Area arts groups get $178,000 in grants

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Down on Main concert series, Corinth Theatre-Arts and the Baldwyn Main Street Players are a few of the arts organizations that will receive grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission for 2013.
Programs and artists in Northeast Mississippi will be awarded $178,500 of $1.5 million the commission is awarding across the state.
A breakdown of grants for Northeast Mississippi by county:
* Alcorn County, two grants for $17,400
* Benton County, one grant for $500
* Clay County, two grants for $2,750
* Lafayette County, 12 grants for $55,000
* Lee County, 12 grants for $80,600
* Monroe County, two grants for $2,000
* Pontotoc County, one grant for $10,400
* Prentiss County, one grant for 2,900
* Union County, three grants for $7,000
The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra received the biggest grant in Lee County for $16,900, for general operating funds, and the TSO also received a $5,000 grant for its educational Link Up! program.
Tupelo Ballet received $9,400, and the GumTree Museum of Art received $14,500.
The Down on Main series received $3,300 in operating support.
Other organizations that received grants include Corinth Theatre-Arts, which received $13,800; Thacker Mountain Radio, which received $8,800; the Oxford Film Festival, which received $2,800; and the Baldwyn Main Street Players, which received $2,900.
Forty-four artists were added to the Artist and Teaching Artist rosters, including Eric Deaton in Oxford, Lisa Lambert amp& the Pine Ridge Boys in Dennis and Kenny Brown in Potts Camp.
The applications from the grantees were reviewed by a group of panelists with artistic, managerial and educational expertise. The agency’s Board of Commissioners reviewed the panelists’ recommendations before making final funding decisions.
For more about the grants, visit www.arts.state.ms.us.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com