Every five years, MAC reviews its mission, guiding principles, and goals. The agency is currently working under a strategic plan put into place in 2017. Following are the pillar elements of the plan:

Agency Mission

To be a catalyst for the arts and creativity in Mississippi.

Agency Vision

To support and celebrate Mississippi’s creative spirit

Core Values

  • Public funding of the arts
  • Objectivity and clarity
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism

Strategic Pillars

For the current strategic plan (2018-2022), MAC identified the following pillars that organize their work:

1. Communicate the Story of the Arts in Mississippi

Expand MAC’s role as a catalyst and public supporter of the arts with increased focus on marketing and digital platforms highlighting the arts and MAC’s story to the general public, policy makers and our partners.

2. Convene, Network and Offer Professional Development Opportunities

The state’s artists and staff from cultural institutions are eager to gather and share their experiences with each other. MAC will collaborate with these constituencies to create opportunities that strengthen connections among them.

3. Invigorate and Expand Lifelong Learning through the Arts

MAC will continue our commitment to arts education and arts integration through grants and services to schools, communities and arts partners across the state with the goal of reaching children and families wherever they are in their daily lives.

4. Expand and Diversify Fiscal Resources

MAC’s establishing legislation allows for three sources of funding: “…a state appropriation, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and contributions from private sources.” This strategic pillar supports expanding our resources capacity beyond annual appropriations from the Mississippi Legislature and the NEA.

Review the full 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Review the full 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.