About The MAX

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

The $45 million Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment entrepreneurs in every artistic discipline. The MAX is a statewide asset with a mission to recognize and honor legendary artists through hands-on exhibits that visually, auditory, and kinesthetically educate, inform, and entertain every visitor.

The MAX is housed in an iconic, two-level structure consisting of over 58,000 square feet with 22,000 square feet devoted to visitor experiences. The unique and informative exhibit design planned for the facility will educate and inspire visitors, having a tremendous impact on Mississippi’s economy. Exhibits are organized around five themes — land, home, community, church, and people. Audio and video stories are planned to tell who, what, where, when, why, and how Mississippians have influenced the arts and the creative economy all over the world. The MAX is expected to draw over 150,000 people annually and it will encourage visitors to enhance their Mississippi experience and rich cultural history by exploring other new and existing museums, historic homes, and cultural activities throughout the state.

A Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, unveiled in 2009, will make its way from the nearby MSU Riley Center to The MAX site. New Walk of Fame stars will join existing Mississippi legends, including Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, B.B. King, William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, Hartley Peavey, and others. Other elements will include a Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame, gift shop, broadcast studio, art studio, multi-purpose room, outdoor stage, and courtyard that can be used by schools, civic clubs, churches, and individuals for special programs and events.

Join The MAX

Youth Educator (Part-time)

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is accepting applications for Youth Educator. This position is part time and available for immediate hiring.

The successful candidate will coordinate, implement, and curate a cohesive group of education programs and partnerships that link school and community audiences from Pre-K through 8th grade with the exhibitions of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience.  This position acts as an integral part of the program development process and will work closely with the Curator of Education and key staff members on the development and implementation of educational programs and partnerships. The Manager of Youth Education is committed to arts-integration K-8 education and creates innovative and collaborative educational programs for children and families with various community partners.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s of Science in education or related degree including a teaching certification and experience in art or museum education, arts integration or related field.  The position also requires at least three (3) years of experience in a museum setting or similar
• Prior supervisory experience.
• Knowledge of current education theories and trends in formal and informal educational settings.
• Ability to work in hands-on education programs.

Essential Functions

  • 40% Develops and implements interdisciplinary curricula (on-site, mobile settings, and virtual) based on exhibitions for a variety of programming needs including early childhood programs, school field trips, alternative educational settings, and gallery educator training.
  • 15% Builds relationships with K-8 teachers and administrators, and with community, stakeholders to develop new initiatives, collaborations, and art-related educational programs and to promote these programs in the community and around the state of Mississippi.
  • 15% Works with the Curator of Education and Curator of Exhibitions to develop interpretive material and programs for exhibitions, publications, and other appropriate contexts.
  • 10% Works closely with the Staff and Volunteer Manager to develop and train volunteers and gallery educators, for a corps of gallery educators, and develop a gallery educator program for volunteers and MAX staff.  Serves as museum liaison to gallery educators corps.
  • 10% Collaborates with local school leadership and school administrators as appropriate, to develop resources for use in classrooms and through home school environments.
  • 10% Develop or oversee the creation of on-line supplementary educational resources and curricula and activities to support museum-based programs. Additionally, establishes and maintains relationships with other museum educators regionally and nationally.

Special or Physical Qualifications

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. to move art materials and set up outreach projects, including tents.
  • Must be available to work some nights and weekends
  • Certifications/Licenses:
    — A fine arts or liberal arts degree in art history, art education or related humanities field is required.
    — Current, valid Driver’s license is required.
  • Additional Position Information:
    — Background Check: An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Interested candidates should email cover letter and resume to or mail to:
Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience
Human Resources
P.O. Box 148
Meridian, MS 39302

Call for Art Instructors for Workshops

In order to inspire tomorrow’s artists to follow their dreams, The MAX is seeking proposals from talented art instructors in all art forms, from drawing and ceramics, to poetry and acting.

Dedicated to celebrating and honoring the lives and works of talented Mississippians who have touched the lives of so many around the world, The MAX, the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, will showcase Mississippi’s legacy in every area of the arts, honor Mississippi’s worldwide legends in arts and entertainment, and inspire tomorrow’s artists to follow their own creative passions.

The MAX includes a recording studio, and two fine arts studios equipped with the materials necessary to offer ceramics study and space to facilitate all fine arts practices.

The MAX seeks qualified instructors, as independent contractors, to teach art classes for children and adults that encourage self-expression and creativity. Instructors must possess an enthusiasm for teaching, extensive experience within their specialized art discipline, classroom management skills, and experience preparing class materials and implementing lesson plans. Candidates should be willing to challenge, engage, and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect.

Applicants will be assessed on the breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities.


  • Commitment to The MAX’s mission of providing quality arts education to members of the community
  • Bachelor’s Degree* in an Art discipline (or an Art Education degree for children’s classes)
  • Able to design and implement lesson plans that follow the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Arts
  • Ability and willingness to promote classes
  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of people
  • Knowledge of various learning styles and curriculum design

Proposals should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV showing formal training, exhibitions and awards
  • Three professional references
  • Portfolio of professional artwork (Electronic preferred)
  • Brief class proposals that include cost of materials, your facilitation fee, time frame needed to facilitate, length of series (Consider offering unique courses that challenge you as an instructor and your students as artists. Emphasize the skills and knowledge your students can expect to obtain from the course.)

Please direct the above application materials to the Adult Educator at Elizabeth@Msarts.Org


The MAX is being constructed on one of the most prominent sites in downtown Meridian, the first city in Mississippi with a Designated Entertainment District. The city boasts several architecturally significant historic buildings, including the 1890 Grand Opera House, now fully restored and a part of the MSU Riley Center; the Threefoot Building, an art deco masterpiece that became Meridian’s tallest skyscraper; and Meridian’s Carnegie Library, which now houses the Meridian Museum of Art. The Meridian Little Theater and the Dentzel Carousel (which dates from 1896), are other mainstays in the city. Meridian also has nine recognized historic districts and neighborhoods, including the largest collection of historic buildings in a downtown district in the state.

Meridian is known as “The Strategic Center of the South” and boasts a significant military presence which includes Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field. Manufacturing and health care are also major contributors to the local economy. A dynamic multi-cultural community with a population just over forty thousand, Meridian has a broad reach to larger populations in Jackson, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis. The community also offers a relatively low cost of living with the median home price in Meridian at $85,300.

A Mississippi State University (MSU) campus and the Meridian Community College add to the vibrancy of the city and workforce development. The MSU Riley Center, a strategic partner with The MAX, opened its doors in September 2006 to offer cultural, artistic, and educational experiences like no other in the region. The multifaceted center attracts more than 60,000 visitors to downtown Meridian annually for conferences, meetings, and performances. The center includes the fully restored grand opera house theater that seats approximately 950, a 200-seat studio theater, and 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a large exhibit hall, breakout rooms, and boardrooms, all equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and built-in technical features to create the optimal meeting environment.

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