Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tourism receives grant for murals
The Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau has been awarded a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).
This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the commission will award in 2009-10 and will be used to help fund the downtown Holly Springs mural project.
The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Organizations across the state who receive grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission continue to prove that arts programs are vital to the growth of their area. The grants awarded by the commission provide funding for the staging of festivals, theatre performances and many other arts-related activities,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “Communities across the state are also learning the effect the arts have on the education of their children. Arts-based activities have a proven positive impact on at-risk youth and children enrolled in after-school programs.”
“The main goal of the downtown Holly Springs mural project is to establish a series of public art installations that will enhance the historic downtown square, which represents the culture and heritage of the area,” said Stephanie Movre, executive director of the Holly Springs Tourism Bureau. “The project will aid in fostering local knowledge and pride while displaying art by local artist Elton Collins. We hope that the art will also increase visitor and local traffic on the square.”
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 art 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, the Wallace Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Donna and Jim Barksdale, the Phil Hardin Foundation, 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.
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