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Arts Commission News

For Immediate Release

Contact: Melia Dicker, Communications Director ( / 601-359-6546)

Governor's Arts Awards Nomination

Deadline Extended to August 15

JACKSON, MISS. – June 30, 2016 – The deadline for 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards nominations has been extended to Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony is presented each year by the Mississippi Arts Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office and signifies the important relationship between government and the arts. Established in 1988, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize those who made noteworthy contributions to, or achieved artistic excellence in the state of Mississippi. Schools, businesses, organizations, arts initiatives, and events are eligible in addition to individual artists and supporters of the arts. Notable past recipients include B.B. King, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the USA International Ballet Competition.

“Every year the Arts Commission encourages the public and our arts partners to take the time to nominate exceptional arts leaders around the state,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “The Governor’s Arts Awards gives these leaders the recognition they deserve while also showcasing the rich arts culture in Mississippi.”

Complete application criteria and forms are available on MAC’s website at or by calling (601) 359-6546. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to call and speak with Melia Dicker, Communications Director of MAC, regarding inquires before submission of an application.

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