Hattiesburg Arts Council receives large grant

Hattiesburg Arts Council receives large grant

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Hattiesburg Arts Council

The Hattiesburg Arts Council (HAC) announces the award of $20,000 from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) for its two-year operating grant, and an additional $1,000 mini-grant for professional staff development   The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing $1.61 million in grants to support programs, enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage..

"This is an exciting award for us to receive as we prepare for this years 45th anniversary celebration of the Hattiesburg Arts Council," stated HAC Executive Director, Rebekah Stark Johnson.  "These MAC funds will be used to reach a broad and diverse community with our arts participation, appreciation and education.  It is our desire to use these state funds combined with membership donations and corporate sponsorship, to further build our community and the creative economy."

HAC seeks to inspire and educate in and through the arts while providing high quality arts related activities. Whether through after school art programming, professional development for educators, adult art classes, concerts, exhibits or public art, the Hattiesburg Arts Council invites all community members to enjoy and participate in music, dance, visual art, and theater. HAC believes the arts promote wellness, and in return helps develop a healthy community and thriving creative economy.   For information on all upcoming events and opportunities, contact Rebekah Johnson at 601-583-6005 or hattiesburgartscouncil@gmail.com  or visit our website at www.hattiesburgartscouncil.org

Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.  For more information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Susan Liles – 601/359-6031 or sliles@arts.ms.gov.