By The Associated Press
JACKSON — The Mississippi Arts Commission has provided $1.27 million in grants to artists and arts programs across the state for fiscal year 2014.
The grants were awarded to 40 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 were awarded 124 different organizations and schools and 41 individual artists.
MAC interim director Sallye Killebrew says 31 schools were added to the Whole Schools Initiative program. The program helps schools integrate the arts into the curriculum
The commission approved 39 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.
Mississippi Arts Commission, http://www.arts.ms.gov