A professor of music at William Carey University will oversee a new initiative to document the history of the arts in Mississippi.
Mark Malone, Ph.D., has been named by the Mississippi Arts Commission as project director for, "Two Hundred Years of Arts in Mississippi: A History."
The project will focus on the development of the arts in Mississippi from 1699 to the present.
It is being done to coincide with Mississippi's bicentennial in 2017.
"There are lots of bits and pieces of musical history and art history and the history of the arts, but we really wanted a definitive work," said Malone. "Our intent is to have it not only in written form, but also to live online, so that people can access it from wherever."
Ten people from the state's five geographical regions will assist Malone.
This is his third project with the Mississippi Arts Commission.