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Pike School of Art

Pike School of Art, Mississippi is a space for interdisciplinary creative experimentation where artists and writers with diverse backgrounds and proficiencies come together and interact in a rural setting in America’s Deep South. PSA-MS offers residencies, workshops, talks, and space for art-making and discursive research. Activities take place in and near the city of McComb and the town of Summit in Pike County, Mississippi.

PSA-MS encourages artwork and curatorial or writing projects that create articulations about the Deep South, including Mississippi’s and Louisiana’s histories of conflict and adjustment between Old and New World societies and Europeans’ early relationship with the indigenous populations. Projects about the ongoing African-American struggle to achieve full participation in American society are especially welcome.

The Stories

Calvin Phelps started Pike School of Art (PSA). The School brought artists from other areas of the country to Pike County to live here several weeks. They had the opportunity to visit places & people to experience & learn about our way of life and express their impressions in their work. He has offered art lessons at the local MLK Center for at-risk children and later had a show of their work. Calvin has written grants and worked tirelessly to make his dream come true to bring art & culture to rural MS in non-traditional ways.

Credit to: Vickie Webb

In 2015, the Pike School of Art built micro-libraries and place them in front of a small businesses in downtown Summit, McComb and Magnolia. The libraries are stocked with a range of books and magazines, with the information card asking people to “take a book and leave a book.”

Credit to: Pike School of Art

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