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Community & Economic Development

The core Arts Initiative

The Core Arts Initiative supports programs that are developed with and within the juvenile justice system. Detention centers, adolescent offender programs, alternative schools, holding facilities, and community-based after-school and summer programs are all settings for Core Arts programs. Each program uses the arts as a tool to decrease incidences of violence; decrease recidivism; increase school attendance; and provide positive experiences with adult mentors.

Core Arts Program Report: 1999-2007

There are currently no new Core Arts programs being implemented by the Mississippi Arts Commission, however Arts-based Community Development project grants can be used to fund at-risk youth programs in communities across Mississippi.

Contact Mississippi Arts Commission's Community and Economic Development Director, Allison Winstead, for more information (601-359-6546, or