Mississippi Arts Organizations Receive NEA Grants

JACKSON, MISS. – May 19, 2021 – The National Endowment for the Arts announced grant awards totaling $1,048,200 to five 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 $873,200 to MAC helps to support projects and institutions throughout the state.

In announcing the grants, Ann Eilers, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, “As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations reengage fully with partners and audiences. While the arts, whether through books, movies, or online performances and programs, have been a sustaining force for many throughout the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

The National Endowment for the Arts has recently announced more than $88 million in new grants to organizations in all 50 states and jurisdictions. A complete list of grants, organized by state and city, can be found here.

“We are very grateful to the NEA for their support of the Mississippi Arts Commission and of notable organizations in the state like Pike School of Art, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Gloster Arts Project and the Emmett Till Memorial Commission,” said Sarah Story, executive director of Mississippi Arts Commission. “The NEA’s total investment in our state has increased in both dollar amount and organizations awarded since FY2020, which, we believe, shows a dedicated federal commitment to the arts in Mississippi as well as the incredible resiliency and strength of the arts community in the face of unprecedented challenges of the past year.”

Here is the list of grants in Mississippi that are part of this recent announcement by the National Endowment for the Arts:

Mississippi Arts Commission, Jackson, MS
Partnerships (State and Regional)

Gloster Arts Project, Natchez, MS
Grants for Arts Projects – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Oxford, MS
Grants for Arts Projects – Local Arts Agencies

Pike School of Art, Summit, MS
Our Town – Design

Emmett Till Memorial Commission of Tallahatchie County, Inc., Sumner, MS
Our Town – Design

To learn more about the Mississippi Arts Commission and the grants and services it provides, visit arts.ms.gov.

Contact:  Anna Ehrgott | Communications Director | aehrgott@arts.ms.gov | (601) 359-6546