August 17, 2010 10:31:00 AM
The Columbus Arts Council has been awarded a $21,750 operating grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2010-2011 and will be used to supplement funds for salaries, funding day-to-day operations, and funds for special event programming.
The grants are made possible by continued funding from the 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 of the state commission.
The Columbus Arts Council primarily services Columbus and Lowndes County, but annual programming draws people from all over northeast Mississippi and northwest Alabama. The arts council offers arts-based community development programs, re-grants to local arts organizations, and promotion and ticketing services for other local arts groups.
The council also offers programming through the Rosenzweig Arts Center Gallery Series, the Concert & Artist Series featuring professional touring productions, the Omnova Theatre Music Series, the Young People''s Artist Series and workshops in the local schools, Summer Arts Camp and Art Underground.
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