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Columbus Arts Council receives MAC grant


Special to The Dispatch



JACKSON -- The Columbus Arts Council Inc. of Columbus has been awarded an $18,000 general operating grant and a $700 mini-grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27 million in grants the Commission will award in 2013-2014 and will be used to provide quality arts programs in the Golden Triangle and to present Bill Abel and Cadillac John during Blues Week July 23-28. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


"The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi," stated Sallye Killebrew, interim executive director at MAC. "This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of the arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development." 


The Columbus Arts Council's mission is "to present, promote and support the arts and arts education." The mission is fulfilled through community development programs, re-grants to local arts organizations, promotion of other local arts groups, the Omnova Theater series, the Young People's Artist Series and Art Underground classes in a range of mediums. 


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 MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi 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 information about MAC, contact Susan Liles at 601-359-6031 or [email protected] For information about the Columbus Arts Council, contact Tina Sweeten-Lunsford at 662-328-2787 or [email protected], or visit



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