Art groups in region awarded state grants

MAClogo2007BY SHEENA BARNETT
Daily Journal

TUPELO – North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Laff Co. and the Mississippi Theatre Association were some of the many artists, schools and organizations to receive funds from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

The commission awarded $1.27 million in grants across the state.

Northeast Mississippi counties with arts groups that received grants include:

• Alcorn County: one grant for $3,300

• Lafayette County: 12 grants for $58,000

• Lee County: 18 grants for $69,400

• Oktibbeha County: 14 grants for $54,870

• Union County: one grant for $3,800

North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra received the most in grants, with $10,000 going toward its Link Up Arts Education Initiative and $21,000 in operating grants.

Operating grants were also awarded to Tupelo Ballet for $14,300 and GumTree Museum of Art for $15,000.

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council was awarded a $27,000 operating grant, the largest grant given in Lafayette County. Other grants given in that county include $3,800 to VOX Press Inc., and the Oxford Film Festival, and the improv comedy team Laff Co. and blues artist Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry were added to the Artist Roster.

In Oktibbeha County, operating grants were awarded to the Mississippi Theatre Association and Starkville Area Arts Council.
Mississippi State University Libraries received a $3,000 grant to continue its Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival.

Thirty-nine artists and groups were added to the Artist Roster and Teaching Artist Roster, and 31 schools were accepted into MAC’s Whole Schools Initiative.

The grant applications were reviewed by a panel of artistic, educational and managerial experts, and MAC reviewed the panel’s recommendations before final approval.

Visit arts.state.ms.us to learn more about the grants.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com