As summer draws to a close, the Museum of the Mississippi Delta will offer a one-night pop-up exhibit featuring photographer Michael Ford with images from his book “North Mississippi Homeplace.”

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Ford will present a slide show of additional pieces and discuss his work. Accompanying him is the talented guitarist Mark “Mule Man” Massey. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and donations will be appreciated.

The museum is delighted to announce the sixth annual Arts, Leadership and Philanthropy Gala. The gala will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. This event is the museum’s main fundraiser for the year. Proceeds from the gala go toward the operations, including exhibition and program development, interpretations of the collections, children’s programs and facility upkeep.

Over the years, the museum has honored many people and institutions for their time and resources given in the area of the arts, leadership and philanthropy. We are pleased to announce that Mississippi Valley State University Fine Arts Department will receive the Contributions to the Arts award. This exceptional department has offered the community some of the finest concerts and exhibitions in the Mississippi Delta.

The Contributions in Leadership award goes to John Doty Porter. John Doty served on the museum’s Board for six years and was instrumental in guiding and participating in the museum’s nearly $500,000 renovation.

The Contributions in Philanthropy award will be presented to the Mary Emily Wilson Charitable Trust. Bob Morgan and John Pittman and others were the minds behind this trust that has given a substantial amount of money to the museum’s renovation and operating budget for years, as well as other organizations.

If you are interested in attending or donating to the gala, please go to our website, museumofthemississippidelta.com, to purchase tickets for a table or individual seats. It would be appreciated if reservations could be in by Thursday.

The museum is pleased to announce that it has been included with only 51 museums in the country to participate in a new initiative designed by the American Alliance of Museums. “Facing Change: Museum Board Diversity and Inclusion” is a program that will provide the framework, training and resources for Boards to build a diverse and inclusive culture that better reflects and serves their communities.

There are five cities that will take part in this program, one of which is Jackson. The program allows for museums within roughly a 100-mile radius to apply. Coordinated by the Mississippi Museum of Art, the other museums are Mississippi Department of Archives and History properties, including the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Thornhill at 453-0925 or director@museumofthemississippidelta.com.

• Cheryl Thornhill is the executive director of the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. Contact her at director@museumofthemississippidelta.com.

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