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          September 29, 2020, 9:00 amMarch 7, 2021, 5:00 pm CDT
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          Deliberately Distorted: The Pottery of George E. Ohr

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          Premiere: The 2020 MAX Hall of Fame Induction Video

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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, auditorily, and kinesthetically educate, inform, and entertain every visitor.

The MAX, located in Downtown Meridian, 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 educates and inspires visitors, having a tremendous impact on Mississippi's economy. Exhibits are organized around five themes – land, home, community, church, and people + places. Audio and video stories tell who, what, where, when, why, and how Mississippians have influenced the arts and the creative economy all over the world. The MAX encourages visitors to enhance their Mississippi experience and rich cultural history by exploring other new and established museums, historic homes, and cultural activities throughout the state.

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

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Director of Marketing + Communications

Position Summary

Working closely with the President & C.E.O., the Board of Directors Marketing Committee, leadership staff and colleagues across the state, the Director of Marketing and Communications will lead the effort to increase attendance and participation through marketing and public relations.  Key areas of attention will be (i) continuing to magnify the effect of our ad spend through earned media and social media, (ii) building on the market segmentation research to sharpen the focus of our message, and (iii) actively manage the relationship with our outside marketing partners.

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is looking for an experienced Director of Marketing and Communications to join our team. Please read the position description below and if you are qualified, efficient, creative and a high-energy candidate, please send a cover letter along with your resume to careers@msarts.org. The Director of Marketing and Communications directs and manages the marketing, advertising, media relations, public relations, external communications, and implements strategies within these areas that promote The MAX, its exhibits and its programming to targeted audiences in accordance with the mission and goals of The MAX.

The Director of Marketing and Communications:

  • Supervises a Marketing + PR Assistant and Graphic Designer and other contractors that are directly involved with MAX marketing and communication.
  • Develops and manages internal communications on all past, present and future MAX Marketing and PR.
  • Works with marketing contractors to plan, budget and implement all media, communications, and advertising for all MAX activities including: exhibits, programming, festival events and projects identified through the strategic planning process.
  • Consults with the Board of Directors Marketing Committee.
  • Working in a team environment, effectively communicates with target audiences to achieve preset goals for the assigned projects.

Essential areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Marketing: Develops, implements and manages The MAX marketing strategy developed with Board Marketing Committee, the executive staff and marketing contractors. Advances the marketing strategy with the Executive Team, Creative Director and Marketing Partner.
  2. Communications: Manages all external MAX communications and promotes clear internal communications on all marketing and messaging for The MAX's exhibits, programs, events. Works closely with staff and/or volunteer project leaders who are in charge of the projects assigned. Oversees all content and posting of social media and digital communications. Ability to understand the sensitive nature of exhibits and programs as they relate to cultures and political climates.
  3. Media Relations: Oversees all media relations efforts with Marketing Partner and ensures that media are aware of and writing/reporting about the MAX's exhibits and programs. Oversight of proper writing and editing of media materials including news releases and calendar announcements for distribution to local and national media. Works with the Project Leader(s) to secure collateral to distribute to the media and to use in publications.
  4. Market and Visitor Research: Develops and manages market and visitor research to acquire analytics and profiles of visitors and MAX patrons. Develops evaluations that will direct all communications efforts including public relations, marketing and advertising. Evaluates visitors' experience and gauges whether programs are meeting their objectives. Communicates visitor data to staff to increase overall effectiveness. Evaluates the effectiveness of marketing and communications strategies on an ongoing basis. Keeps staff focused on reaching and evaluating target audiences in an efficient, balanced and effective way.
  5. Budget: General oversight of all budgets of the Marketing Department (Approx. 400k). Direct management of the budget for projects assigned. Oversees the Marketing budgets and works with Marketing contractors to ensure effective spending for advertising, marketing and public relations.
  6. Administrative: Oversees all activities of MAX Marketing and activities as needed.
    Duties that support areas of responsibilities, but are not limited to the following:MAX liaison with contracted marketing partner.
    • Approve invoices for all MAX marketing/advertising in accordance to budget
    • Use a team portal/app to track all graphic projects.
    • Manage Social Media presence. Review graphics and photography for Facebook and Instagram posts. Maintain social media engagement through commenting, managed "takeovers" and sponsored posts. Review analytics and adjust tactics as needed.
    • Review concepts for print, digital and outdoor advertising.
    • Act as media support to facilitate onsite visits and other media requests.
    • Undertake continuous analysis of competitive environment and consumer trends
    • Prepare data collection and analytics for reports to executive staff and Board of Directors.
    • Help with staffing during events and festivals as needed.

Employment Requirements:
Must give authorization for a criminal background check and/or consumer report.

Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, communication or another related degree.

Previous Experience:
At least 5 years of working in or leading Marketing and Communications Management for a large organization required. Nonprofit or museum experience preferred; volunteer affiliation with a nonprofit a plus.

Other Skills + Requirements:Highly organized and able to prioritize and multitask with skills for utilizing digital tools for communication and project management. The ideal candidate for this role will have an entrepreneurial mindset with a proven ability to develop and execute effective integrated campaigns that target audience across multiple media in a cost-effective way.  Must be adept at using data to drive decisions and measure results, and must have a demonstrated ability to use social media and targeted marketing.  Must be a creative problem solver; independent thinker an effective collaborator across multiple levels of the organization. Must have supervisory experience.

Candidates from the private sector are particularly welcome if they have the skills and background as well as the personal motivation and style to succeed in a mission-driven, world class cultural institution.  One need not have a background in the arts, but a successful candidate will be passionate about art, culture and the mission of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience.

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to careers@msarts.org.


Youth Educator

The successful candidate for Youth Educator will be responsible for designing, developing, coordinating, and implementing The MAX’s arts educational programs for children Pre-K through High School, with a focus on youth ages 11-16. This full-time position reports to the Curator of Education.

