Prior to becoming the Arts Industry Director at the Mississippi Arts Commission, Turry M. Flucker served for nine years as Branch Director at the Louisiana State Museum, directing the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum Project. While directing this statewide effort, Flucker managed the 5,000 square ft traveling exhibition called RACE: Are We So Different?, a project developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Flucker also served as the Curator at Smith Robertson Museum in Jackson, a position he maintained for ten years. In his capacity at Smith Robertson Museum, Flucker led the charge to provide the Jackson community with contemporary exhibitions of historical and artistic note, such as The Buffalo Solider: The African American in the U.S. Army, 1866-1912, Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, A Visual Diary: The Art and Life of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence and Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African American South.
Flucker earned a B.A. in History with emphasis in African American Studies from Tougaloo College and an M.A. in Southern Studies with emphasis in Art History from the University of Mississippi.
Flucker is a native of Houston, Texas, where he graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts with a concentration in vocal music (opera). Flucker is the author of three pictorial history books published by Arcadia Publishing: African Americans of Jackson, African Americans of New Orleans, and Black Arts of New Orleans as well as several published articles and art reviews.
Program Area Information
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations such as museums, orchestras, theaters, dance companies and opera companies are key conduits through which Mississippians experience the arts. They play a major role in arts education, cultural tourism and economic development. To ensure the continued growth and survival of the arts in Mississippi, the Commission works with arts organizations to support programmatic excellence, organizational strength and financial responsibility through grant programs, workshops and other special initiatives.