To ensure more equitable access to the arts throughout the state, the Mississippi Arts Commission identifies counties that have not recently received grants or services from MAC and provides arts programming to locations in those counties at no cost. MAC considers these counties “underserved.” The purpose of this special initiative is to provide access to quality arts programming in all 82 Mississippi counties and encourage potential grantees in underserved counties to take advantage of opportunities offered through the agency.

MAC provides arts programming to these underserved counties by first identifying an organization in each county with available performance or presentation space that is open to the public. Oftentimes, a public library is chosen as a venue. MAC then awards a one-time minigrant to this organization to hire a MAC roster artist to perform, thereby providing an opportunity for residents of the county to experience quality performances. The organization hosting the artist encourages local artists and organizations with an interest in the arts to attend the performance. At the event, MAC staff interacts with attendees to educate individual artists and non-profit organizations about grants and services available through the Mississippi Arts Commission.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information on MAC’s Underserved Initiative, Kristen Brandt at 601.359.6030.