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.
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