Pocket Museum presents a new Ukrainian character

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum introduces a new character to the central city.

The newest member of the museum is a mouse named Uncle Taras. It was designed by felt artist Julia Nevdaha, who lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Hattiesburg Convention Commission executive director Rick Taylor said it’s a great opportunity for people to watch the characters that have been created around the world.

“It was created with the aim of being part of the events that we organize around FestivalSouth here at the Pocket Museum and also at the nearby Saenger Theater,” Taylor said.

Taylor also said it was an important time to showcase the art coming out of Ukraine.

“The little mascot visited the USM Symphony Orchestra and (Mike) Lopinto and the producer at FestivalSouth last week,” Taylor said. “It’s just a promotion for FestivalSouth and also for the activities that will be taking place,” Taylor said.

According to Taylor, he hopes the new mascot will encourage the community to enter the next Pocket Museum Art Banner Contest.

“These characters are meant to spur interest in the alley and keep people coming back again and again,” Taylor said. “It’s about people being able to participate in the alley, not just being able to see it. It is also to let them produce art and come and see their own works here below.

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