First Mississippi Writers Trail Markers to be Unveiled at Mississippi Book Festival

JACKSON, MISS. (Aug. 7, 2018) – The Mississippi Writers Trail will officially launch with the unveiling of two historical marker prototypes, honoring Eudora Welty and Jesmyn Ward, as part of the Mississippi Book Festival on Aug. 18, 2018, at 9 a.m. C-SPAN will broadcast the unveilings in the State Capitol Building before a live national audience. […]

Mississippi Folklife Summer Issue Features Blues Women, Youth Sewing, Aerial Delta Photos & More

JACKSON, MISS. – August 3, 2018 – The Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Summer 2018 issue of Mississippi Folklife’s is now available online at The summer issue publication features four articles by Mississippi authors and photographers. “Aerial Delta” by Cleveland photographer Rory Doyle is […]

MAC Awards Nearly $1.4M to Grant Recipients and Program Participants

JACKSON, MISS. – July 10, 2018 – The Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded nearly $1.4 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for fiscal year 2019. Funds were awarded in 60 Mississippi House of Representatives districts and 38 state Senate districts, to 134 organizations and schools and to 31 individual artists. […]

MAC Welcomes Sondra Lee-Bell as Arts Industry Director

JACKSON, MISS. – June 25, 2018 – Sondra Lee-Bell, of Jackson, Miss., has been named arts industry director of the Mississippi Arts Commission. Lee-Bell has more than twenty years of experience working for the State of Mississippi, with much of her experience focusing on grant management. Prior to starting her position at MAC, she served […]

MAC’s Arts Mean Business Event Features Notable Jacksonians

JACKSON, MISS. – June 20, 2018 – Arts Means Business, a free, community event hosted by the Mississippi Arts Commission, will feature some of Jackson’s most creative and successful small business owners and community leaders as speakers. The event, a two-part public conversation about the many ways the arts, businesses, governments and communities intersect, will be […]

Whole Schools Initiative Summer Institute Teaches Arts Integration

JACKSON, MISS. – June 11, 2018 – This week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the 2018 Whole Schools Initiative Summer Institute will be held June 11-15 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on the Jefferson Davis Campus. The Summer Institute is a professional development opportunity for educational and community leaders to learn how to integrate arts into […]

MAC Calls for Governor’s Arts Awards Nominations

JACKSON, MISS. – June 7, 2018 – The Mississippi Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes individuals and organizations who have made noteworthy contributions to the arts in the state of Mississippi. The awards are presented in partnership with the Governor’s Office and signify the […]

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Exhibit Coming to Jackson

JACKSON, MISS. – May 16, 2018 –In partnership with the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Arts Commission will present the pop-up exhibit “Folk Arts Apprenticeship Showcase” in the Trustmark Grand Hall at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The exhibit is a curated showcase of photographs and performances that highlight […]

MAC to Host Southern Prize Fundraiser Honoring Coulter Fussell

JACKSON, MISS. (April 25, 2018) – The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is hosting a celebration fundraiser honoring Mississippi’s 2017 South Arts Southern Prize Finalist and State Fellow, Coulter Fussell, in her Water Valley studio – YaloRUN Textiles – on Friday, May 18th, 2018. Water Valley based fiber artist and painter, Coulter Fussell, was awarded South Art’s […]

MAC Now Accepting Minigrant Applications

JACKSON, MISS.  – Applications are now being accepted for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s (MAC) minigrant program. The application deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018. MAC offers two minigrant deadlines each year – June 1 and November 1 to assist with smaller arts projects around the state.   Minigrants for organizations are designed to meet a […]