Recipients of the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards.
From left: Eddie Willis, Beth Henley, John Anderson with Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, Kathryn Lewis and Bobby Rush
The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented annually to outstanding writers, artists, performers, craftsmen and educators who have made significant and lasting contributions through their work as well as to corporations or organizations on the basis of their dedication to arts advancement. Previous winners include B.B. King, James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Mary Katharine Loyacono McCravey, the late Little Milton (Campbell), Dr. David Blackburn, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, USA International Ballet Competition, William Eggleston, Bo Diddley and Charles Burnett.
The Governor's Arts Awards will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Concert Hall of Belhaven University Center for the Arts.
More exciting information about the 2014 ceremony is coming soon!
The images featured in the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Governor’s Arts Awards posters showcase the artistic disciplines that have made a lasting impact on the artistic culture in the state.
Young dancers from around the world aspire to perform at the prestigious International Ballet Competition held in Varna, Moscow, Helsinki and Jackson. Founded by dance educator Thalia Mara, the USA International Ballet Competition transforms Mississippi’s capital city into the center of the dance world every four years. USA IBC’s rich cultural and economic contributions for more than 35 years are reflected in a collection of memorabilia—medals, programs, performance photos, the costume worn by Mississippian Kathy Thibodeaux as she won a silver medal in 1982, a snapshot of Ms. Mara, honored on stage in 2002, with long-time executive director Sue Lobrano, the flags of competing nations, Mississippi Symphony sheet music and more. The dance world returns to Jackson for the 10th USA IBC June 14-29, 2014.
The award presented each year to the recipients was created by acclaimed Mississippi artist, Bill Dunlap. The Board of Commissioners of MAC have chosen to adopt this incredible work of art as the permanent award for the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in keeping with the traditions of the Academy Awards, the Emmy's and the Grammy's.
Without the support of the event sponsors, the Governor's Arts Awards would not be such a fantastic celebration! If you are interested in more information about the level of sponsorships available, contact Susan Liles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601/359-6031.
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