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A digital venue where artists have the freedom to share their life stories. It's the flagship podcast series for the Mississippi School of the Arts.

Latest Episodes

E1 – A Conversation With Clinnesha Sibley

In this inaugural episode of the Creative Expression podcast, we invited Clinnesha Sibley, the Literary Arts instructor at Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA), into the podcast studio. The conversation started with sharing her story of how she entered the arts scene as a child, her college years, the beginning of her career and the eventual transition to MSA. Clinnesha gave her insights of the literary world and offered some guidance. To end the show, we included a few clips of senior literary students reciting their work. We hope you enjoy the show. About the Literary Arts program Literary Arts Blogspace Literary Instructor Joins Artists in Creative Community Cohort Books by Clinnesha D. Sibley Patrick Brown (Host) and Clinnesha Sibley (Literary Instructor). Senior literary student works: Katie Westbrook, Amaria Sumler, Jackson Palmer and Madison Cox, Photo: Clinnesha Sibley and Creative Community Fellows workshop in rural Vermont, digital music by Thomas Hart (Media Arts c/o 2018).

48 MIN2018 OCT 12
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E1 – A Conversation With Clinnesha Sibley

E2 – Mississippi School of the Arts: An Opportunity

The Mississippi School of the Arts celebrates 15 years of existence. In Episode 2 of this Creative Expression podcast, Suzanne Hirsch (Executive Director) gives insight of MSA’s purpose and achievements. We go inside the walls of the historic campus to give potential students and parents some clues why Mississippi School of the Arts is an opportunity for many throughout our state. Apply to Mississippi School of the Arts Available Programs of Study Mississippi School of the Arts Scores Second in State on ACT Mississippi School of the Arts is a public, residential high school for eleventh and twelfth graders who are seeking advanced instruction in fine arts. More information about MSA is available on the official web site at www.msabrookhaven.org. Patrick Brown (Host), Suzanne Hirsch (Executive Director), digital music by Thomas Hart (Media Arts c/o 2018).

51 MIN2018 NOV 29
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E2 – Mississippi School of the Arts: An Opportunity

E3 – 2018 MSA Chorale Fall Concert (LIVE RECORDING)

The award-winning, Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Chorale presents the 2018 Fall Concert, featuring select pieces of music and holiday classics. Listen to Episode 3 of the Creative Expression podcast as MSA chorale members bring to you a beautiful rendition of select vocal pieces and arrangements from several composing artists. This event was recorded live in concert on December 14th, 2018 in Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium concert hall, located on the campus of Mississippi School of the Arts. Star Spangled Banner (arr. Frank Asper) MSA Alma Mater (Patton Rice and Jeanne Lebow) Wait on the Lord (Rosephayne Powell) Earth Song (Frank Ticheli) The Word Was God (Rosephayne Powell) Sing Me to Heaven (Daniel Gawthorp) America the Beautiful (Buryl Red) Hodie! (John Leavitt) Infant Holy and Silent Night (Soloists: Avery Neyland and Asia Ellis) (arr. Marty Haugen) Carol of the Bells (Peter Wilhousky) Still, Still, Still (arr. Norman Luboff) Deck the Halls in 7/8 (arr. James McKelvy) Joy t...

39 MIN2018 DEC 18
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E3 – 2018 MSA Chorale Fall Concert (LIVE RECORDING)

E4 – Post-Workshop Talk With Eric Booth, The Father of Teaching Artists.

Teachers at Mississippi School of the Arts joined in a book study over the past several weeks. The book, entitled “The Everyday Work of Art,” introduces its readers to the real concept of art as a human being. Culminating the study was a workshop with the author of the book, Eric Booth. In this podcast, Suzanne Hirsch (executive director) engages in conversation to find out Eric’s thoughts on the work of art and everyday expression over the course of 22 years the book has been in existence. Eric also shares how teachers can engage the arts in their classroom by infusing the arts with academia. Eric Booth has performed in many plays on Broadway and around the country. He created the company Alert Publishing, analyzing research and trends in American lifestyles and publishing newsletters, books, and reports. He became a major figure in trend analysis, frequently quoted by the major media with interviews often appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. H...

25 MINFEB 22
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E4 – Post-Workshop Talk With Eric Booth, The Father of Teaching Artists.

