What is Stray at Home – Jackson?
Stray at Home is an art and music festival that started in 2012 in Jackson, MS. We are a large-scale marketplace event, showcasing the work of contemporary Indie-craft and DIY artists. Vendors travel from all over to sell their handmade goods and original furniture and artwork. Each show is juried to feature a wide array of established and emergent designers from Mississippi and the larger southern region. Works include: furniture, home decor, lighting, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, craft
kits, handmade paper and stationary, silk screened prints, and much more.
This will be our 6th year bringing Stray at Home to downtown Jackson. We are excited to be a part of and contribute to the growing creative culture in Mississippi. Stray at Home – Jackson offers a chance for art and craft enthusiasts, designers, bloggers, music lovers and taste makers to come together to “get lost in” streets brimming with unique artistic expression, fine craftsmanship, and the sounds of talented musicians. This year’s festival will be on Saturday, May 13th 2017 in Smith Park
and surrounding streets. We will have our 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament, 32 arts and crafts vendors to discover and shop, local food and beverage vendors, kid’s crafts + other kid’s activities and live music ranging from the Indie-Alternative to Blues-Rockabilly and Americana. Come “stray” with us in Smith Park on May 13th, 2017.
Sponsorship proceeds from the 6th Annual Stray at Home Art & Music Festival will go towards the production of the festival and to amenities along the new “Museum Trail” expected to break ground in 2017 connecting downtown Jackson to Museum Drive. The Museum Trail, which sits on the old GM&O line from High Street to LeFleur’s Bluff State park will feature nearly 5 miles of protected, paved multi-use trail that will provide a scenic path to cultural attractions in the Capital City with access to 3 public parks, 6 museums and the Mississippi Farmer’s Market. The Museum Trail is made possible by the City of Jackson, the Mississippi Department of Transportation with support from the Jackson Heart Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi and other private donors. The funds allow the Trail to be constructed but don’t include important amenities such as lighting, water fountains, benches, mile markers, directional signs and other supporting items that are necessary for the Trail to be successful. Stray at Home 2017 continues to support this effort by raising funds for amenities along this Trail.
Communities throughout the country, including Mississippi, have shown multi-use paths like the Museum Trail brought with them dramatic improvements in public health and economic development. The Museum Trail is a success story of community collaboration and will be the first multi-use path in the Capital City that was asked for and advocated for by citizens, supported by local businesses and created with the City of Jackson helping to pave the way. In order to support these efforts, a “Friends of the Trail” group has emerged called the JXN Trailblazers, a group of citizens committed to increasing, supporting and advocating for paths and trails in the City of Jackson. Find out more at: www.jxntrailblazers.com