Creative Economy

Local artists show their work in galleries across Columbia, with several in the Downtown Columbia District.  This one is Artwistic Revolution, a local artists coop.

Local artists show their work in galleries across Columbia, with several in the Downtown Columbia District. This one is Artwistic Revolution, a local artists cooperative gallery.

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Rows of beautifully hand-crafted lighting fixtures by St. James Lighting await shipping to customers.

The citizens and residents of Columbia and Marion County boast a creative culture with influence across varied areas of the community. For example, in manufacturing, St. James Lighting creates beautiful hand-crafted lighting fixtures with customers across the nation and Canada. Dozens of local artists are contributing to local economic growth, through the historic Main Street District’s resurging retail atmosphere to new developments across the county.  In addition, proximity to the University of Southern Mississippi and Pearl River Community College, which claim the finest art schools in the state, provides access to a wealth of resources and assets these institutions offer. All of this means Marion County benefits from a creative spirit and economy exhibited in events and businesses throughout the region.

In December, the annual Christmas Parade and Candlelight, Carols, and Claus, a downtown festival, bring crowds into the Historical Main Street District.

In December, the annual Christmas Parade and Candlelight, Carols, and Claus, a downtown festival, bring crowds into the Historical Main Street District.

Several local events and festivals  provide opportunities for artists and performers.

Several local events and festivals provide opportunities for artists and performers.