Events

Spring Break Make + Take: Music Lab

Children, teenagers, and their parents/caregivers can stop by any time between 1–3pm for a creative 30-minute workshop inspired by The MAX exhibits, designed and led by a licensed educator. Free with museum admission. Registration recommended. Register Here  Friday, March 18 — Music Lab

Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival

Along with the Margaret Walker Center, Eudora Welty House, and Piney Woods School, The MAX plays host to the 50th Anniversary Prologue of the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival on March 26. Phillis Wheatley was the first African American author of a published book of poetry. Enslaved in Boston, her owners taught her to read and …

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Exhibit Opening Reception—Family Legacy: Frank Estrada

Members and their guests are invited to meet Frank Estrada and his family at the opening preview of the exhibition, Family Legacy. The exhibition celebrates the appreciation and love Estrada has for his family and includes family portraits, some combined with an augmented reality (AR) experience. RSVP by March 27. Call 601-581-1550 ext. 10 or …

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The Gestalt Gardener+Friends Live at The MAX

The Gestalt Gardener is a long-time favorite on MPB Think Radio, thanks to Felder Rushing’s laid-back, your-neighbors-might-talk-but-so-what approach to gardening. In addition to his normal callers, Felder will chat with the audience. Bring  your questions and stories to share. Felder is the host of MPB’s The Gestalt Gardener which airs Fridays at 9am and Saturdays …

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1st Saturday: Spring Fling

Celebrate the season with us at The MAX Spring Fling! We’ll have activities all day for all ages, including food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, spring crafts, lawn games, and more. 1st Saturday events are free with museum admission. Discount admission: $5 Adults  |  $1 Ages 6–17 | Free for 5 and under.  Schedule of …

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Illustrated Talk with Felder Rushing: Getting Away with Wildflowers in Town

Join us as Felder Rushing highlights astonishing Mississippi native plants—of all kinds—suitable for gardens and landscapes. He’ll give easy tips on how they can be used in combinations with other plants and share photos of dreamy English gardens filled with “our” plants. Bring a well-rooted plant to swap with other attendees. Rules for plant swap: …

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MCC’s Take One + Stage Two Performance

Join us for a performance by Meridian Community College Arts & Letters Take One and Stage Two youth theater groups. The groups will present excerpts from  previous stage performances. Free with museum admission. Photo courtesy of The Meridian Star.

Lindsay Carraway Collage Art Workshop

 In this workshop, participants will learn about Ezra Jack Keats' award-winning children's books illustrated with collage art. Led by self-taught painter and mixed-media artist Lindsay Carraway, you'll create original collage art pieces to take home. Open to all ages. Families are encouraged to attend. Supplies included. Free with museum admission. Registration required. Register Here

MAXCreates: Splatter Art

MAXCreates workshops for ages 10–15 will be held the first Tuesday of every month. In April, participants will create Splatter Art. Led by a museum educator, they are free and open to the public. Registration Required

Blues Series: Chris Gill

What do you get when you mix equal parts soul, funk, jazz, reggae, blues and a nice hefty scoop of New Orleans fat back boiled in a pot of full-out energy? You get the white hot sound of Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers. If you’re hungry for something fresh and heavy in rhythm, the …

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert: Stephen Wade Scott

Join us for our April Brown Bag Lunch Series with guest artist Stephen Wade Scott. Bring your friends and your lunch to the courtyard at The MAX for live music by this singer/songwriter/guitarist from Hattiesburg. Free and open to the public.

Sipp & Savor Food & Drink Experience

Sip on cold beer, fine wine, and craft cocktails. Savor irresistible bites from the South's top chefs. Experience the culinary tradition of the South like you never have before. This spring, The MAX will be the home to 20 award-winning Southern chefs, and Mississippi's most popular brewers and distillers. Sample a tasting menu and specialty …

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MAXCreates: Comic Book Art

MAXCreates workshops for ages 10–15 will be held the first Tuesday of every month. In May, artist and Northeast Lauderdale High School teacher Cary Haycox will lead participants in the creation of comic book art. The workshops are free and open to the public. Registration required. Register Here

Exhibit Opening Reception—The World on Paper: The Expressions & Realisms of Cathy Hegman + Laurin McCracken

Members and their guests are invited to the opening preview of the exhibition, The World on Paper: The Expressions & Realisms of Cathy Hegman + Laurin McCracken. Sponsored by the Paul & Sherry Broadhead foundation, The World on Paper is a consideration of what the world is and what it could be. The watercolor artists, …

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1st Saturday: I Love Mom

Stop by The MAX and create a special Mother’s Day gift for your mom. Match the Mississippi Moms with their famous sons and daughters and win a prize. Enjoy lawn games and free refreshments all day. 1st Saturday events are free with museum admission. Discount admission: $5 Adults  |  $1 Ages 6–17 | Free for …

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“Paint Your Own Cookie” Workshop

Kasey with Kasey’s Cookie Shop will facilitate a “Paint Your Own Cookie” drop-in style workshop. Limited to 100 participants. Free with 1st Saturday admission. While supplies last.

Make+Take: Pressed-flower Art Cards

Visitors can attend a 30-minute Make+Take Workshop and create original pressed-flower Mother’s Day cards (stop by anytime between 10am and Noon). Designed and led by a licensed educator. Registration recommended. Register Here

WineDown: Pinot Grigio

The second most popular white wine in America, Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) is a dry white wine that has a punchy acidity with flavors of lemons, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. At its most basic, Pinot Grigio is a refreshing white wine that, when served cold, is the perfect respite from a hot summer’s day. Rules for the WineDown: …

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Mini Maestros

Mini Maestros uses drama, music, and art to connect children with the mission of The MAX and engage them in activities that nurture early childhood development. This program occurs every first and third Thursday from 10:30-11:30 am and is free for children 5 and under and their caregivers. Registration recommended. Free program. Register Here

1st Saturday: Celebrate Family

This month we’re giving a nod to fathers and families. Make a gift for Dad at the Make+Take Workshop, view the Family Legacy exhibit and create an original block print with featured artist Frank Estrada, and celebrate with the families and graduates of The MAX Sound of Success program. Lawn games and free refreshments. 1st …

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Make+Take Workshop: Stamped Art Frames

Visitors to The MAX can attend a 30-minute workshop (any time from 10am–Noon) and create a stamped art frame—just add your photo and you have the perfect gift for Dad on Father’s day. Designed and led by a licensed educator. Registration recommended. Register Here

Block Printing Workshop: Frank Estrada

Block printing is a relief printing technique that uses a carved material to transfer ink onto paper or fabric, much like a stamp. Frank Estrada will lead a workshop on how to create an linocut, a print created by carving a linoleum block. Supplies included. Limited capacity. Registration required. Free with museum admission. Register Here

MAXCreates: Painting by Numbers

Join us to develop friendships, explore new art forms, and learn more about Mississippi artists. In June, participants will learn oil painting through paint-by-numbers activities. Free and open youth ages 10–15. Registration required.  Register Here

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Audio Engineer Camp

This summer The MAX is offering Audio Engineer Camps in June and July. Participants ages 14–18 will receive a hands-on experience in the Governor's Recording Studio working with a sound engineer in this four-day, 2.5-hour camp. Students will learn the fundamentals of sound recording techniques, tracking, recording software, recording hardware, signal routing, effects, plug-ins, and …

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