The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) has long recognized the importance of having adequate facilities in order to grow the number of artistic and creative opportunities in the state. To help expand the number of arts facilities in the state, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the issuance of bonds to support the Building Fund for the Arts (BFA), a special initiative managed by MAC, starting in 2001. BFA is focused on supporting the repair, renovation, or expansion of public facilities that are used for arts programming.
Between 2001 and 2007, the Legislature authorized a total of $19.2 million in bond funds for the program. MAC has awarded 133 BFA grants since Fiscal Year 2002. Some facilities that have been completed with BFA funding include the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, and The Powerhouse Arts Center in Oxford.
No new funds have been approved for BFA since 2007. However, MAC offered an additional round of grants in 2010 utilizing funds left unused by past BFA projects that were cancelled or scaled back.
2010 BFA guidelines (for informational purposes only): [PDF]
For more information on the program and the application process, please contact MAC staff member Diane Williams at (601) 359-6529 or email@example.com
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