By Barbara Johnson Ross, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
Staff and visitors at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi were surprised by a Random Act of Culture on August 16, 2012. A very talented musical chamber group called the Sixth Floor Trio received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to perform Random Acts of Culture™ (RACs) across the United States. The RAC project was started by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create engaged and informed communities and to support innovative and artistically vital programs. The Sixth Floor Trio performs short (three to five-minute) performances in unexpected public places, unannounced to the audience beforehand. The trio has performed at various venues, including transportation depots, museums, airports, parks, universities, and farmers markets. The trio’s musicians are talented on various instruments; however, at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum Harrison Hollingsworth played the violin, Teddy Abrams played the keyboard and Johnny Teyssier played the clarinet.