Mississippi Folklife Summer Issue Features Blues Women, Youth Sewing, Aerial Delta Photos & More

JACKSON, MISS. – August 3, 2018 – The Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Summer 2018 issue of Mississippi Folklife’s is now available online at www.mississippifolklife.org. The summer issue publication features four articles by Mississippi authors and photographers.

Aerial Delta” by Cleveland photographer Rory Doyle is a photo essay depicting the Delta landscape from above, challenging how the region is often portrayed in images.

All in Good Measure: Sizing Things Up with Miss Yolande” by Martha H. Foose shares the story of teachers and students taking part in youth sewing programs at ArtPlace Mississippi in Greenwood.

In “Cast Down Thy Bucket” photographer Ashleigh Coleman exhibits her photographs of Jackson and its many change agents who are reshaping the city in ways big and small.

In “Mississippi’s Finest: Denise LaSalle and the Legacy of the Blues Woman,” Constance Bailey explores the legacy of blues musician Denise LaSalle and how the blues woman trope is a response and corrective to the Jody character often sung about in blues music.

Mississippi Folklife is a digital journal featuring original writing and documentary work focused on present-day traditions and cultural heritage throughout the state, with new articles, interviews, photo essays and films anchored by three core areas: music, custom and visual arts.

Those interested in contributing a feature may contact Maria Zeringue at 601-359-6034 or mzeringue@arts.ms.gov.

This publication is sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and funded through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact:  Maria Zeringue | Folk and Traditional Arts Director | mzeringue@arts.ms.gov | (601) 359-6034