MAC to Host “Meet the MAC – Grants 101”

JACKSON, MISS. – January 8, 2019 – The Mississippi Arts Commission will host a series of presentations titled, “Meet the MAC – Grants 101,” an overview of the agency’s grant programs at locations around the state. The program is targeted to Mississippi-based artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit organizations. Events are free and open to […]

MAC Minigrants Available, Apply before Nov. 1

JACKSON, MISS. – Oct. 1, 2018 – The Mississippi Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the agency’s Minigrant program. The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Each year, MAC offers two opportunities to apply for a Minigrant to assist with small-scale arts projects around the state. The next opportunity to apply for a Minigrant will […]

MAC Announces 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards Recipients

JACKSON, MISS. – September 25, 2018 – The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards. Established in 1988, Governor’s Arts Awards are given to individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding work in the artistic disciplines as well as arts-based community development and arts patronage in Mississippi. The awards are presented […]

MAC Recognizes Schools for Outstanding Arts-Integrated Education

JACKSON, MISS. (Sept. 4, 2018) – The Mississippi Arts Commission recognized two schools last week as models of exemplary practice in arts integration. Nora Davis Magnet School in Laurel, Miss., and St. Anthony Catholic School in Madison, Miss., both schools with longstanding participation in MAC’s Whole Schools Initiative, each accepted an award in ceremonies held Aug. […]

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 […]