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Arts and Intercultural Workshop Held In Biloxi

This afternoon an Art and Intercultural Workshop was held at the Saenger Theater in Biloxi.

The event was a fundraiser for Gather and Grow Productions, an organization that combines artistry and activism.

Belly Dancer Myra Cox is a nurse by profession and a belly dance instructor part time.

She says dancing is a good way for actors to gain essential skills.

"It builds confidence. Coming in tune with your soul your spirit," says Cox.

Participants were able to learn and test their ranges as both singers and actors.

Workshops included film making, yoga, stage management and much more.

Organizer Patricia Causey believes their is a slow but steady revival of the arts here on the coast.

She is working towards uniting her fellow thespians.

"Yes this is a fundraiser, but it is also a friend raiser. We would like to get to know who's still here. Who are the actors and the singers that are still on the coast," says Causey.

She says her production company puts on socially conscience shows that open eyes and teach tolerance.

"Don't worry about labels and categories and demographics. We are all human beings ultimately, so we will always have more similarities than differences," says Causey.

Causey is a self proclaimed activist of the arts, who says this is a tradition that must live on.

"Our world is an increasingly technology driven society and the performing arts have become about the only tradition that has been transferred down from one generation to the next in the old fashion oral tradition," says Causey.

Gather and Grow Productions plan to hold another set of workshops in October.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the group call 831-1003.

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