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Art Talk

By Andi Bedsworth

Last weekend was the ever-popular Water Valley Studio Crawl where artists, musicians and attendees celebrated art and culture in the Valley. It is obvious from the huge turnout that North Mississippians value art and artists alike. With that in mind, I would urge you to consider the following campaign going on in Oxford.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council has been selected for the Rise to Thrive Challenge. They were one of 90 organizations chosen to participate in this fundraising effort. The Powerhouse is hoping to finish the renovation of their building to include classroom space, studios and rehearsal spaces and the impact this will make on the community is one of the reasons it was selected.
Rise to Thrive is a social media campaign funded by Russell Simmons of Def Jam Records and encourages crowd sourced fundraising while giving non-profit organizations the opportunity to win more funding.
This means that for every dollar donated, the Powerhouse has a chance to win more money from the challenge making their funds raised grow by up to $25,000. They need your help to reach this goal by donating to the cause and spreading the word to others.
We as a community can help. Imagine a community space that offers arts programming where children and adults can take art and acting lessons, exhibit art, and hold arts related events with plenty of space to accommodate all who are interested.
Now, wouldn’t that be something?  Please go to to help make this a reality. And while you are at it, send me your arts related news to

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