Posted in GAP News, Mississippi Art News, Professional Development

GAC Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant

Greenville Arts Council has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2012-2013 and will be used to host an intensive training for public school educators led by teaching artists Althea Jerome and Kathryn Lewis. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The grants awarded by the Commission to arts organizations across the state provide funding for the staging of festivals, theatre performances, and many other arts-related activities. With these funds, the organizations work diligently to help tell the unique story of their community, and to reinforce the value of building a creative economy. These groups prove arts programs are vital to stimulate economic growth,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “Additionally, the arts provide a positive environment for learning, both in the classroom and in the community.”

The Greenville Arts Council promotes the rich cultural heritage of the Delta region and stimulates and encourages cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists.  Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in the area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools.

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage.  Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Riley Foundation, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources.  The agency serves as an active supported and promoted of arts in community life and in arts education.

For more information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Susan Liles – 601.359.6031 or

Posted in Arts Experiences, GAP News, Greenville Public School District, Western Line School District

Our NEW Youth Literacy Program

The Greenville Arts Council is excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant through Kings Daughters and Son’s Circle #2. The grant will be used to implement an early childhood reading program modeled after our experience with the Family Reading Bonds program that we hosted at O’Bannon Elementary School through the Mississippi Humanities Council last spring. To kick off the program, yesterday we started a four-week program at Em Boyd Elementary School! We had 12 students and their families in attendance and we had a blast! Check back over the next few weeks to see pictures and video clips of the program. Want to learn more? Contact Angela Eustache via email at or by calling the office at 662.332.2246.

Posted in GAP News, Grant Opportunities, Mississippi Art News

2012 YoungArts National Program Application

Know an artistically excellent high school seniors (2011-2012 school year) or recent graduates who will be 17 or 18 years old on December 1, 2011?

The 2012 YoungArts National Program Application is now open to students in the visual, literary and performing arts. High school juniors of any age are not eligible. Winners who have attended YoungArts Week in Miami are NOT eligible. Honorable Mention or Merit Award winners from years past are eligible to re-apply for YoungArts 2012 provided they meet all other requirements.

Click here for specific discipline requirements.

Students may apply in one or more categories including all nine disciplines. An application fee ($25 early/$35 regular) is required for each discipline/category. Ask our programs team ( about how you may qualify for fee waiver.

Winning students are eligible to receive:

  • Exclusive Presidential Scholars in the Arts nominations
  • $500,000 in total awards
  • $10,000 YoungArts Gold Awards, $5,000 YoungArts Silver Awards
  • All-expense-paid trip to Miami for YoungArts Week National Finals (January 8-15, 2012)
  • Master classes with world-renowned artists
  • A rich network of professional contacts, job postings, and career development opportunities

Registration qualifies you for our scholarship list service and access to over $3 million in scholarship opportunities to universities and colleges

For more information, contact our National Programs office at

Read more about the program and application at Blog | YoungArts.