Essential Functions

  • Develops and implements interdisciplinary curricula (on-site, mobile settings, and virtual) based on exhibitions and museum content for a variety of programming needs for K-12 and early childhood programs, school field trips, alternative educational settings, and gallery educator training.
    —Create grade level docent materials including dialogue outlines for gallery activities.
    —Create grade level materials for virtual education purposes
  •  Develops or oversees the creation of on-line supplementary educational resources and curricula and activities to support museum-based programs.
  • Builds relationships with K-12 teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders to develop new initiatives, collaborations, and art-related educational programs.
    —Develop resources for use in classrooms and home school environments.
    —Promote these programs in the community and around the state of Mississippi.
    —Continue the “Make Your Mark” campaign strategy and prepare for other outreach efforts in the Fall 2021.
    —Strengthen partnerships with Meridian Children’s Museum, No Child Left Behind initiative, and the MSU Riley Center.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with other museum educators regionally and nationally.
  • Works with the Curator of Education and Curator of Exhibitions to develop interpretive material and programs for exhibitions, publications, and other appropriate contexts.
    —Complete and implement the Character Building program.
    —Expand any existing programs.
  • Works closely with MAX Staff and Volunteer Manager to develop a gallery educator program; train volunteers and gallery educators.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or teaching certification is required
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a field related to arts education (pre-K-12), arts integration, or administration. Experience working with students ages 11-16 preferred.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as a team and independently
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills are fundamental to this position
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; friendly and professional demeanor
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as events require

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to careers@msarts.org.

Sound Engineer

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment in every artistic discipline. The state-of-the-art Governor’s Recording studio allows The MAX to fulfill its mission of educating and inspiring the next generation by providing a venue for artists to capture their own works.

The Sound Engineer is a 1099 contract position that will work on an as-needed basis with artists to record their work using the Governor’s Recording Studio as well as the hardware and software designated and available for the studio.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all audio aspects of recording projects from start to finish including but not limited to consulting, pre-production, recording, mixing, and post-production.
  • Plan client sessions according to the project’s needs, budget, and available time.
  • Coordinate with The MAX staff and clients on timelines, space, and equipment needs for recording sessions.
  • Communicate with The MAX staff on updates, equipment maintenance, IT maintenance, and any equipment failures.
  • Oversee studio layout for clients including equipment placement, mic placement, recording intervals, special sound needs, etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Associates degree in Audio Engineering required. Bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills are required.
  • At least two years of experience using Pro Tools, mixing, and mastering projects.

Skills and Abilities

  • Troubleshooting experience with Mac Computers, Pro Tools Software, and other media and recording applications.
  • Experience in all aspects of a recording studio including tracking, equipment operation, mic placements, software applications, etc.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to accurately track and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to careers@msarts.org.

Visitors Services Associate (part-time)

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking experienced, reliable and task-oriented individuals to provide excellent customer service to patrons of The MAX. The Visitor Services Associates will be responsible for selling tickets and memberships at the Admissions Desk.

Essential Functions

• Provide a welcoming environment and excellent customer service to patrons
• Sell tickets and memberships and other educational services
• Use Point of Sale (POS) software to sell tickets and balance cash drawers at end of shift
• Answer phones and questions in a knowledgeable and friendly manner
• Respond in a friendly manner to visitor complaints and concerns
• Assist Manager with monitoring inventory of ticketing and other supplies and lobby equipment
• Ability to be trained for other related functions

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Two or more years of experience in customer services/guest services, preferably in museums, attractions, hotel/motel or tourism guest relations environments
  • Experience in cash handling and working with complex ticketing systems is highly desired.
  • Ability to orient group tours, school tours, and speak in front of large groups.
  • Responsibility, friendliness, proper grooming, and honesty in handling cash and credit
  • Must work a part-time, flexible schedule
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. and stand for long periods of time

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email to careers@msarts.org or deliver to Human Resources: The MAX, 2155 Front Street, Meridian, MS 39301.

Housekeeper (part-time)

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking reliable individuals to provide housekeeping services at The MAX on a part-time basis.

Essential Functions

  • Sweep, scrub, mop, and polish floors
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Dust and polish furniture and fixtures
  • Empty and clean trash containers
  • Dispose of trash in a sanitary manner
  • Clean all public and staff restrooms
  • Maintain all cleaning equipment and supplies in a safe and sanitary working condition

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma, GED, or high school equivalency diploma
  • One year of experience in a facility where customers, visitors, or patients are served (museum, hotel/motel, hospital)
  • Friendliness, proper grooming, and honesty
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

Interested candidates should stop by The MAX at 2155 Front Street, Meridian, MS beginning June 2, 2020, to complete an application or email resume to careers@msarts.org.

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, Mississippi's Arts + Entertainment Experience, showcases Mississippi’s legacy in every area of the arts, honors Mississippi's worldwide legends in arts and entertainment, and inspires tomorrow's artists to follow their own creative passions.

The MAX includes a recording studio and two fine arts studios equipped with materials for 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 their 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
  • A bachelor's degree in an art discipline (or an art education degree for children's classes)
  • Ability to design and implement lesson plans that follow the Mississippi College- and Career-Ready 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:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume or CV showing formal training, exhibitions, and awards
  • Three professional references
  • A portfolio of professional artwork (electronic preferred)
  • Brief class proposals that include cost of materials, your facilitation fee, time frame needed to facilitate, and 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 stands 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 Theatre and the Dentzel Carousel (which dates from 1896), are other mainstays in the city. Meridian also has eight 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 the Key Field Air National Guard Base. Manufacturing and health care are also major contributors to the local economy. A dynamic multicultural community with a population just over 40,000, 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 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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