E5 – Telling Stories With Alysia Burton Steele

Alysia Burton Steele was invited to Mississippi School of the Arts as a 3-day artist-in-residence (Guest Artist Residency Program). During her stay, Steele interacted with students in the Literary department, Visual Arts photography class, and school-wide Diversity Club. Alysia is author of the book “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom,” which is a collection of formal portraits and oral histories from elder African American church women, including civil rights activist Mrs. Myrlie Evers. The book was endorsed by Gloria Steinem and Roy Blount, Jr., to name a few, and highlights life during the Jim Crow era in Mississippi. In 2016, Mississippi Humanities Council named Steele the 2016 “Preserver of Mississippi Culture” award winner. Steele worked as an award-winning photojournalist and picture editor at newspapers for over 12 years, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Dallas Morning News, where she was part of the photo team that won the Pulitzer Pri...

55 MINAPR 5
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E5 – Telling Stories With Alysia Burton Steele

E6 – Rob Cooper: A Glass Artist from Jackson, Mississippi

In Episode 6 of the Creative Expression podcast, Emily Bishop, a senior visual artist at Mississippi School of the Arts, chats with Rob Cooper, a glass artist from his home city of Jackson, Mississippi. As a native of Jackson, Rob has seen many changes in the mid-town city arts scene. Emily gets into the grit about Rob’s job at Pearl River Glass Studio and how it has affected his artistic career. According to the Mississippi Arts Commission, while he has spent the last several years making work for commissions and gallery shows, Cooper plans to spend at least part of his Fellowship year deepening his knowledge of the history of the art form and trying to find ways to incorporate classic design elements into his own work. “I’m trying to re-educate myself and learn more about the history of stained glass and bringing that to what I do,” he says. “I don’t want to get too wrapped up in one style where that’s what I’m known for. That works great for getting recognition, but at th...

28 MINAPR 27
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E6 – Rob Cooper: A Glass Artist from Jackson, Mississippi

E7 – Michael Roy: An MSA Graduate and International Muralist

Mural painted in 2018 by Michael Roy at Mississippi School of the Arts. Mississippi School of the Arts welcomes Michael Roy, a first-year graduate of the visual arts program. After graduating from MSA in 2005, Michael attended the Memphis College of Art. He is an international muralist, having painted murals in cities all across America and countries such as Korea. In 2018, Michael came back home to MSA to paint a large mural on campus. Michael is the 2019 recipient of the MSA Alumni Hall of Fame. Join Suzanne Hirsch in conversation with Michael after the May 3rd awards day program. MSA Foundation and Brookhaven Trust Hosts Michael Roy Michael Roy on Instagram @birdcap www.birdcap.net Mural Collective helps make Michael Roy mural a reality Birdcap – Fusion Magazine Street Artist Birdcap – On Community and Not Losing Hope Walt Grayson “Mississippi Roads” Arts Episode Suzanne Hirsch (host), Michael Roy (guest).

42 MINMAY 12
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E7 – Michael Roy: An MSA Graduate and International Muralist

E8 – Commencement 2019 for the Mississippi School of the Arts

Listen to the Mississippi School of the Arts’ Commencement 2019. Speakers include Dr. Sebrina Palmer, director of professional development and state special schools at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer at MDE, Lydia Taylor (salutatorian), Zoe Holley (valedictorian), and Alysia Steele, the author of Delta Jewels. The commencement ends with a special composition by Patton Rice (Vocal Music instructor) entitled “To This We’ve Come,” sung by members of the MSA Chorale. Commencement was held May 23rd, 2019, at Hurst Auditorium, the fine arts center for Southwest Mississippi Community College. Episode 5 – Telling Stories with Alysia Burton Steele Suzanne Hirsch (executive director), Debra Henderson (principal), Photos by Tommie Hart and Tammy Stanford, Intro music by Thomas Hart (Media c/o 2018).

38 MINMAY 31
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E8 – Commencement 2019 for the Mississippi School of the Arts

E9 – Shaw Furlow: An Educator and a Musician’s Friend

Shaw Furlow recently joined us in the podcast studio. When he’s not behind a microphone or musical instrument, he’s out promoting the local music scene in Brookhaven. A 1969 graduate of Brookhaven High School, Shaw left his hometown to obtain his degree and pursue a career in music. After teaching music in education from middle school to high school, he returned to Brookhaven and finished his day-to-day career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where he was an instructor and band director for the Blue Wave Show Band, a stint that lasted sixteen years. His goals in songwriting, artist promotion and music production hasn’t slowed down, though. Show up at any music festival or event in the area and you’ll most likely see his face amongst the crowd. Listen to Episode 9 of Creative Expression as Shaw Furlow shares his personal story and provides a true story about Brookhaven native Bob Pittman, the co-founder of Music Television (MTV) and CEO of iHeartMedia. Find out what local mus...

