Meet our friends at the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)! In 1968, the Mississippi Legislature created the Mississippi Arts Commission as the official grants-making and service agency for the arts. Since then the Commission has broadened its role as an active supporter and promoter of the arts in community life and arts education.
MAC operates both an administrative side and a programmatic side. The administrative side consists of the executive and deputy directors, the fiscal officer, the systems administrator, the public relations director and the executive assistant. The programmatic side consists of directors over the following areas: Arts-Based Community Development, Arts in Education, Arts Industry, Heritage, Whole Schools Initiative and Grants and Special Initiatives.
MAC offers Arts in Education Program’s grants, services and initiatives, students pre-K through 12th grade receive a quality education that includes the arts. Grant opportunities include:
- Project Grants
- Arts in the Classroom
- Core Arts Initiative
The Commission publishes an annual Teaching Artist Roser, which creates opportunities for artists and arts educators to work directly with educators and administrators training them to use their arts discipline in a classroom or other setting. (Next year, the Greenville Arts Partnership will be hosting three different teaching artists, check back for registration information!) MAC also offers several statewide programs to students, including Poetry Out Loud, Link Up, and Museum on Wheels.
Learn more about the Mississippi Arts Commission on their website, http://www.arts.state.ms.us/