The arts in Mississippi depend heavily upon the state’s individual artists. The Mississippi Arts Commission represents the interests of artists in many disciplines. The following opportunities are available for individual artists:

Artist Fellowship

The Artist Fellowship Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to individual artists of many different artistic disciplines to support professional development or the creation of new work. Artist Fellowships are highly competitive and do not require a cash match.

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Artist Minigrants

The Artist Minigrant Program provides grants of up to $500 to support the professional development of individual artists by helping to fund: travel and registration for appropriate conferences; promotional efforts; or artistic supplies. Artist Minigrants are competitive and do not require a cash match.

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Folk Arts Apprenticeship

The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program helps to ensure the survival of community-based traditional art forms found throughout the state. The Commission provides up to $2,000 to master traditional artists to work one-on-one with an apprentice to teach specific aspects of their tradition. The master artist and apprentice apply to the program together.

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Mississippi Artist Roster

The Artist Roster is a listing of artists and arts education professionals who are available for performances, workshops, residencies and other programs in communities throughout the state. Grant funds are available to organizations for presenting Roster Artists (see Minigrants for Organizations). Individual artists may apply to be included in the Roster for a three-year term.

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Teaching Artist Roster

The Teaching Artist Roster is a listing of professional artists and arts specialists who are available to work with educators and administrators in developing strategies for using the arts in K-12 classrooms. Grant funds are available to schools and organizations for presenting these individuals (see Minigrants for Organizations). Like the Artist Roster, individuals may apply to be included in the Roster for a three-year term.

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