“Thank you for the hard work you and your staff do through the Mississippi Arts Commission. The growth of the Arts in communities around our state is a result of your guidance, effort, and work.” Wayne Andrews, Director
Yoknopatawpha Arts Council
Annually, the Mississippi Arts Commission plans and implements an outstanding list of special projects and initiatives. From the high school recitation competition, Poetry Out Loud, to the online resourses the agency provides, the Commission strives to bring the arts to all residents of Mississippi.
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the States Arts Agencies. The program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
The American Masterpieces Initiative was created by the National Endowment for the Arts to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The Mississippi Arts Commission presented four American Masterpieces series representing music, visual arts, literature and dance. The series began in 2007 when MAC partnered with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, university and college choirs from across the state, and five performing arts venues to feature works of legendary Mississippi composer, William Grant Still.
From grits to gravy, the Mississippi Arts Commission actively supports the notion that food is art. This state’s culinary heritage exemplifies the creative process that is so engrained in our culture, and helps communities gather together at a common table. From the hill country to the costal plains, the Mississippi Arts Commission strives to be the hot sauce in the artistic gumbo that is so abundant here in Mississippi.
Museum on Wheels is a traveling "lesson in visual art" featuring classical and contemporary replicas by European, American and Mississippi Artists.
Through a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the students at Bay-Waveland Middle School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi have added ballroom dancing to their daily curriculum.
Link Up, a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute music education program now in its eighth season, pairs orchestras with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum.
The Mississippi Visual Arts Directory provides a regularly updated resource on the visual arts across Mississippi. Included is information on visual artists, craftsmen, galleries, museums, cultural centers, and arts education facilities.
The Governor’s Arts Awards is presented annually by the Mississippi Arts Commission and Governor’s Office to recognize those whose work in the arts has significantly contributed to the growth and development of the cultural life of Mississippi.
Each year, the Mississippi Arts Commission visits the capitol to thank the Legislature for its support, and to keep everyone in office abreast of arts events, activities and programs around the state.
The Whole Schools Initiative is about comprehensive school reform using the arts to teach across the curriculum.
The Folklife website is part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's ongoing effort to increase awareness in the state's traditional arts and culture.
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