Arts Day 2021

Arts Day at the Capitol is a well attended event held at Mississippi’s State Capitol each year to highlight the arts in our state. In 2021, MAC offered virtual arts advocacy opportunities, which included an Arts Advocacy Webinar, social media campaign, and a virtual performance featuring MAC Roster Artist Grady Champion. See recordings of the webinar and performance below as well as information about the social media campaign.

Arts Advocacy Webinar with Americans for the Arts

Arts Advocacy Presentation (.pdf)

Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts’ Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs discusses the basics of education and advocacy. He shares some of the tricks and tools that he has learned over the years along with why all arts supporters should be advocates in their city and in Mississippi.

*Note: this webinar was recorded on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, with a live audience of registered attendees. It was moderated by Anna Ehrgott.

Virtual Performance featuring MAC Roster Artist Grady Champion

ARTS DAY Social Media Campaign

Arts Day aims to provide a platform upon which artists and arts organizations can tell their stories. In 2021, we encouraged our audience to participate in a social media campaign to help paint a virtual picture of the role of the arts in Mississippi. We asked arts supporters to respond to the question: How have the arts made an impact in your community?

They posted answers on social media using the hashtag #msartsday2021.

We received more than 170 responses, which are still viewable on social media by searching the hashtag #msartsday2021.

Arts Day 2021 Questions?
If you have questions or for more information, contact Communications Director, Anna Ehrgott at (601) 359-6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.gov.

About Arts Day at the Capitol

In typical years, the Mississippi Arts Commission hosts “Arts Day at the Capitol” during Mississippi’s Spring Legislative Session. Held in the State Capitol rotunda, the event highlights the significant contributions the arts have made to create a better quality of life for all Mississippians. The day is filled with opportunities for artists and arts organizations to share with lawmakers how the arts have impacted their lives and their communities. This time at the State Capitol is meant to engage, network, and unify the arts community across the state.

Understanding why the arts are a worthwhile investment during hard economic times, and why the government should support the arts are essential to creating a stronger voice within Mississippi’s arts community.

Photos from Past Arts Days