Message from the Director | January 2022

Happy New Year! We hope you and your families are safe and well in first month of 2022. The new year is a perfect time to begin a creative practice […]

Message from the Director | December 2021

Happy Holidays from MAC! What a year it’s been! Through the highs and lows of 2021, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn all about the vast […]

Message from the Director | November 2021

Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we turn our attention to long-awaited gatherings as well as artful events and gifts. Opportunities to celebrate creatively abound. From street festivals […]

Message from the Director | October 2021

Message from the Director | October 2021 October invites us outside, to gatherings, fairs, awareness events, spooky parties and more. For the arts, that means outdoor festivals like the Cotton […]

Director’s Message | September 2021

As autumn begins, we look forward to all that is in store over the next few months. If you haven’t already heard, our State Arts Conference has been postponed to […]

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 […]