Arts agency awards $201,000 for region

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Northeast Mississippi artists and art programs received $201,000 in funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Throughout the state, MAC awarded a total of $1.5 million for the 2012 fiscal year.
Here’s a breakdown of grants for Northeast Mississippi by county:
– Lee County, 14 grants for $114,700.
– Lafayette County, 12 grants for $48,100.
– Alcorn County, one grant for $16,700.
– Pontotoc County, one grant for $7,100.
– Marshall County, two grants for $6,900.
– Clay County, two grants for $3,900.
– Union County, one grant for $3,400.
– Calhoun County, one grant for $200.
In Lee County, Tupelo Symphony Orchestra received the biggest grant of $20,400 for general operating support, as well as $5,000 for a National Link UP! art education partnership with Carnegie Hall in New York.
Tupelo Community Theatre and GumTree Museum of Art got $16,700 each, followed by Tupelo Ballet with $12,600.
Funds also were distributed to Tupelo’s Lawndale, Pierce Street and Thomas Street elementary schools, Tupelo Middle School and Saltillo Elementary School, as well as Harrisburg Cultural and Social Services Center and Boys amp& Girls Club of North Mississippi, Inc.
In addition, Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Lane Chapel Quintet were named to MAC’s Artist Roster Program. Nonprofit organizations or schools can use MAC’s Minigrant program to help cover the cost of presenting Artist Roster performers.
Throughout the state, 20 new artists were added to the Artist and Teaching Artist Rosters, including Bessie Johnson in Clay County and Adrian Baron-Robbins and Dance A Story, both in Lafayette County.
Funding also was provided for Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio, Oxford Film Festival, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Prairie Arts Festival, North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic and Down From the Hills Heritage Music Series.
Applications 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.
For more about the grants, visit www.arts.state.ms.us.
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.