A forward-thinking arts professional and Jackson native, Sarah Story became executive director of Mississippi Arts Commission in November 2020. She leads the state agency in its mission to be a catalyst for the arts and creativity in Mississippi.
Story believes the arts are essential because they bring people from diverse lifestyles and backgrounds into conversations about creative expression, allowing contemplation, participation, and discussion. She enjoys leading arts organizations to operate efficiently and inspiring communities to make the greatest impact possible.
Having spent much of her career in museum administration, she previously served as the executive director of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin, Texas, which exhibits the work of Charles Umlauf, his influences, and other contemporary artists.
Prior to her stint at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, Story served as deputy director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art from 2015-2018, and as project coordinator from 2012-2014. Before the Ogden Museum, she worked as curator of education at the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses.
She received a BFA in painting from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.