On April 29th, our friends at the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education hosted Mississippi’s IMAGINATION CONVERSATION, at the brand new Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson, MS. The event was organized by the Lincoln Center Institute to inform American Education Policy, and was presented by MAAE as the Opening Ceremony for the Annual Arts Front and Center Forum, in partnership with the Kennedy Center and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The Imagination Conversations, a project of Lincoln Center Institute and a part of the Lincoln Center 50 Years celebration, run from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2011. Many are hosted by state government, business, and cultural leaders. They feature diverse groups of panelists with distinctive perspectives and draw a wide range of audience members from the public and private sectors. Moderators facilitate the conversations, some of which reach viewers nationwide via live and archived streaming video.
This two-year initiative will culminate in America’s Imagination Summit, to be held at Lincoln Center in July 2011. More information on the Imagination Summit.
Betsy Bradley, Director, Mississippi Museum of Art served as the moderator for the Imagination Conversation, with the following panelists:
- Johnny DuPree, Mayor, Hattiesburg
- Dr. Lynn House, Deputy State Superintendent, Mississippi Department of Education
- Nicole Marquez, dancer
- Melissa Medley, Director, Communications and Marketing Division, Mississippi Development Authority
- NunoErin (Nuno Goncalves Ferreira and Erin Hayne), design studio
- Malcolm White, Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission
- Philip Wright, Scoutreach Director, Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Watch Parts 1 and 2 of the Mississippi Imagination Conversation here: