You’ve probably seen Hogwarts made of LEGOs, Star Wars spaceships, the magical world of Lord of the Rings and many other scenes from favorite stories. But have you ever seen your own city made of LEGOs? We are in for a real treat this holiday season! Back for the ninth year, Dr. Scott Crawford’s exhibit is a recreation of Jackson done all in LEGO bricks. KEEP BUILDING JACKSON is his vision of our capital city as a clean, safe, pedestrian-friendly community that welcomes everyone. Each year Dr. Crawford adds new elements to his LEGO city. This year he expanded the railways, added a part of State Fair and a huge roller coaster, and Downtown Diner which was voted for by fellow citizens. Of course, there’s always room for more Superheroes! Black Panther, General Okoye, Nakia, and Wonder Woman team up to defeat Killmonger, Ulysses Klaue, and Ares, God of War! Try to find them all!
You cannot touch any part of the exhibit. But there is a small table with LEGO pieces to create your own masterpiece.
Here is what Dr. Scott Crawford says about his exhibit:
“KEEP BUILDING JACKSON started as just a fun distraction and hobby, one way to cope with my progressing disability caused by Multiple Sclerosis. Building with LEGO is a lot like living a life with multiple sclerosis: creating something meaningful using fewer bricks than you once had. It requires creativity and a willingness to rebuild something new out of what you have left.
The display was originally intended to brighten my house for Christmas, but it soon became more. I wanted to imagine what Jackson can and will be. Before something can happen in reality, though, we must be able to visualize it, to conceptualize it happening, and finally, to WORK at it. LEGO Jackson is just one vision of our Capital City, as a clean, safe, pedestrian-friendly community that welcomes everyone. It has well-kept houses, bike lanes, sustainable energy sources, accessible streets and sidewalks, public transit, and most important of all, civic pride. People in LEGO Jackson don’t litter, but pick up trash. They seek cleaner forms of energy, reduce reuse and recycle as our Earth depends upon it. They get to know their neighbors, confront crime and injustice, care about each other, and respect themselves and their city.
Be the change you want to see in the world, as Mohandas Gandhi said. Imagine it, and it can happen.”
Keep Building Jackson will open Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 10 a.m. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Arts Center of Mississippi, 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS, 39201. Last day is Saturday, January 12th, 2019. As always, the exhibit is FREE!!!
A Night of Fun for a Good Cause
Here is an opportunity to show support to our friends living with disabilities and help improve their quality of life here in Mississippi. Join the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Torchbearers Celebration on December 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson, MS).
Guests will enjoy refreshments and live music by gifted and versatile guitarist Patrick Harkins. The night will feature the VSA Community Arts Group Gallery. And, of course, Dr. Scott Crawford’s KEEP BUILDING JACKSON LEGO Exhibit, that has become a local tradition for our community.
The tickets are $40 and can be purchased online here. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for people with disabilities. Call 601-969-0601 for details.
Know & Go
When: December 1 – January 12, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Where: Arts Center of Mississippi, 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS
Cost: Free! (Donations welcome)
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Torchbearers Celebration on December 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson, MS).