Educators invited to Keats special exhibit at The MAX

The Mississippi Arts+ Entertainment Experience (The MAX), will formally open a special Ezra Jack Keats exhibition Saturday, Feb. 5 and all teachers and educators are asked to consider a field trip with their students to the exhibit.

Including more than 35 of the cherished author’s works, the collection titled Drawn Inside the Margins: The Diverse World of Ezra Jack Keats features original sketches, illustrations and type sets never before presented in Meridian. These rare materials – sprung from the famously imaginative mind of Brooklyn-based, Caldecott Award-winning author and artist Ezra Jack Keats- are on loan from the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi (see attached flier) and the exhibit is sponsored by Sheryl and Jay Davidson.

The Keats works, their colorful settings, and his story characters’ adventures galvanize educators, parents and students of all ages. Keats’s stories validate everyone.

Classroom teachers, students, and teachers in training are invited to arrange a field trip to Meridian during this exhibit’s run from Feb. 5 – April 16. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. To schedule a field trip, or for more information, the MAX point of contact is Ethan Grisham, He can also be reached at (601) 581- 1550, extension 10.

Classroom teachers are admitted to The MAX and its special exhibits at no cost. Inform the front desk you are part of the INVITATION TO ARTS ADVOCATE outreach, and you will be entitled to one free admission – for yourself (if you are not a classroom teacher), or for a second visitor.

Regular admission ranges from $14 for adults to free for children 5 years old and younger. The admission charge for school field trips for 10 or more is $5 per student. To learn more about The MAX, including its permanent exhibits, see