The future home of the park adjacent to the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum in Leland, Mississippi. Jeremy Murdock
The NEA grant will support the design of the Jim Henson Creative Park in Leland, Mississippi. Landscape architect Robert Poore of Native Habitats will design a park in the public space along Deer Creek, connecting Jim Henson's childhood home with the City of Leland's elementary school. Mississippi State University's Department of Landscape Architecture and Stennis Institute of Government, City of Leland, and the Henson Museum of Leland will partner to host a series of public workshops that will engage the community in the park design. Leland has a population of 4,500 and 71 percent of residents are African American.