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Mississippi Children’s Museum

The award-winning Mississippi Children’s Museum provides hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs for all children and their families. Visitors can explore the cultural arts, literacy, health, nutrition, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and Mississippi history through- out their 50,000-square-foot facility. The latest addition to the campus is the Literacy Garden where children can enjoy whimsical, literary-inspired sculptures, innovative technology, and native plants along with an edible garden combine to pull children into the creative, limitless world of stories and imagination. The museum hosts over two-dozen major events throughout the year including their Dr. Seuss Silly Birthday Celebration, the adults-only Neon Nights and various traveling exhibits.

COFO Civil Rights Education Center

Established in 1961, the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) unified the efforts of civil rights organizations in Mississippi, including SNCC, CORE, SCLC, the NAACP and other groups. Focused on voter registration and education, COFO organized the 1963 Freedom Vote, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the 1964 Freedom Summer project. Reopened by JSU in 2011, the Center challenges and empowers visitors, cultivates young minds and develops future leaders.

Arts Center of Mississippi

The Arts Center of Mississippi is a non-profit organization for the advancement of the arts in the Jackson area dedicated to inte- grating the arts into community life through collaborations, out- reach programs, exhibitions, cultural events and educational oppor- tunites. The center is home to several arts organizations and exhibits that are open to the public.