Member Spotlight on Mississippi Arts Commission

For the months of November and December, GIA’s photo banner features work and artists supported by Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). Established in 1968, and funded annually by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funds, MAC provides grants, technical assistance, consultation, and networking to artists, arts organizations, and institutions providing arts education throughout the state.

2017 has been an exciting year of change at the Mississippi Arts Commission. The agency offered an updated grant-making system and database, ensuring a streamlined and paperless process for those it serves. MAC’s new website gives the organization a fresher face in the digital world and better helps constituents find the information they seek. This year, MAC also completed a strategic plan for the next four years, which articulates its long-term goals and sets its intentions for the future.

To commemorate Mississippi’s bicentennial year of statehood, MAC is holding photography exhibitions and a series of local programs in each region of the state to highlight the diversity of Mississippi’s traditional arts. MAC has also developed an in-depth curriculum for elementary, intermediate, and high school students that explores 200 years of Mississippi history through the arts. The curriculum highlights the culture, folk traditions, and advancements of the state.

In the upcoming year, the Mississippi Arts Commission looks forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary, where it will have the opportunity to celebrate half a century of supporting the arts and celebrating the state’s rich cultural legacy.

Mississippi Arts Commission has been a GIA member since 2009.

Learn more about MAC and its work in the state of Mississippi.

You can also visit the photo gallery on our Photo Credits page.