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Envision Mississippi 200 Years in the Future

Envision Mississippi  200 Years in the Future

To celebrate the state bicentennial, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Library Commission and Parents & Kids Magazine invited students across the state to envision what Mississippi’s future would look like 200 years from now. Envision Mississippi is made possible through support by Trustmark Bank.

200 years. 100 artists. 1 Mississippi

Explore the past and look toward the future in the Mississippi Museum of Art’s landmark bicentennial exhibition, Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, on view through July 8, 2018. A presentation in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series is free to the public. Plan your visit at

All Envision Mississippi winners and honorable mentions will be invited to participate in a pop up art exhibition at the Museum After Hours event on Thursday, April 19, from 5:30pm at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Grand Prize Winner:

Daniel Welch, Northwest Rankin High School (grade 11), The City of Jackson in 2218

Q&A with winner Daniel Welch

What inspires you about making art?
Making art inspires me because with it I’m able to inspire the people around me. Art can speak just as much as actual words.

What do you hope for the future of Mississippi?
I hope that future achievements made by the people from here and other positive changes within the state are able to bring some positivity and crush the stereotypes we’ve developed.


Aaliyah Morton, Northwest Rankin High School (grade 10), MS Ag and Forestry Museum in 2218


Gabriel Williams, Power APAC School (grade 8), Untitled


Sarah Demis, Power APAC School (grade 9), Untitled

“In a world where people have let earth take over, we as people run to the skies. The future is in bubbles. The floaters.”


Shenice Fairconetue, Bolton-Edwards Elementary Middle School (grade 4), Mississippi Freedom Riders

“The mixture of red and blue makes purple, so it is the background of Mississippi new flag that represents the unity of political parties. In the new flag, the stars and blue background are replaced with solid gray in the bars. The mixture of black and white makes gray, and it represents the unity of black and white people. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. The bus of the freedom trail depicts the struggle of Mississippians from various backgrounds whose ancestors shed red blood, went through the valley of the shadow of death and came out onto green pastures. Light brown is the image of the interior of the bus. It is hollow wood that is painted with the story of our lives.”

Honorable Mention: Cecile Cole (age 8); Alyssa Lee, Northwest Rankin High School; Anna Belson, Jackson Prep; Mallory Gilbertson, Sacred Heart Catholic School; Abigail Ford, Purvis Middle School; Avery Demuth, Brandon Middle School; Scarlett Rolph, Mannsdale Upper Elementary; Gabriel Weaver, (age 10) homeschool



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