Message from the Director | August 2021

Though the Mississippi heat is far from over, we are rapidly approaching the fall months, which for MAC, means State Arts Conference time! While we are still working out details, […]

Message from the Director | July 2021

July 1 may seem like an insignificant date to most people, but it’s a big deal at the Mississippi Arts Commission. The first day of July each year is the […]

Message from the Director | June 2021

Hello Arts Community, In a whirlwind six month’s time, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many arts leaders and members of the arts community in our state, both virtually and […]

Remembering Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood

In Memorium Jackson-based blues guitarist and singer Louis Arzo Youngblood aka “Gearshifter” passed away on March 3, 2021 from heart-related issues. Youngblood was steeped in the blues tradition of southern […]

Mississippi Roots and Wings: Raphael Semmes

The roots of American music run deep through Mississippi and are well planted in the soul of Raphael Semmes. For a successful 40-year career as a musician and for promoting […]

Elevating Black Cinema: Arthur Jafa

Filmmaker and artist Arthur Jafa has achieved the kind of success in film, video and digital movie cameras most artists only dream about. For his long-term success in cinema, television, […]

The First Lady of Bass: Nellie “Mack” McInnis

For a successful 40 year music career and for shattering gender stereotypes for jazz, funk, and blues bass players, Nellie “Mack” McInnis will receive the 2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence […]

Tutwiler Quilters: Building Community through the Arts

Fabric, needles, and thread, in the skillful hands of community members, have created beautiful, functional art and an economic boost for the Delta community of Tutwiler.  On February 19, 2021 […]

Director’s Message: Fall 2020

Greetings Arts Community, I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission. Since starting with MAC on Nov. 2, I’ve been learning all about […]