Focusing in on Betty Press: 2019 MAC Artist Fellowship Recipient

By Larry Morrisey, MAC Deputy Director This past July, MAC awarded grants to 14 Mississippi artists through the Artist Fellowship Program. The grant program provides up to a $5,000 award to individual artists who demonstrate a high level of excellence in their work. This year’s recipients are from nine different communities and represent several different […]

7 Tips for Applying for a MAC Grant

By Diane Williams, MAC Grants Director As MAC’s Grants Director, I want all of our constituents to be successful when applying for grants. To reduce paperwork and streamline the process for our grant applicants, MAC acquired eGRANT, a new online application system, in 2017. While we believe this change was in the best interest of […]

Holiday Light Shows a.k.a. Holiday Art Installations

By Kristen Brandt, Special Initiatives Director Each year, I anticipate the arrival of the Christmas season. The holidays have a tendency to embolden our artistic side, even those of us who protest a lack of ability or talent! People adorn their homes with the colors and symbols of the season, serenade strangers, and eagerly await […]

The Gift of Arts Education

By Malcolm White, MAC Executive Director At this time of year when gifting is heavily on the minds of many, I’m reminded that one of the greatest gifts we can give children is that of a quality education, which of course, includes arts education. The benefits of arts education are innumerable, and we now have […]

MAC’s Curricula Helps Teachers Incorporate the Arts into Any Classroom

By Charlotte Smelser, MAC Arts Education Director At MAC, we believe every child deserves to be taught in and through the arts. But we also understand the realities and challenges of modern-day education with standards to meet, paperwork to complete, assignments to grade, etc., etc. That’s why we strive to develop quality arts curricula teachers […]

Artist Fellowship Spotlight – Rob Cooper, Jackson, Miss.

By Larry Morrisey, MAC Deputy Director This past July, MAC awarded grants to 14 Mississippi artists through the Artist Fellowship Program. The grant program provides up to a $5,000 award to individual artists who demonstrate a high level of excellence in their work. This year’s recipients are from nine different communities and represent several different […]

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 […]