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Mississippi Community Organizations

African American Cultural Society/ Brickfire Project
143 Westside Drive
Starkville, MS 39759
Arts Council of Clinton, Inc
P.O. Box 572
Clinton, MS 39060
The Arts, Hancock County
P.O. Box 3498
Bay St. Louis, MS 39524
Physical Address:

c/o Chamber of Commerce

412 Hwy 90, Suite 6

Bay St. Louis, MS  39520

CARE/Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort

P.O. Box 1092

Charleston, MS 38921

Columbus Arts Council

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 869
Columbus, MS 39703
Physical Address:

Rosenzweig Arts Center

501 Main Street

Columbus, MS  39701

Como Arts Council
P.O. Box 119
Como, MS 38619
Corinth Area Arts Council
P.O. Box 723
Corinth, MS 38835-0723
Crosstie Arts Council
P.O. Box 1064
Cleveland, MS 38732-1064
Delta Arts Alliance
Cleveland, MS 38732
Delta Blues Education Fund
291 Sunflower Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Desoto Arts Council
2375 Memphis Street, Suite 209
Hernando, MS 38632

Eupora Arts, Inc.
P.O. Box 127
Eupora, MS 39744

Forest Community Arts
P.O. Box 654
Forest, MS 39074
Greater Jackson Arts Council
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 17
Jackson, MS 39205
Physical Address:
255 East Pascagoula Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Greenville Arts Council
323 South Main Street
Greenville, MS 38701

Grenada Arts Partnership
1060 Avent Drive
Grenada, MS 38901

Hattiesburg Arts Council
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 693
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
Physical Address:
723 North Main Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Holmes County Arts Council
P.O. Box 638
Lexington, MS39095

MACE / Delta Arts Project
119 Theobald Street
Greenville, MS 38701
Madison Square Center for the Arts
2103 Main Street
Madison, MS 39110
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for Arts Education
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1971
Ocean Springs, MS 39566
228- 818-2878
Physical Address:
1600 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Meridian Council for the Arts
P.O. Box 1405
Meridian, MS 39302
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
507 Market Street
Port Gibson, MS 39150
Montgomery County Arts Council
P.O. Box 644
Winona, MS 38967
Newhebron Activity Club
P O Box 284
Newhebron, MS 39140
Olive Branch Arts Council
P.O. Box 90
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Philadelphia/Neshoba County Arts Council
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 131
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Physical Address:
311 Byrd Avenue
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Pike County Arts Council
222 State Street
McComb, MS 39648

Quitman County Arts Council
1490 Martin Luther King Drive
Marks, MS 38646-1800

Red Hills Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 323
Louisville, MS 39339
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180

Sycamore Arts Council

P.O. Box 1096
Senatobia, MS 38668
Starkville Area Arts Council
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 80116
Starkville, MS 39759

Physical Address:
Greater Starkville Development Partnership Building
101 South Lafayette Street, Suite 18
Starkville, MS 39759

Triangle Cultural Center

332 Main Street
Yazoo City, MS 39194
West Point/Clay County Arts Council
P.O. Box 105
West Point, MS 39773
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 544
Oxford, MS 38655
Physical Address:
413 South 14th Street
Oxford, MS 38655

Click here for a listing of Mississippi Community Organizations. (Excel 28KB)

Statewide arts service organizations

Celtic Heritage Society
P.O. Box 5166
Jackson, MS 39296-5166
Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi
950 Rice Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Magnolia State Bluegrass Association
250 Maxine Circle
Pearl, MS 39208
Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education
101 Carrie Road
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Mississippi Art Education Association

4044 Hawthorne Drive

Jackson, MS 39206


Mississippi Forge Council
P.O. Box 320744
Flowood, MS 39232
Mississippi Hispanic Association
Dr. Evelin Cuadra
P.O. Box 7138
Jackson, MS 39282
Mississippi Museums Association
P. O. Box 638
Jackson, MS 39205
Mississippi Music Educators Association
P.O. Box 61
Florence, MS 39073
Mississippi Music Teachers Association
100 Murial Street
Clinton, MS 39056
Mississippi Old-Time Music Society
3339 Flowers Hill Road
Vicksburg, MS 39183
601- 638-7511
Mississippi Quilt Association
372 Mt. Moriah Road
Tylertown, MS 39667
Mississippi Theatre Association
1247 Bardwell Road
Starkville, MS 39759
Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute
P.O. Box 9509
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Very Special Arts Mississippi
3310 North State Street
Studio 1
Jackson, MS  39216

Regional and National Arts Granting

Southern Arts Federation
Southern Arts Federation
1800 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 808
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
The Southern Arts Federation (SAF), a nonprofit, regional arts organization that works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundation and corporate sponsors, and contributions from member states. Arts education, multiculturalism, indigenous southern arts, and underserved communities are SAF’s four major priorities.
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20506
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. The agency offers grants and special initiatives in a number of different areas.

