Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Grand Opening: WaterWays

WaterWays, a traveling Smithsonian exhibit exploring how water shapes our lives, is coming to Clarksdale! The exhibit will be located inside Quapaw Canoe Company from Aug 31st-Oct 13th.

The grand opening feature music from Clarksdale legend Super Chikan! Admission is free!

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WaterWays: Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit
Sep
1
to Oct 13

WaterWays: Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit

About Water/Ways:

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit offered by the Museum on Main Street division of the Smithsonian Institution. It consists of five free-standing display units incorporating photographs and text as well as numerous interactives ranging from basic flip charts to state of the art audio and video devices.  The exhibit is designed for smaller venues, thereby achieving the goal of “bringing the Smithsonian to Small Town America.”

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Location:  Quapaw Canoe Company 291 Sunflower Ave Clarksdale, MS

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm  Saturday 10am-5pm

Admission: FREE

Groups/Field Trips:  School and youth groups are invited to attend during the exhibit. Field trips include a guided tour of the exhibit as well as hands-on lesson about the history and ecology of the Mississippi River.   Call or email to schedule your trip.

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Water and Spirituality
Sep
1
12:00 PM12:00

Water and Spirituality

Author, poet and professor of literature, Wang Ping will share stories from her travels along many of the big rivers of the world and how the rivers connect to spirituality in many cultures. 

Wang Ping has published 13 books of poetry, stories, novels, non-fictions, including Ten Thousand Waves, Last Communist Virgin, Flashcards: Poems by Yu Jian, The Magic Whip, Aching For Beauty: Footbinding in China, The Dragon Emperor, Of Flesh and Spiring, Foregin Devil, Of Flesh and Spirit, American Visa, and others.

Her latest award winning book is Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi, University of Georgia Press, 2018. As a photographer and artist, she has many solo shows at Soap Factories, Great River Museum, Macalester College, Emily Carr University of Arts and Desgin, Northland College, Univeristy of Ohio, Bolognia Art Gallery, White Night Café Galery (Sichuan, China), among others.

As the founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers project, she has traveled along the Mississippi, Yangtze, Amazon, Ganges, Po, Columbia, Fraser, St. Croix and many other rivers, making and installing thousands of prayer flags for clean water, river, mountains and air. I met thousands of people along the way. They all made prayer flags to express their love and dedication for clean environment. Each flag becomes a peace messenger. As the wind blows the flags, each flutter releases their prayer for peace and harmony.

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Ebbs and Flows in Mississippi River History
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Ebbs and Flows in Mississippi River History

Jim Giesen, a MSU history professor will kick off the WaterWays lecture series with a presentation on the connection between the Mississippi River and human history.

There are few states where water has been more central to its history and culture than Mississippi. From ship-building on the coast to Native American migration along rivers and streams, from Civil Rights Movement wade-ins to Civil War strategy, water has played a central role in how and why the Magnolia state looks and operates as it does today. Jim Giesen will tell three interrelated histories of water in Mississipi to make the case that Mississippians today often overlook both the breadth and variety of ways that water has affected the history of their state. Depending on the location of the talk he will choose three topics with particular local resonance. From massive natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the 1927 Mississippi River Flood, to greate success stories like the ship-building and fishing industries, to less well-known incidents where water played an important role in the development of small communities and towns, the talk will tell not just the well-known water histories of the state, but show  how water has become an often overlooked factor in our past, present, and future.

Speakers Expertise:

A Professor of History at Mississippi State University, Dr. Giesen researches and teaches in the area of American agricultural history and is currently writing a book about the place of agriculture within American culture.

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Flood Control on the Big River
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Flood Control on the Big River

Hank Burdine from the Mississippi Levee Board and Paul Hartfield, an endangered species biologist will discuss the history and future of flood control on the Mississippi River.  How has flood control changed the landscape of the Delta?  How should we manage flood control in the future to meet a growing population's needs without damaging the River ecosystem?

Paul Hartfield is the author of about 40 peer reviewed scientific publications on crayfish, freshwater mussels, snails, fish, turtles, Interior least tern, and Mississippi River. Author of eight Federal Register regulations listing 1 cave crayfish, 11 aquatic snails, 13 freshwater mussels, Alabama sturgeon, and 1 aquatic plant under the Endangered Species Act.

Hank Burdine has been writing for Delta Magazine and other publications for 15 years and published over 60 articles regarding to the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta. He is considered to be one of the present-day historians of the Mississippi Delta with extensive expertise in culture and historical events and flood control. 

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Relay of Voices
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Relay of Voices

In 2019, Relay of Voices plans to run the lengths of the Mississippi River, collecting stories of residents along the way. This year they are doing a short run through Clarksdale to collect local stories related to the Mississippi River. The Relay of Voices team will share the stories the collect from Clarksdale residents during their "pre-run"

From Victoria Bradford, Relay of Voices

The focus of our Relay work is to listen deeply to the communities along the river like Clarksdale and understand individual voices and how they shape and communicate a larger story, based in both history and the present.  The Relay Team will run a relay toward the exhibition site from the edges of Clarksdale, including the western edge of the city where the River forms the border. Starting at 7am on Saturday, September 22, the Relay Team will not only run the distance required to reach our destination (approximately 75 miles collectively), but we will stop along the way, connecting with Clarksdale/Coahoma County residents in various neighborhoods and communities.

