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 […]

Mississippi Artists Let Their Light Shine

In the midst of COVID-19, we could all use a little more light. MAC’s latest video features artists across the state of Mississippi who answered a call to share glimpses of what brings them joy during this time. The inspiring result shows an array of Mississippi artists shining their light while a variety of musicians […]

MAC Responds to COVID 19: Grant Updates and Funding Opportunities

Like restaurants and retail, the arts have taken a big hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Closed museums, galleries, schools, and event venues mean lost revenue for both arts organizations and individual artists. Despite these enormous challenges, we are encouraged by the uplifting responses and creative solutions offered by so many in our […]

Mississippi Small Businesses and Non-Profits Can Now Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

The arts have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Cancelled events, closed doors, and postponed programs mean lost revenue for so many of MAC’s constituents. As the situation unfolds, we will share opportunities for potential sources of funding with the field as these sources are announced and made available. Last Friday, Governor Tate Reeves’s […]

Special Message from the Director

Arts Community, How the world can change in a week’s time! COVID 19 is having a major impact on everyone, in every sector of society. We recognize the particular impact this pandemic has had on artists and organizations whose livelihoods often depend on events and performances. We all must play a role, though, in minimizing […]

COVID-19 Resources for the Arts Sector

As coronavirus COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., we recognize that this health concern presents special challenges for the arts sector, especially those hosting mass gatherings, such as performances, festivals, screenings, and the like. We would like to take this opportunity to direct our friends in the arts to a few valuable resources. Americans for the […]

Richard Kelso captures the essence of Mississippi’s landscapes during his 30+ year career

Richard Kelso will receive a Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Visual Art on February 6, 2020. A Cleveland, Mississippi, native and well-known Mississippi painter, Kelso’s work focuses on capturing the beauty, time and place of Mississippi’s land. Kelso began painting while studying under Sammy Britt at Delta State University, where he obtained his bachelors of art […]

Steve Forbert continues his legendary, 40 year music career

Steve Forbert will receive a Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Music on February 6, 2020. An American singer-songwriter, his award-winning, notable career in folk rock spans nearly four decades. The Meridian native officially began his career when he moved to New York City as a determined 21 year-old. From performing on street corners to working his […]

Ballet master Henry Danton is still teaching at age 100

Henry Danton will receive a Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance on February 6, 2020. A native of England, Danton is a world-renowned ballet dancer and teacher. Based in Petal, Mississippi for the past two decades, Danton continues to enrich Mississippi’s dance community through his passion for teaching. He began his dance career at the […]

Tougaloo College has housed a significant fine art collection for more than 50 years.

On February 6, 2020, Tougaloo College Art Collection will receive a Governor’s Arts Award for “Preservation of the Arts.” In addition to playing a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement, Tougaloo College has housed a significant fine art collection on their campus in Jackson for more than 50 years. The collection was started in […]