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LMRD 735, Thursday, July 25, 2019
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River"

~~~~~~~ Rhythm and Flow ~~~~~~~
Musings on Mississippi's Wetlands and Waterways

Call-out to artists ~ Last Chance!
Deadline is in one week, Thursday, August 1st




Rhythm and Flow is an exhibition of contemporary art that examines the natural beauty and environmental diversity of Mississippi’s wetlands and rivers. Juried by the professors of the NWCC Fine Arts department, this exhibition will explore Mississippi’s rivers, tributaries, and wetlands through the eyes of the regions talented artists. From the rhythms of the migratory flyway where an astounding number of bird species stop to rest seasonally, to its multifarious plant life, and the struggles of flooding, Mississippi’s waterways offer a myriad of opportunities for expressive and expansive works. Selection will be based on a fresh approach to the subject matter, skill, and creativity.

• Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply.
• This invitational is open to all artists over the age of 18 years.
• All subject matter must be related to the theme of Mississippi wetlands and rivers. It is the sole discretion of the jury to determine which works are accepted into the exhibition. Artworks may explore themes of the river, its wildlife, landscapes or ecosystems in a representational or abstract manner.

Artists should send up to three digital images and a short artist statement to deadline for submissions is August 5th. Please include in your email: Name, Telephone Number, Title of Art- work, Medium, and Date of Completion.

If you are accepted into the invitational you must deliver your artwork to the NWCC Art Department gallery Senatobia campus on (or before) September 1st between 9 AM and 3:30 PM. Artworks will not be accepted after 3:30 PM on September 1st. All 2-dimensional works must be framed and ready to hang. It is also the artist’s responsibility to pick up their artworks (or make other arrangements for timely pickup) on September 30th between 9 AM – 2:30 PM.

The NWCC Art Department does not assume any risk for the works of art put on exhibition as part of this invitational. By submitting your work for this exhibit, you agree to these stipulations.

Dana Finimore

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Hosts Mark River and Charles Coleman tell stories and discuss nutrient pollution with John McKee and Ron Parks. Stay tuned for future episodes.

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Episode 1: Nutrient Pollution
Recorded June 24, 2019

In our first episode we discuss nutrient pollution and its effects on the dead zone in the Louisiana Delta. We will be talking to fifth generation Mississippi Delta farmer John McKee and how the success of farming is directly proportionate to the evolving dependency on the genetically modified seed. Blues musician and Natchez transplant Ron Parks talks about growing up on the river and how chemical runoff affects his enthusiasm for fishing on the Mississippi River. Also featuring "Reflections" by Mark River and "River Time" by John Ruskey.

"May the River be With You"
Podcast with Mark River
and Charles Coleman

Jump on board the big muddy with your guide Mark "River" Peoples and feel the powerful, storied currents of the Mighty Mississippi River pull at your feet and open your imagination. "May The River Be With You" focuses on how the largest river in North America influences and impacts our culture, from arts and education to ecology and commerce. In each episode, we discuss how the river affects us all in unexpected ways while also featuring music, poetry, tales and myths inspired by the river itself.

Podcast Description

May the River be With You is a Clarksdale, MS, podcast focusing on the Mississippi River through stories about culture, art, music, recreation, tourism, and economy. The Mississippi River provides millions of people with drinking water, and sustains thousands of species in its wetlands, floodplains, and bottomland hardwood forests. The podcast increases river awareness through story-telling, education, engagement, advocacy, and policy.

Podcast presented by the Quapaw Canoe Company with support from 1Mississippi, the Coahoma Collective and the Mississippi River Network.

Co-hosted by Mark River Peoples and Charles Coleman. Produced by Coop Cooper. Artwork, music, and narratives by Johnnie “Driftwood” Ruskey.


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