(from legends magazine)
By Julian Rankin
Photography by Marianne Todd
There’s something in the water that fueled Muddy Waters. Something incomprehensible about the past that kept Faulkner up at night. Something spiritual that inspired Leontyne Price. Something mad that molded George Ohr. Something kind that guided Jim Henson. That something is place, enigmatic and arduous and triumphant. From the front porch to the church sanctuary to the kitchen. That place is Mississippi, and its story is told in Meridian at the freshly minted Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience...
Over the past two years, construction has been on overdrive downtown in The Queen City. Business owners remark of the ever-present buzz emanating from the corner of Front Street and 22nd Avenue as The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience – all 60,000 square-feet of it – rises from the earth. The buzz reverberates across the state, too. The MAEEX has been a long time coming, bringing with it exciting new ways for the world to revel in and appreciate Mississippi excellence...
Fred Cannon, member of The MAEEX Board of Directors and CEO of Creative and Dreams Music Network, has been a part of the project for more than two decades. After a globetrotting career in the music industry with BMI, he returned home in the mid-1990s with a passion to put Mississippi squarely in the spotlight. “Because Mississippi,” says Cannon, “really is the center of culture in America.”
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