do it Pike County

Most art shows are collections of works by an artist or group of artists. do it is a different kind of exhibition, one that has taken place again and again around the world with a different look each time.

It began in 1993 as a conversation between a Swiss curator and two artists, exploring whether traditional exhibition formats could become more open-ended. They asked whether a show could take written instructions as a point of departure, each of which could be interpreted anew every time it was enacted.

The curator invited 12 artists to send instructions, which were translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book. In the years since, the set of instructions has grown to over 250, and do it has been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide, including major museums and university galleries.

This iteration of do it Pike County organized by Pike School of Art – Mississippi is the very first presentation of an Independent Curators International exhibition in the state of Mississippi. Instructions will be interpreted by student artists from Jubilee Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and members of the community. Exhibitions and events will take place at St. Andrew’s Activity Center, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, McComb Public Library, and Percy Quin State Park. The exhibition is a P.S. Satellite of Prospect New OrleansProspect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp taking place concurrently in nearby New Orleans.

For information on calls, upcoming events and performances, and a behind-the-scenes look at do it Pike County, please visit http://psa-ms.org/do-it/

Highway 51 Revisited: McComb, MS

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Jesse Brooks and published by Amite Tangi Digest. Click HERE for the full article.

McComb, Mississippi is the kind of town that seems to get by on day-to-day business. It doesn’t beat its chest to declare that it is better than somewhere else or decorate itself as something flashy. However, the best way to describe McComb is welcoming. You can walk into a public place or a locally owned business, and people smile and greet you. They ask you how you’re feeling and talk directly to you like they’ve known you for years.

Though McComb may sound like a typical sleepy Southern town, history suggests that it wasn’t always that way. Like so many towns that reside on Highway 51, it exists because of the expansion of the Great Northern Railroad, known today as the Illinois Central Railroad. The city was founded in 1872 after Henry Simpson McComb decided to move the railroad’s maintenance shops to the area. Railroad employment caused a city to form and blossom.

La’Porsha Renae

What’s there to say about pop sensation La’Porsha Renae? During, and especially after, her stint on American Idol, she is our hometown heroine. She overcame a number of hardships to make it on stage, where she blew away her competition week after week.

After her college graduation at the age of 22, Renae was a victim of domestic abuse. After a year, she separated from her husband and moved to McComb with her one-month-old daughter Nayalee Keya. Accompanied by her daughter, she returned to audition for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas and earned her golden ticket by performing in front of the judges with Radiohead’s “Creep”. Renae was announced as the final runner-up on April 7, 2016.

Hours after the end of the American Idol, Renae announced that she had been signed to Big Machine and Motown Records. American Idol mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO, Scott Borchetta told Billboard the reason for the signing is “because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol.”

Her debut studio album, Already All Ready was released on March 31, 2017. Buy the album HERE.