The cultural opportunities provided by Mississippi University for Women cannot be overlooked in evaluating its contributions to the quality of life of the greater community.
For decades, The W has worked with Columbus and Lowndes County to attract students, tourists, prospective residents, as well as business and industry to the region for educational offerings, both inside and outside the classroom.
Outreach has always been at the core of The W’s mission. Arts and culture play a significant role in the university’s outreach and have helped it to be a vital contributor to the region’s creative economy.
The W is home to more than 100 cultural events yearly, most which are free for the public to enjoy. From the second annual Music by Women Festival to the premier Welty Weekend at The W series to being the home of the first dedicated gallery space in the IHL system, these programs attract visitors at local, regional, national and international levels.
In this issue of Visions, you will learn more about The W’s cultural impact and how that extends beyond what can be measured in economic terms.
I invite you to read about the many campus events and festivals that enhance the quality of life across Columbus and the state by strengthening the community, raising awareness of diversity and inclusion and fostering a sense of community pride.
Cultural connections are also being made possible through The W’s Culinary Arts Institute and through thoughtful and engaging non-credit courses taught as part of the Life Enrichment Program (LEP).
Flip through the pages and read about students and alumni who are directly and indirectly impacting their communities by sharing their artistic talents and skills in the areas of music, art and theatre.
Lastly, we know that most of these cultural opportunities would not be possible without the support of the community and partners and generosity of alumni and friends of the university.
We are grateful for these partnerships, which have proven to be a winning tradition over the years. We also welcome alumni back and invite our friends to explore how The W continues to enrich and improve lives through cultural opportunities.
Jim Borsig, Ph.D.