Culture and Arts

The arts reflect the heart of a society. They keep our world vibrant and relevant. They provide an enduring legacy that offers insight into ourselves, as well as cultures of other times and places.

Cultural Enrichment

Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

The Ford Center is a world-class arts and entertainment venue for the state and region, offering music, drama, and dance performances to the general public. But most performing arts centers rely upon private contributions to sustain operations and programming, and the Ford Center is no different. The newly launched Celebrating the Arts campaign aims to double the Ford Center’s endowment, bringing it to $3 million.

View the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts website.

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Strengthen Our Roots

University Museum and Historic Houses

The museum is proud to serve the community through programs, events, and new exhibitions. It depends heavily on the support of patrons to bring in new shows and for the upkeep of historic treasures, including William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak.

View the University Museum website.

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Nurturing Understanding

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Over the last 40 years, the Center has become a focal point for innovative education and research on the American South, strengthening the university’s instructional program in the humanities, promoting scholarship on many aspects of southern culture, and encouraging public understanding of the South as a diverse and complex space.

View the Center for the Study of Southern Culture website.

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Seeds of Change

Southern Foodways Alliance

The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Our work sets a welcome table where all may consider our history and our future in a spirit of respect and reconciliation.

A member-supported organization based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the SFA collects oral histories, produces films and podcasts, publishes great writing, sponsors scholarships, mentors students, and stages events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South.

View the Southern Foodways Alliance website.

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