The Mississippi Humanities Council has been awarded a $4,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. The funds will be used to employ storytellers in the Council's statewide Family Literacy Project.

The grant is a portion of the $1.27 million in grants the Commission will award in 2013-2014, 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 Mississippi Humanities Council , a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, sponsors, supports and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experiences, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community and thus empower us with a vision of the future. Promoting books and literacy are among our major emphases.

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 Mississippi Arts Commission 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 from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Susan Liles, 601/359-6031 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted on July 09 2013