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New exhibit explores 'Endangered Mississippi'

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

 

The next show in the Starkville Area Arts Council's Art in Public Places (AiPP) series begins with a reception ​Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019,​ at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of The Partnership at 200 E. Main St. in Starkville. This exhibition considers small homes and large plantation stables across Mississippi that need varying degrees of stabilization, repair or revitalization. This exhibit is an exploration of projects that students in the Mississippi State University School of Architecture found meaningful and worth investigating. 

 

"Endangered Mississippi" is rooted in the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi: a list produced bi-annually by the Mississippi Department for History & Archives and the Mississippi Heritage Trust. This list highlights the need to care for a wide range of buildings across the state. According to ​ms10most.com​, this list has had profound significance over the past 20 years: Since the Mississippi Heritage Trust published the first list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi in 1999, there have been some tremendous victories. The Cutrer Mansion in Clarksdale, the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, the L.Q.C. Lamar House in Oxford, the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs and the Tippah County Jail in Ripley are all 'graduates' of the list, providing inspiring examples of what can happen when communities come together with a spirit of cooperation and a vision for the future. 

 

At the end of the exhibition, Tau Sigma Delta's gallery committee will select one or two works to nominate structures for inclusion on the 2019 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi. 

 

"SAAC is excited to offer this exhibit, which highlights both the photographs as well as the students' views on architecture worth saving," said SAAC Executive Director John Bateman. "Our AiPP series remain free and open to the public, which is an important asset to a community. With Endangered Mississippi, this exhibit merges cultural exposure with something informative and insightful." 

 

Learn more about SAAC at starkvillearts.org.

 

 

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