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LMRD 802 ~ Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Lower Mississippi River"
~~~Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020~~~
BEAM-ing TODAY ~ FB live at 4pm!

From the Banks of the Sunflower River

Deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta
The Beautiful Struggle to Live -- and Thrive
In a World Gone Wild, of Dark & Light

The Beautiful Struggle:
The Species of the Sunflower River

WooOOOT! It’s time to BEAM!! Please join us to TODAY at 4:00 PM CST via Facebook Live with our very own Mark River Peoples by the banks of The Sunflower as he and the Mighty Quapaw team give you an insider’s understanding of the fish, snakes and amphibians that call the Sunflower River home; and how the Sunflower’s disconnection from the Misssissippi River changed its diversity and habitat- making it America’s Most Endangered River (2018).

Thanks to the incredible support of our partners Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Lower Mississippi River Foundation, and the Mississippi Arts Commission, we’re bringing our backyard to yours!!

Have your questions ready!! We’ll see you later, gator -- at 4pm CST today!!

Today, 4pm, live streaming with river legend Mark River Peoples and the fishes, snakes and froggies, skinks, geckos and lizards of the Arkansas/Mississippi Delta!

From behind the Quapaw Canoe Company, on the banks of the Sunflower River.

If you can't attend, this will be archived tomorrow on Vimeo for future viewing. Click on below link below for all the details.

The Beautiful Struggle: the Species of the Sunflower River

From the BEAM 2020 Archives
(on Vimeo):

BEAM Intro: Meet Our Dug-Outs!

BEAM Session #1: The Spirit of the Tree

Grandfather Cypress Falls

BEAM Session #2


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Mississippi Arts Commission
invests in our state’s makers through a variety of grant programs supporting nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and individual artists. Through the arts, diverse communities of all sizes can better identify shared values, create vibrant public spaces, and enhance the effectiveness of schools. The arts also attract visitors who leave with a strong, positive image of Mississippi. Fostering excellence in the arts provides the inspiration to generate a higher quality of life for all citizens.


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art inspires discovery, imagination, and community-building on the Gulf Coast and beyond through programs, exhibitions, and outreach; and embodies Walter Anderson’s vision for societies in harmony with their environments. "Our mission is to empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists."

Lower Mississippi River Foundation is dedicated to promoting stewardship of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River through deep engagement.


1Mississippi River Citizen Program: River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America’s greatest River. Whether in armchairs or wading boots, River Citizens protect the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. Together, we can protect the River for future generations. Take the first step today and sign up for free as a River Citizen at 1Mississippi, can the River count on you?"


Balance, Diversity, Democracy

Quapaw Canoe Company core values are balance, diversity, and democracy, which all derive from our experience paddling big canoes on the big waters of North America. Balance is exemplified by the passage of our canoes. Everything we do is about keeping even keel. To do otherwise is dangerous to our health and well-being. Pandemic, racism and wildfires are symptoms of the imbalance we seek to counteract in our services and work as canoe builders, guides & outfitters. Other imbalances include species loss, global warming, and loss of wild places. Diversity for us includes all peoples and all creatures great and small. We have always created equal access for all. Our staff reflects our regional demographics, around 60% Black and 40% White. Since 1998 we have made it our mission to make sure all communities found along the Lower Mississippi River enjoy equal access to the wonders of the big river, and the life changing experience of the wilderness. Our adventures practice the best qualities of Democracy. Everyone in the big canoe sets aside their differences and paddles together for the good of the whole. We believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Inherent in life is the right to breathe clean air, the right to drink clean water, the right to eat good food, and the right to live in healthy shelter, in healthy communities.



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