Two local agencies among Mississippi Arts Commission FY2015 grant recipients

The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) has granted $1.34 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for fiscal year 2015.

These funds were awarded in 46 Mississippi counties, ranging from operating support for museums and community arts centers to small grants that assist schools with bringing in guest artists. The grants will be awarded to 139 different organizations and schools and 42 to individual artists.

Grants to Union County organizations include $700 to the New Albany Main Street Association to present a puppet arts theatre and $3,750 to the Union County Historical Society to support the Down From the Hills Heritage Music and Arts Festival and Bluegrass Championship.

“The Mississippi Arts Commission is delighted to announce the FY2015 grant recipients,” stated Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director of MAC.  “We are thankful to the Mississippi Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of this agency and our work to assist artists, schools, and arts organizations across this state.  This is a true testament to the continued partnership between MAC, the Mississippi Legislature, Governor Phil Bryant, our partners at the National Endowment for the Arts, and generous arts supporters from across Mississippi.”

The applications from the grantees were reviewed by a group of panelists with artistic, managerial and educational expertise. MAC’s Board of Commissioners reviewed the panelists’ recommendations before making final funding decisions.

The Commission approved 46 artists or groups to its Artist Roster and Teaching Artist Roster. The printed versions and online resource include many of the best artists and arts demonstrators working in the state. Non-profit organizations or schools can utilize MAC’s Minigrant program to support a performance or workshop by a Roster Artist. The next deadline for the Minigrant applications will be November 3, 2014.

In addition to direct grants, MAC has accepted 30 schools into its Whole Schools Initiative program. This program provides educators with intensive professional development in integrating the arts across the curriculum.

For more information on the MAC’s grants programs, Artist Roster and other services, visit the agency’s website,


The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. MAC is the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.