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Social Practice - Museum School Engages on Many Levels

By Director of Engagement and Learning daniel Johnson

Attention is a precious commodity in contemporary society. We lead highly scheduled lives and in between our appointments and events, we are catching up on emails, news and social media. The considerations of social practice not only take note of and mimic the ways we naturally engage our lives, a good work of social engagement layers multiple intentions into each action. Through our Museum School, we recognize the desire to learn about and create art with experienced teaching artists. While the quality of our instruction is primary to the Museum School experience, any time we are bringing people together, we want to make the most of that time. We are building community among individuals who share interests and common geography. We use lessons to increase knowledge of our collection and the legacy of Mississippi artists. At times, we can even engage dialog on local issues meaningful to the participants.

In our Museum Summer School, we are conscious that the teacher-student relationships which are forged over the week can have impacts extending far beyond the experience of the class. Some of our considerations in hiring teachers include representing...

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Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by MMA

daniel johnson’s Aha Moment

​As part of Mutual of Omaha’s “Aha Moment Tour,” MMA Director of Engagement and Learning daniel johnson discusses his Aha Moment, which informs his community art and social practice. This story has to do with an abandoned Westinghouse refrigerator, a Facebook page, children’s toys, and the Pearl River. Take a look and listen.

A few years after this Aha Moment, johnson was the artist chosen to lead our annual C3 participatory art series before he joined the Museum staff full time.

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Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by MMA


By MMA Registrar Caitlin Podas

Longer days. Humid nights. Ice cream cones melting. The smell of sunscreen. The sound of seagulls and ocean waves. Together, these things mean summer is here. Summer always meant lots of beach days – and lots of sunburns – when I was growing up. This woodcut print by Mildred Nungester Wolfe brings back fond memories of sitting on the boardwalk watching seagulls poach fish from the fishermen’s lines. I can’t tell you what seaside inspired Mildred’s artwork, but it sure does remind me of the Newport Beach pier. The museum has several woodcuts in the permanent collection. Woodcuts are a technique of printing designs from planks of wood incised parallel to the vertical axis of the wood’s grain. It is one of the oldest methods of making prints from a relief surface. Woodcuts have been used to decorate textiles in China since the 5th century AD, but gained popularity in the United States in the 1920s and 30s through artists working in the Work Projects Administration. After World War II the method was further developed in the US...

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Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by MMA

Face/Paint - Art Preserving Life (VIDEO)

Portrait artist Jason Bouldin paints longtime Museum employee Melvin Johnson. Johnson joins high school classmate and fellow 30-year veteran L.C. “Tee” Tucker in the Museum’s permanent collection.

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by MMA

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