We will spend several hours with each of these residents, who we have forged a relationship with in advance, and through an immersive and embodied interview process, deepen that relationship and listen to their stories. We will dive into their everyday lives, but also be listening directly for a connection with how the Flood of 1927 might have influenced the Great Migration from Clarksdale to Chicago. We will then carry those stories in our bodies as we run the next leg of the relay toward the Exhibition, eventually amassing multiple voices to share. Our team of five runners will finally converge, landing at the Water/Ways Exhibition site at 4pm. In a response to site and the material vested in each of us over the past 9 hours, we will conclude our run in a choreographed image, inhabiting the space and releasing the voices.

Finally, in a choreographed discussion, we will invite the public gathered to participate in an immersive and embodied group dialogue in much the vein of the interviews we did earlier in the day—engaging with the everyday, honest exertion of life and relationships, sharing and striving to understand our place in this community, the role the river and race plays now and has played in the past, and how that carries on differently in different places and spaces.

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Smithsonian Museum Day- Free Admission to Delta Blues Museum with ticket
Sep
22
4:30 PM16:30

Smithsonian Museum Day- Free Admission to Delta Blues Museum with ticket

Free admission to the Delta Blues Museum with a Smithsonian Museum ticket

https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018.

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Let us know @MuseumDay #MuseumDay


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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Art Exhibit Opening- Helena

WaterWays is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that will be in Clarksdale this fall.  As part of the exhibit we will be hosting youth art exhibitions in Helena and Clarksdale.  Local students are encouraged to submit artwork to be displayed at the exhibition. Students may choose to sell their work or have it returned to them at the end of the exhibit (suggested price, $10/piece).  All proceeds will be returned to the schools to be used at the teacher’s discretion.

How to Participate:

All groups wishing to showcase work should schedule an in-class visit from an LMRF educator and/or a tour of the WaterWays exhibit prior to beginning the project.   We strongly encourage all groups to schedule a field trip to view the exhibit for all students who wish to submit work. The exhibit is in Clarksdale from Aug 31st- Oct 13th.  

Submission Criteria:   

Water is central to human existence, it shapes how and where we live, it plays a role in culture, tradition, art and music.  The WaterWays exhibit explores the ways water plays a role in our everyday lives. Submissions should also reflect the role that water plays in our lives.  All submissions should be accompanied by a short explanation of how the art reflects the artist’s personal relationship with water. Each entry should include artists name, age, school and cost for purchasing the work.

Art Opening Reception:

Students and families are invited to attend an opening reception for the art exhibit

Helena:  Thursday, Sept 27th  5pm- 7pm

Clarksdale:  Saturday, Sept 29th  12pm-1pm

 

How to Submit:

Entries should be delivered to LMRF’s offices in Clarksdale or Helena by Thursday Sept 27th.  

291 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale MS

107 Perry St, Helena, AR

 

Contact Information

Shannon McMulkin

Lower Mississippi River Foundation

870-753-8954

info@lowermsfoundation.org

lowermsfoundation.or

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Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Youth Art Exhibit Opening- Clarksdale

WaterWays is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that will be in Clarksdale this fall.  As part of the exhibit we will be hosting youth art exhibitions in Helena and Clarksdale.  Local students are encouraged to submit artwork to be displayed at the exhibition. Students may choose to sell their work or have it returned to them at the end of the exhibit (suggested price, $10/piece).  All proceeds will be returned to the schools to be used at the teacher’s discretion.

How to Participate:

All groups wishing to showcase work should schedule an in-class visit from an LMRF educator and/or a tour of the WaterWays exhibit prior to beginning the project.   We strongly encourage all groups to schedule a field trip to view the exhibit for all students who wish to submit work. The exhibit is in Clarksdale from Aug 31st- Oct 13th.  

Submission Criteria:   

Water is central to human existence, it shapes how and where we live, it plays a role in culture, tradition, art and music.  The WaterWays exhibit explores the ways water plays a role in our everyday lives. Submissions should also reflect the role that water plays in our lives.  All submissions should be accompanied by a short explanation of how the art reflects the artist’s personal relationship with water. Each entry should include artists name, age, school and cost for purchasing the work.

Art Opening Reception:

Students and families are invited to attend an opening reception for the art exhibit

Helena:  Thursday, Sept 27th  5pm- 7pm

Clarksdale:  Saturday, Sept 29th  12pm-1pm

 

How to Submit:

Entries should be delivered to LMRF’s offices in Clarksdale or Helena by Tuesday Sept 25th.  

291 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale MS

107 Perry St, Helena, AR

 

Contact Information

Shannon McMulkin

Lower Mississippi River Foundation

870-753-8954

info@lowermsfoundation.org

lowermsfoundation.org

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Delta Adventure Day Camp
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Delta Adventure Day Camp

Each day we will go on a different adventure to explore the wilderness along the Mississippi River.  Activities will vary everyday but all are designed to foster a deep connection between participants and the natural world.  We will go on hikes to look for birds, turtles and other animals, we will learn outdoor skills such as camping and boat safety and we will have have the opportunity to play in nature by going kayaking, biking and swimming.  On the last day of the camp we will go out with experienced guides to an island on the Mississippi River to learn about these remote areas. Ages 7-12.  8 am-3pm daily

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Mississippi River Summer Leadership Camp
Jun
11
to Jun 15

Mississippi River Summer Leadership Camp

Current 9th-12th grade students are eligible to join us for 5 days as we paddle from Helena to Arkansas City. You will be part of the crew as you learn canoeing, camping, and navigation skills. Spots are available to residents of Phillips and Coahoma County for $100 per participant. All experience levels are welcome. All safety and camping equipment is provided.

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