MAC Board of Commissioners Names Sarah Story as New MAC Executive Director

JACKSON, MISS. – Sept. 22, 2020– The Mississippi Arts Commission Board of Commissioners has named Sarah Story, of Austin, Texas, as the new executive director of the state arts agency following a national search. MAC’s current executive director, Malcolm White, will retire from the agency, effective Sept. 30. Story will begin her tenure with the […]

Malcolm White Retires as Director of Mississippi Arts Commission

JACKSON, MISS. – July 20, 2020 – After nearly 15 years of public service to the state of Mississippi, Malcolm White will retire as executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission on September 30, 2020. His career in public service has included two stints as executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission as well as […]

MAC Awards Nearly $1.3M to Grant Recipients and Program Participants

JACKSON, MISS. – July 16, 2020 – The Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded nearly $1.3 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for fiscal year 2021, which began July 1, 2020. Awards were made in 76 Mississippi House of Representatives districts and 46 state Senate districts, to 133 organizations and schools […]

Mississippi Arts Commission to Provide Emergency Grants through South Arts Fund

JACKSON, MISS. – July 9, 2020 – The Mississippi Arts Commission announces the rollout of the “South Arts Organizational Impact Grant” program as part of its continued efforts to provide relief to Mississippi’s arts sector due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. These “invite-only” grants are made possible through special funding provided by the National […]

MAC Announces Rapid Response Grants, Application Opens July 6

JACKSON, MISS. – June 26, 2020 – In an effort to respond to the changing needs of artists and arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Arts Commission announces its new Rapid Response Grants. An expanded version of the agency’s Minigrants, Rapid Response Grant applications will open on July 6 and will close at […]

Mississippi Writer Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

JACKSON, MISS. – June 22, 2020 – Oxford-based writer and University of Mississippi professor Aimee Nezhukumatathil has been named a Guggenheim Fellow. She joins a diverse group of 175 writers, scholars, artists and scientists to receive the prestigious honor this year from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. A past recipient of an artist fellowship from […]

Mississippi Arts Organizations Receive NEA Grants

JACKSON, MISS. – The National Endowment for the Arts announced grant awards totaling $956,600 to three arts organizations and agencies in Mississippi. The Endowment works in partnership with the Mississippi Arts Commission to ensure that the people of Mississippi have access to the arts. A grant of $846,600 to MAC helps to support projects and institutions […]

MAC Calls for Governor’s Arts Awards Nominations

JACKSON, MISS. – June 1, 2020 – The Mississippi Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes individuals and organizations that 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 […]

Mississippi Poet Laureate Wins Prestigious Poetry Fellowship

JACKSON, MISS. – May 28, 2020 – The Academy of American Poets announced today that Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, has been named one of its 2020 Poets Laureate Fellows. Fennelly, a resident of Oxford, will receive $50,000 to support community-based poetry projects. The 23 individuals named by the Academy serve as Poets […]

Messenger’s Lounge, Mississippi John Hurt and Artist Lee Harper Featured in Mississippi Folklife Spring Issue

JACKSON, MISS. – May 8, 2020 – The Spring 2020 Issue of Mississippi Folklife is now available online at This digital journal features original writing, photography, films and documentary work focused on present-day folklife and cultural heritage throughout the state. Mississippi Folklife is a project of the Mississippi Arts Commission. The three features included […]