(Jackson, Miss) – Oxford Film Festival of Oxford, Miss has been awarded a $21,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  

The Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded $1.5 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for fiscal year 2017. See a complete list of MAC's FY2017 grantees by county.


Funds were awarded in 47 Mississippi counties, to 165 different organizations and schools and 53 individual artists. Recipients will benefit in a number of ways, including operating support for museums and community arts centers, arts integration and guest artist presentations in schools, and continuing education and supplies for working artists.


“Artists and organizations that support the arts are the heart of Mississippi’s creative economy,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support their work, which reinforces the value of the arts for communities and for the economic development of our state.”


The applications from the grantees were reviewed by a group of panelists with artistic, managerial, educational and peer expertise. MAC’s Board of Commissioners reviewed the panelists’ recommendations before making final funding decisions.


In addition to making direct grants, MAC has accepted 33 schools into its Whole Schools Initiative program. The program provides educators with intensive professional development for integrating the arts across the curriculum.


MAC also approved 34 artists or groups to its Artist Roster and Teaching Artist Roster, which include many of the best artists and arts demonstrators working in the state. The Artist Roster is updated annually in print and digital versions, and the newest edition will be published in the fall.


Non-profit organizations or schools can utilize MAC’s Minigrant program to support a performance or workshop by a Roster Artist. The next deadline for Minigrant applications will be November 1, 2016.


For more information on MAC's grants programs, Artist Roster and other services, visit the agency's website,www.arts.ms.gov.