A Book Marks the Spot: Mississippi Writers Trail, Chapter 1

The Mississippi Arts Commission believes the state’s greatest asset is its story. Now, along with our partners, we have embarked on a project that honors our greatest storytellers. Similar to the Mississippi Blues Trail and other cultural trails, the Mississippi Writers Trail will pay tribute to the state’s most acclaimed and influential writers by recognizing […]

MAC Roster Artist Hosts New Cable Television Show

By Larry Morrisey, MAC Deputy Director Bluegrass musician and bandleader Alan Sibley of Ackerman is taking his music to a national audience through a new cable TV show. Sibley and his group The Magnolia Ramblers are the hosts of “The Bluegrass Trail,” a new music show on RFD-TV, the national cable channel that focuses on […]

Highlights from the Summer 2018 Issue of Mississippi Folklife

By Maria Zeringue, MAC Folk and Traditional Arts Director One of my favorite parts of my job as the Folk and Traditional Arts Director is managing the online journal Mississippi Folklife. The journal features original writing and documentary work focused on present-day folklife and cultural heritage throughout the state. Mississippi Folklife publishes new articles, interviews, photo […]

WSI Winter Institute 2018: Creatively Cultivating Curricula

The Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative is hosting a two-day conference in Tupelo beginning Friday, February 2 and continuing into February 3. The “WSI Winter Institute: Creatively Cultivating Curricula,” is a powerhouse, hands-on event designed to give teachers all the tools they need to effectively transform their teaching through arts-integration strategies. Arts integration is […]

Visual Artists: Apply now for Southern Prize and State Fellowships

For the second year in a row, MAC’s regional partner South Arts is accepting entries for the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards of up to $30,000; the contest is open to visual artists living across the southern states. Last year, Mississippi fiber artist Coulter Fussell was named finalist for […]

Birds of a Feather: Educators Teach Educators How to Use MAC’s New Curriculum

On November 9, 2017, Dr. Mark Malone, professor of music at William Carey University, and Limeul Eubanks, Staff Officer at the Office of Secondary Education at the Mississippi Department of Education, presented MAC’s Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum to educators at the Mississippi Art Education Association’s 2017 Fall Conference. This curriculum is […]

Application Deadline Extended for Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition

The deadline to apply for the Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition has been extended to Monday, November 6, 2017. The Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition is a new special initiative offered to organizations by the Mississippi Arts Commission. The initiative provides funds for the purchase of visual art, specifically a landscape or seascape. […]

Introducing the Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition

The Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition is a new special initiative offered to organizations by the Mississippi Arts Commission. The initiative provides funds for the purchase of visual art, specifically a landscape or seascape. MAC is now accepting applications from qualifying organizations for the Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition. The deadline to apply […]

Director’s Message

May-June 2017 Arts Day at the Capitol Arts advocates from across the state poured into Mississippi’s statehouse for MAC’s Arts Day at the Capitol on March 29, 2017. The marble halls were filled with dancers, painters, musicians, actors, writers and patrons of the arts, all there to celebrate and advocate for the arts in Mississippi. […]