46 MIN3 weeks ago
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E9 – Shaw Furlow: An Educator and a Musician’s Friend
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Latest Episodes

E1 – A Conversation With Clinnesha Sibley

In this inaugural episode of the Creative Expression podcast, we invited Clinnesha Sibley, the Literary Arts instructor at Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA), into the podcast studio. The conversation started with sharing her story of how she entered the arts scene as a child, her college years, the beginning of her career and the eventual transition to MSA. Clinnesha gave her insights of the literary world and offered some guidance. To end the show, we included a few clips of senior literary students reciting their work. We hope you enjoy the show. About the Literary Arts program Literary Arts Blogspace Literary Instructor Joins Artists in Creative Community Cohort Books by Clinnesha D. Sibley Patrick Brown (Host) and Clinnesha Sibley (Literary Instructor). Senior literary student works: Katie Westbrook, Amaria Sumler, Jackson Palmer and Madison Cox, Photo: Clinnesha Sibley and Creative Community Fellows workshop in rural Vermont, digital music by Thomas Hart (Media Arts c/o 2018).

48 MIN2018 OCT 12
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E1 – A Conversation With Clinnesha Sibley

E2 – Mississippi School of the Arts: An Opportunity

The Mississippi School of the Arts celebrates 15 years of existence. In Episode 2 of this Creative Expression podcast, Suzanne Hirsch (Executive Director) gives insight of MSA’s purpose and achievements. We go inside the walls of the historic campus to give potential students and parents some clues why Mississippi School of the Arts is an opportunity for many throughout our state. Apply to Mississippi School of the Arts Available Programs of Study Mississippi School of the Arts Scores Second in State on ACT Mississippi School of the Arts is a public, residential high school for eleventh and twelfth graders who are seeking advanced instruction in fine arts. More information about MSA is available on the official web site at www.msabrookhaven.org. Patrick Brown (Host), Suzanne Hirsch (Executive Director), digital music by Thomas Hart (Media Arts c/o 2018).

51 MIN2018 NOV 29
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E2 – Mississippi School of the Arts: An Opportunity

E3 – 2018 MSA Chorale Fall Concert (LIVE RECORDING)

The award-winning, Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Chorale presents the 2018 Fall Concert, featuring select pieces of music and holiday classics. Listen to Episode 3 of the Creative Expression podcast as MSA chorale members bring to you a beautiful rendition of select vocal pieces and arrangements from several composing artists. This event was recorded live in concert on December 14th, 2018 in Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium concert hall, located on the campus of Mississippi School of the Arts. Star Spangled Banner (arr. Frank Asper) MSA Alma Mater (Patton Rice and Jeanne Lebow) Wait on the Lord (Rosephayne Powell) Earth Song (Frank Ticheli) The Word Was God (Rosephayne Powell) Sing Me to Heaven (Daniel Gawthorp) America the Beautiful (Buryl Red) Hodie! (John Leavitt) Infant Holy and Silent Night (Soloists: Avery Neyland and Asia Ellis) (arr. Marty Haugen) Carol of the Bells (Peter Wilhousky) Still, Still, Still (arr. Norman Luboff) Deck the Halls in 7/8 (arr. James McKelvy) Joy t...

39 MIN2018 DEC 18
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E3 – 2018 MSA Chorale Fall Concert (LIVE RECORDING)

E4 – Post-Workshop Talk With Eric Booth, The Father of Teaching Artists.

Teachers at Mississippi School of the Arts joined in a book study over the past several weeks. The book, entitled “The Everyday Work of Art,” introduces its readers to the real concept of art as a human being. Culminating the study was a workshop with the author of the book, Eric Booth. In this podcast, Suzanne Hirsch (executive director) engages in conversation to find out Eric’s thoughts on the work of art and everyday expression over the course of 22 years the book has been in existence. Eric also shares how teachers can engage the arts in their classroom by infusing the arts with academia. Eric Booth has performed in many plays on Broadway and around the country. He created the company Alert Publishing, analyzing research and trends in American lifestyles and publishing newsletters, books, and reports. He became a major figure in trend analysis, frequently quoted by the major media with interviews often appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. H...

25 MINFEB 22
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E4 – Post-Workshop Talk With Eric Booth, The Father of Teaching Artists.

