Performing Arts Commission meeting, 11/2

By Sheena Barnett

Here are notes from the latest Performing Arts Commission meeting at the Link Centre from Wednesday.
Those in attendance included Shawn Brevard, Melanie Deas, Doyce Deas, Bob Ray, Margaret Anne Murphey and Kit Stafford.

– This month’s Monthly Music Mix concert was Friday night, and Legacy performed.
There will be no Monthly Music Mix in December, and the series will begin again in January with a performance by a dulcimer group. Step Afrika will perform in February, and will also be in town for a residency.
Other upcoming performances include musicians with the Delta State music program (in April) and a jazz group.
The Monthly Music Mix series takes a break in July, but there was talk of skipping May, instead. No major decisions were made.

– Brevard suggested a fundraiser to pay for a new soundsystem at the Link – something like a festival of the voice, a festival that would feature all kinds of different singers. There was discussion on whether or not they would invite singers to be a part of the festival or if they would hold auditions. No plans were set in stone, just tossed around.

– Next up for the indie film screenings is the documentary “World’s Largest,” which tells the story of small towns who feature the world’s largest… stuff. Filmmaker Amy C. Elliott will be in attendance. The film screens in the Black Box at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, and it’s $5.

– Another film screening coming up at the Link: The animated movie “Valiant” will be shown, for free, on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Link, as a part of the Week of the Family.

– The Underground Film Festival recently took place at the Link Centre, with about half of the films having some kind of Link Centre connection (they were either filmed there or some part of the post-production took place there).

– Online ticket sales are going very well for the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra. The season opener brought out a packed house. The next concert is Dec. 10 at the Civic Center, and it’s a Christmas show featuring the ICC Chorus and Tupelo Symphony Children’s Chorus.

– Brevard suggested everyone take a look at the Mississippi’s Creative Economy study (available at mscreativeeconomy.com) for anyone interested in the way the arts impact a community’s economy. She also suggested a Young Professionals-type group for the arts/artists, and suggested brainstorming ideas the Performing Arts Commission can promote creativity in the community.