National Arts Service Organizations

Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Ave. NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
One East 53rd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
American Arts Alliance
1112 16th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
American Association of Museums
1575 I Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C.  20005
American Folklife Center
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540
Association of American Cultures
656 S. Second Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
American Symphony Orchestra League
New York Headquarters:
33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023-7905
Washington Office:
910 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
1112 16th Street, NW, #400
Washington, DC 20036
Box Office Management International (BOMI)
330 West 38th Street, #605
New York, NY 10018
Business Committee for the Arts
29-27 Queens Plaza North, 4th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Chamber Music America
305 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Chorus America
1156 15th Street, NW,
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20005
Council on Literary Magazines and Presses
154 Christopher Street, Suite 3C
New York, NY 10014-9110
Dance Theatre Workshop
219 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
212- 691-6500
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 820
Washington, DC 20005
Foundation for Independent Film and Video
625 Broadway, Ninth Floor
New York, NY 10012
Institute of Museum and Library Services
1800 M Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
National Association of Artists Organizations
c/o Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005
National Council for the Traditional Arts
1320 Fenwick Lane, #200
Silver Spring, MD 20910
National Endowment for the Arts
Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506
Opera America
330 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Poets and Writers
72 Spring Street, Ste. 301
New York, NY 10012
Office of Folklife Programs Smithsonian Institute
750 9th Street, NW, Suite 4100
Washington, DC 20560
Theatre Communication Group
520 Eighth Avenue, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 East 53rd St, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts)
818 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-2800

National Arts Education Service Organizations

American Alliance for Theatre and Education
7475 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 300A
Bethesda, MD 20814
AATE is a national membership organization dedicated to providing high-quality theater experiences for children and youth.
Chamber Music America
305 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
CMA conducts seminars for teachers, sponsors awards for music teaching, and publishes a newsletter for educators.
Consortium of National Arts Education Associations
c/o Music Educators National Conference
1806 Robert Fulton Drive
Reston, VA 20191
703-860-4000, 800- 828-0229
Contact the Consortium for information on voluntary standards for arts education.
Council of Chief State School Officers
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-1431
Contact CCSS0 for information about the national assessment of arts education, for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Educational Theatre Association
2343 Auburn Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45219
ETA is organized to promote and strengthen theatre arts programs in schools. Student membership offers a monthly publication, Dramatics. Teacher membership offers the excellent quarterly, Teaching Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1094
The Folger sponsors a Shakespeare Festivals program aimed at improving Shakespeare studies for young students and their teachers and a Teaching Shakespeare Workshop, a four-week summer program for secondary teachers.
Getty Education Institute for the Arts
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Getty sponsors conferences and seminars on discipline-based arts education (DBAE) and offers a selection of useful videotapes and publications. It supports seven regional DBAE centers including The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts.
Arts Education Partnership
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-1431
The Partnership is the result of the Goals 2000 Arts Education planning process and has as its mission to see comprehensive, sequential, and quality arts education provided to every child in every school in America.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
This national performing arts center has put some of its best professional development workshops for teachers on the road. Workshops such as “Developing Thinking Skills Through the Arts” offer strategies for teaching about and through the arts.
Learning to Read Through the Arts Public
School 156x
750 Concourse Village West
Bronx, NY 10451
LTRTTA is a Developer/Demonstrator Project of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Diffusion Network. The program employs the visual and performing arts as a core for learning. It was developed as a remedial reading program and has been expanded for use as a developmental and enrichment reading program for grades K–12, special education, and bilingual students.
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
15125 Ventura Blvd., Suite 204
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
MHOF is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to promote music education for young people throughout the U.S. MHOF’s efforts include putting musical instruments into existing music programs in schools. MHOF will also target schools with no music program, identify their needs, and develop programs to provide the inspiration of music making.
Music Educators National Conference
1806 Robert Fulton Drive
Reston, VA 20191
703-860-4000, 800-336-3768
This national membership organization for music teachers offers a wide range of useful publications and videos, hosts national conferences, and advocates music education at the national level. MENC administered the development of the voluntary national standards for arts education.
National Art Education Association
1916 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
This national membership organization for visual arts teachers, classroom teachers, and museum art educators offers extensive publications on visual arts education. NAEA conducts national conventions and sponsors other events through affiliates.
National Dance Institute
594 Broadway, Room 805
New York, NY 10012
National Gallery of Art Education Program
Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20565
202-842-6249, 357-2700
The National Gallery sponsors three week-long summer institutes for teachers of all disciplines on integrating the visual arts across the curriculum. It also produces a free education resources catalog on slides, videos, teaching materials, and curriculum guides available from the Gallery.
National Task Force on Folk Arts in Education
609 Johnston Place
Alexandria, VA 22301-2511
The Task Force links folklorists, folk artists, and other cultural specialists working in elementary and secondary education. It also publishes curriculum materials and other resources.
OPERA America
330 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, New York 10001
OPERA America conducts teacher training workshops and opera education seminars and is presently developing a catalog of education programs, a national database of works for young people, and an adult education initiative.

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH)

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Suite 526

Washington, DC  20506


Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues.  The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field.   Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange, and creative economy.  Click here for a link to an outstanding Arts Education piece done by PCAH called Reinvesting in Arts Education - Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools.


Project Zero
Harvard Graduate School of Education
124 Mount Auburn Street, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-496-7097
Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.
The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
SCEA sponsors teacher institutes in discipline-based education in music, theatre, and visual art. The institutes take place in July. Beginning in 1988 with two school districts, SCEA now assists more than 40 districts throughout the Southeast and in Mississippi.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
5 Union Square West
New York, NY 10003
T & W sends writers into schools to teach many aspects of writing, publishes a bi-monthly magazine and many other useful publications; and runs the Center for Imaginative Writing, a resource library and meeting place for writers, educators, and students.
VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts)
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW , Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
202-628-2800, 800-933-8721
This international organization provides arts programs for individuals with disabilities. Many programs are implemented through local and state affiliates such as VSA arts Mississippi. It provides training programs for teachers and artists as well as workshops and training sessions for people with disabilities.