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Miss Leaf River Valley To Lead State Lobby Effort

 

Hattiesburg’s Ivey Swan is set to partner with The Mississippi Arts Commission to launch their annual State Arts Lobby Day. Swan, recognized by The Hattiesburg Arts Council as an official Arts Advocate, will appear on statewide television as a guest on WLBT-TV’s Midday Mississippi on Wednesday, March 23.

 

HAC’s Executive Director Rebekah Johnson hopes that Swan will advocate for access and equity for children to receive a complete education that includes the arts. Swan plans on doing just that. “HAC is expanding their programming and casting a wider net to serve its diverse community. Providing arts experiences to all is paramount to my mission.”

 

On the following day, Thursday March 24, Swan will join MAC and arts advocates from all over the state to lobby for funding for the arts in Mississippi.

 

“We are excited that Ivey Swan will be joining us for Mississippi Arts Day at the Capitol,” states MAC Director of Communications Allison Washington. “We would love for her and Artie to join us on this day.” Artie is Swan’s iconic talking paint brush that has become an ambassador for the arts in Mississippi.

 

While at the state capitol, she hopes to be a part of the MAC committee that is asking to meet with Governor Phil Bryant regarding Mississippi’s tremendous arts heritage and how we transform the Magnolia State’s rich arts tradition into a creative economy that benefits our cities and state.

 

More on Swan can be found online at artieforthearts.com.


 

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Miss Leaf River Valley's Outstanding Teen Isabella Rubenstein

 

Life can sometimes resemble a jigsaw puzzle. In order to make the complex pieces of our existence fit, to be at peace within ourselves, and in order to lead successful lives, there are certain pieces of the life puzzle we must possess. I call those three pieces: Sparkle, Spirit and Shine. Being Jewish and making that whole “faith thing” work at school and in social settings with my friends has made me stand on the principle that everybody deserves a place to fit in. Leading the only Mississippi-based chapter of a national movement called “The Sparkle Effect,” I use my local celebrity as a varsity cheerleader to involve special needs girls in cheer routines, game performances and national camps. I want every person I meet to find a group where they can be productive and help those around them SPARKLE.

 

Like the movie title suggests, everyone needs a “Leap of Faith!” Studying to read, write and speak Hebrew motivated me. Everybody on the planet needs to find their own passionate commitment to some SPIRIT that gives them zest for life. When others can see and feel that energy, the force is with you! Once you have mastered Sparkle and Spirit, it is now time to SHINE. Set goals that incentivize you to achieve. A rigorous academic track in Physics, science fairs, and Advanced Placement (AP) Classes all remind me that we can always be better than we are.

 

Tzedakah is a Hebrew phrase that underscores the importance of giving to others and the peace that it brings to our individual lives. When I visit schools, speak at civic clubs, and engage the media, I invite everyone I meet to become a Tzedakah Soldier. When we discover the Missing PEACE in our lives, we can neutralize ISIS, solve immigration problems, heal racial divides and even take a stab at solving world peace! By finding the Missing PEACE, an Army of Caring can rise up and conquer the world.


 

 

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