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Each year MAC plans and implements an outstanding list of special projects and initiatives.  From the high school recitation competition, Poetry Out Loud, to the online resources the agency provides, MAC strives to bring the arts to all residents of Mississippi.

Poetry Out Loud

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the States Arts Agencies.  The program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

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blues trail curriculum

The Mississippi Blues Trail attracts blues fans from around the globe who are seeking a deeper understanding of the musical style that lies at the base of so many other forms of music. By drawing upon the tremendous amount of content on the individual markers, the Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum project brings the blues to the classroom, where today’s youth can learn more about this original art form as well as of the experiences of the men and women behind the music.

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Culinary Arts and Foodways

From grits to gravy, the Mississippi Arts Commission actively supports the notion that food is art.   This state’s culinary heritage exemplifies the creative process that is so engrained in our culture, and helps communities gather together at a common table.  From the hill country to the costal plains, the Mississippi Arts Commission strives to be the hot sauce in the artistic gumbo that is so abundant here in Mississippi. 

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Museum on Wheels

Museum on Wheels is a traveling "lesson in visual art" featuring classical and contemporary replicas by European, American and Mississippi Artists.

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Moving Toward the Art of Good Health

The Mississippi Arts Commission strives to create programs that help to ensure the health and well-being of Mississippi's students.  This outstanding program incorporated ballroom dancing into the student's daily curriculum.

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Link Up

Link Up, a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute music education program now in its ninth season, pairs orchestras with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. 

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Visual Arts Directory

The Mississippi Visual Arts Directory provides a regularly updated resource on the visual arts across Mississippi.  Included is information on visual artists, craftsmen, galleries, museums, and cultural centers. 

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Governor’s Arts Awards

The Governor’s Arts Awards is presented annually by the Mississippi Arts Commission and Governor’s Office to recognize those whose work in the arts has significantly contributed to the growth and development of the cultural life of Mississippi.

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Day at the Capitol

Each year, the Mississippi Arts Commission visits the capitol to thank the Legislature for its support, and to keep everyone in office abreast of arts events, activities and programs around the state. 

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Whole Schools Initiative

The Whole Schools Initiative is about comprehensive school reform using the arts to teach across the curriculum.

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MS Folklife & Folk Arts Directory

The Folklife website is part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's ongoing effort to increase awareness in the state's traditional arts and culture.

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