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For Immediate Release

Contact: Diane Williams, Director of Grants | / 601-359-6529

Mississippi Arts Commission

to Host Free Series on Grant Programs

JACKSON, MISS. – Dec. 5, 2016 – The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) will host a series of “Meet the MAC” presentations on the agency’s grant programs at locations around the state. The program is targeted to Mississippi-based artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit organizations. Events are free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Dec. 5, Pascagoula Senior Center, 1912 Live Oak Ave., Pascagoula, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, City Hall, Martin Luther King Drive and Walnut Street, Rolling Fork, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 19, Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 N Lamar St., Yates Room, Jackson, (presentación en español), 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20, Chahta Immi Cultural Center (CICC) Museum at the MS Band of Choctaw Reservation, 101 Industrial Rd., Choctaw, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, City Hall, 209 South Extension St., Hazlehurst, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, City Hall, 175 E. Railroad Ave. North, Magnolia, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

At each session, MAC staff will present an overview of the agency’s grant programs and other services. This will be followed by a discussion on how to prepare an application for the agency’s upcoming annual grant deadline on Mar. 1. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to attend. All questions about the sessions should be directed to MAC at 601-359-6030; please do not contact the host sites.

For those who cannot attend one of the presentations in person, MAC will offer a conference call session on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Registration is required for the conference call; please contact Diane Williams at 601-359-6529 or

There are also two dates remaining in MAC’s series to bring grants to counties that have not received a grant over the past decade. Two artists from the Mississippi Artist Roster will showcase their work, in disciplines such as storytelling, music, and dance, then MAC staff will discuss how organizations and individuals can apply for grants in the arts.

  • Thursday, Dec. 8, Bay Springs Municipal Library, Bay Springs, 10:30 a.m.
  • Artists: Annie McKee (Writing & Storytelling), Baba Asante Nalls (African Djembe Drumming)
  • Monday, Dec. 12, Lucedale-George County Library, Lucedale, 6:00 p.m. Artists: Richelle Putnam (Writing), Kim Whitt (Visual Art)
  • The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. For more information, visit

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