Republic of Korea

Women’s Senior Silver Medalist—Soobin Lee, Republic of Korea

Women’s Senior Silver Medalist—Katherine Barkman, USA

Men’s Senior Bronze Medalist—David Schrenk, USA

Women’s Senior Bronze Medalist—Chisako Oga, USA

Best Senior Couple—Soobin Lee & Sangmin Lee, Republic of Korea

Junior Division Medalists

Men’s Junior Gold Medalist—No gold awarded

Women’s Junior Gold Medalist—Elisabeth Beyer, USA

Men’s Junior Silver Medalist—Hyuma Kiyosawa, Japan

Women’s Junior Silver Medalist—Julia Rust, USA

Women’s Junior Silver Medalist—Carolyne Galvao, Brazil

Men’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Harold Mendez, USA

Men’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Joseph Markey, USA

Women’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Tia Wenkman, USA

Women’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Rheya Shano, USA

 

Special Awards

Robert Joffrey Award of Merit—Mya Kresnyak, Canada

Jury Award of Encouragement—Veronica Atienza, Philippines

Jury Award of Encouragement—Nicole Klaudine Barroso

Jury Award of Encouragement—Razmik Marukyan, Armenia

Choreography Award—Zhang Disha for “Sad Birds,” performed by Sicong Wu and Yunting Qiu

Choreography Award—Fei Bo for “Permanent Yesterday,” performed by Sicong Wu and Yunting Qiu

See jfp.ms/usaibc2018 for a gallery of Round III, Session III photos. Continue Reading

Official 2018 Mississippi Book Festival Art Revealed

On Tuesday, June 19, the Mississippi Book Festival revealed this year’s official art, an oil painting from Mississippi native artist Baxter Knowlton that features bestselling Mississippi author Jesmyn Ward. “Both artist and subject represent the best of our state,” festival director Holly Lange said in a release. “The works of these remarkably talented Mississippians reveal an intense love of their craft. We are grateful for their support of the festival.”

For more information about the festival, visit msbookfestival.com.   Continue Reading