Hinds Community College will host the 31st annual Mississippi and the Arts Week from March 25-28.

This year’s Arts Week includes appearances by Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux, Mississippi College professor David Miller and cartoonist and writer Marshall Ramsey and many more. See full schedule below.

Peggy Brent, Raymond Campus English instructor for more than 50 years and long-time chair of the English and Modern Language department, passed away in January. She had spent several weeks lining up participants for the event before she became ill and then passed away on Jan. 12.

“Even though it will be tough without the help of Mrs. Brent, we are going to make sure this year’s Arts Week is a success,” said Laurie George, English department secretary and Arts Week committee member. “We know Mrs. Brent would be proud of what we are doing: celebrating local artists by continuing on with her favorite Hinds event.”

The full schedule is as follows:

MONDAY, March 25


8:30 a.m.                                 Dedication

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Mississippi and the Arts Week Scholarships

Hogg Auditorium                     Dr. Clyde Muse

                                                      Jackie Granberry


10 a.m.                                    Margaret McMullan, Writer 

Hogg Auditorium                     “Your Dream of Being a Writer

Cain-Cochran Hall                  and Making it Become a Reality”

                                                       Lecture and Visuals/Book signing


11 a.m.                                    Tim Gautreaux, Writer

Hogg Auditorium                     “A Reading from THE MISSING”

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Lecture/Book signing


1 p.m.                                      Brandi Perry, Writer

Cain-Cochran Hall                  “The Joy and Power of Reading and Writing”

Room 238                                    Innovative Collaborative Workshop

TUESDAY, March 26


8 a.m.                                     Sara Teasley, Clay Artist

Reeves Hall                            “Connecting Through Pottery”

Room 165                                Lecture/Demonstration


9:30 a.m.                                 Hinds Community College Concert Band

Hogg Auditorium                     Randy Mapes, Director

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble

                                                       Shane Sprayberry, Director



11 a.m.                                   Marshall Ramsey, Cartoonist and Writer

Hogg Auditorium                     “Fried Chicken and Wine”

Cain-Cochran Hall                   Lecture/Book signing

12 p.m.                                    Becky Tustain, APRN, BC

Nursing Allied Health Center  “Mind Body Medicine”

Annex Building, Room LL15   Lunch and Learn


2 p.m.                                      Dr. Samuel Jones, Educator/Mentor/Author

Hogg Auditorium                    “The Power to Make A Difference”

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Hinds Community College Honors Forum


2:00 p.m.                                 Guy Hovis, Singer

Riggs Manor                           Performance


7:00 p.m.                                 Marta Szlubowska, Violinist

Reeves Hall                            Performance

Room 121




8 a.m.                                      Lisanne Miller, Fiber Artist

Reeves Hall                            “The Art and History of Rug Hooking”

Room 165                               Lecture and Demonstration


9 a.m.                                      Hinds Community College Stage Band 

Hogg Auditorium                     Bob Cheesman, Director

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Performance


10 a.m.                                    David Miller, Literary Scholar

Hogg Auditorium                     “I Let Him Go On in His Own Way: Sources Cain-Cochran Hall                                                  and Styles of Mark Twain’s Humor”



11 a.m.                                   Michelle Baker, Festival Coordinator

Hogg Auditorium                     “Films of Mississippi and the South with Cain-Cochran Hall                                                       Crossroads Film Festival”

                                                Lecture/ Visuals


12:30 p.m.                               Dr. Samuel Jones, Educator/Mentor/Author

Hogg Auditorium                     “The Power to Make A Difference”

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Hinds Community College Honors Forum



THURSDAY, March 28


8:15 a.m.                                 Lendon Players

Brooks Theatre                       Alison Stafford, Director

                                                “Arsenic and Old Lace”



8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.                Dayton Scoggins, Chainsaw Artist

McLendon-Gibbes Mall          “Artistry in Wood”   

Wood Carving Demonstration


9:30 a.m.                                 Bridget Archer Performing Arts Company

Hogg Auditorium                     in Collaboration with The Montage Dancers

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Performance                          


11 a.m.                                    Hinds Community College Utica Campus Jubilee Singers

Hogg Auditorium                     Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, Director

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Performance

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