E5 – Telling Stories With Alysia Burton Steele

Alysia Burton Steele was invited to Mississippi School of the Arts as a 3-day artist-in-residence (Guest Artist Residency Program). During her stay, Steele interacted with students in the Literary department, Visual Arts photography class, and school-wide Diversity Club. Alysia is author of the book “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom,” which is a collection of formal portraits and oral histories from elder African American church women, including civil rights activist Mrs. Myrlie Evers. The book was endorsed by Gloria Steinem and Roy Blount, Jr., to name a few, and highlights life during the Jim Crow era in Mississippi. In 2016, Mississippi Humanities Council named Steele the 2016 “Preserver of Mississippi Culture” award winner. Steele worked as an award-winning photojournalist and picture editor at newspapers for over 12 years, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Dallas Morning News, where she was part of the photo team that won the Pulitzer Pri...

55 MINAPR 5
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E5 – Telling Stories With Alysia Burton Steele

E6 – Rob Cooper: A Glass Artist from Jackson, Mississippi

In Episode 6 of the Creative Expression podcast, Emily Bishop, a senior visual artist at Mississippi School of the Arts, chats with Rob Cooper, a glass artist from his home city of Jackson, Mississippi. As a native of Jackson, Rob has seen many changes in the mid-town city arts scene. Emily gets into the grit about Rob’s job at Pearl River Glass Studio and how it has affected his artistic career. According to the Mississippi Arts Commission, while he has spent the last several years making work for commissions and gallery shows, Cooper plans to spend at least part of his Fellowship year deepening his knowledge of the history of the art form and trying to find ways to incorporate classic design elements into his own work. “I’m trying to re-educate myself and learn more about the history of stained glass and bringing that to what I do,” he says. “I don’t want to get too wrapped up in one style where that’s what I’m known for. That works great for getting recognition, but at th...

28 MINAPR 27
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E6 – Rob Cooper: A Glass Artist from Jackson, Mississippi

E7 – Michael Roy: An MSA Graduate and International Muralist

Mural painted in 2018 by Michael Roy at Mississippi School of the Arts. Mississippi School of the Arts welcomes Michael Roy, a first-year graduate of the visual arts program. After graduating from MSA in 2005, Michael attended the Memphis College of Art. He is an international muralist, having painted murals in cities all across America and countries such as Korea. In 2018, Michael came back home to MSA to paint a large mural on campus. Michael is the 2019 recipient of the MSA Alumni Hall of Fame. Join Suzanne Hirsch in conversation with Michael after the May 3rd awards day program. MSA Foundation and Brookhaven Trust Hosts Michael Roy Michael Roy on Instagram @birdcap www.birdcap.net Mural Collective helps make Michael Roy mural a reality Birdcap – Fusion Magazine Street Artist Birdcap – On Community and Not Losing Hope Walt Grayson “Mississippi Roads” Arts Episode Suzanne Hirsch (host), Michael Roy (guest).

42 MINMAY 12
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E7 – Michael Roy: An MSA Graduate and International Muralist

E8 – Commencement 2019 for the Mississippi School of the Arts

Listen to the Mississippi School of the Arts’ Commencement 2019. Speakers include Dr. Sebrina Palmer, director of professional development and state special schools at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer at MDE, Lydia Taylor (salutatorian), Zoe Holley (valedictorian), and Alysia Steele, the author of Delta Jewels. The commencement ends with a special composition by Patton Rice (Vocal Music instructor) entitled “To This We’ve Come,” sung by members of the MSA Chorale. Commencement was held May 23rd, 2019, at Hurst Auditorium, the fine arts center for Southwest Mississippi Community College. Episode 5 – Telling Stories with Alysia Burton Steele Suzanne Hirsch (executive director), Debra Henderson (principal), Photos by Tommie Hart and Tammy Stanford, Intro music by Thomas Hart (Media c/o 2018).

38 MINMAY 31
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E8 – Commencement 2019 for the Mississippi School of the Arts

E9 – Shaw Furlow: An Educator and a Musician’s Friend

Shaw Furlow recently joined us in the podcast studio. When he’s not behind a microphone or musical instrument, he’s out promoting the local music scene in Brookhaven. A 1969 graduate of Brookhaven High School, Shaw left his hometown to obtain his degree and pursue a career in music. After teaching music in education from middle school to high school, he returned to Brookhaven and finished his day-to-day career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where he was an instructor and band director for the Blue Wave Show Band, a stint that lasted sixteen years. His goals in songwriting, artist promotion and music production hasn’t slowed down, though. Show up at any music festival or event in the area and you’ll most likely see his face amongst the crowd. Listen to Episode 9 of Creative Expression as Shaw Furlow shares his personal story and provides a true story about Brookhaven native Bob Pittman, the co-founder of Music Television (MTV) and CEO of iHeartMedia. Find out what local mus...

46 MIN3 weeks ago
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E9 – Shaw Furlow: An Educator and a Musician’s Friend
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