Every five years, MAC reviews its mission, guiding principles, and goals. The agency is currently working under a strategic plan put into place in 2013. Following are the pillar elements of the plan:

Agency Mission

The Mississippi Arts Commission is the catalyst for the arts and creativity in Mississippi.

Agency Vision

To support and celebrate Mississippi’s creative spirit

Core Values

  • Objectivity and Clarity
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism

Strategic Directions

For the current strategic plan (2013-2018), MAC identified the following directions that organizes their work:


MAC will advocate and advance Mississippi’s Creative Economy through community development partnerships, innovative workforce development, arts-based grants and services, and comprehensive and diverse community-building opportunities.


MAC will invigorate lifelong learning in and through the arts by implementing the Whole Schools Initiative, Arts Education grants and programs, and Community Learning strategies, while providing consistent Professional Development opportunities both internally and uniformly throughout the state.


MAC will support heritage, community and arts-based quality of life grants, programs and partnerships to assure holistic, sustainable and attractive Mississippi communities and neighborhoods.

Review the full 2014-18 Strategic Plan.