MAC Grants

Grants Process

Mississippi Arts Commission invests in our state’s makers through a variety of grant programs supporting nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and individual artists. Are you an organization or a professional artist looking to fund your project?

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Jul 5

Mississippi Arts Hour

On today's Mississippi Arts Hour, Melody gets a chance to catch up with Carol Roark, a landscape painter and director of the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Charleston, Mississippi. The two spoke about Carol's passion for painting, how she got started and her work as a private art teacher as well as her efforts to spread the arts through her work at CARE. Listen at 5 p.m. on MPB Think Radio.

Jun 28

Mississippi Arts Hour

In this interview from May 2019, Larry visits with Iretta and Johnie B. Sanders, a husband and wife blues duo who have recently settled in Mississippi. Johnie a native of Chicago, and Iretta, originally from Tunica, met in Chicago. They started performing together and later spent several years in St. Paul, Minnesota. They moved to Mississippi in 2016 and are becoming regular performers at clubs and festivals around the state. Hear the show at 5 p.m. on MPB Think Radio.

Jun 26

MAC Board Meeting

This board meeting will be conducted via conference call. For access, please contact



Mississippi Arts Commission to Provide Emergency Grants through South Arts Fund

JACKSON, MISS. – July 9, 2020 – The Mississippi Arts Commission announces the rollout of the “South Arts Organizational Impact Grant” program as part of its continued efforts to provide relief to Mississippi’s arts sector due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. These “invite-only” grants are made possible through special funding provided by the National […]

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MAC Announces Rapid Response Grants, Application Opens July 6

JACKSON, MISS. – June 26, 2020 – In an effort to respond to the changing needs of artists and arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Arts Commission announces its new Rapid Response Grants. An expanded version of the agency’s Minigrants, Rapid Response Grant applications will open on July 6 and will close at […]

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Shirley Smith retires after 28 years with MAC

After a 33-year career with the State of Mississippi, Shirley Smith is retiring as systems administrator of the Mississippi Arts Commission. As the agency’s longest tenured employee, Shirley has worked for MAC since 1992. For a number of years, Shirley worked in the role of executive assistant and later moved into the systems administrator position. As […]

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