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Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant


The Millsaps College Arts and Lecture Series has been awarded a $2,700 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. The grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the commission will award in 2012-2013 and will be used by the Arts and Lecture Series to present a variety of speakers, writers and musicians. Grants are made possible by funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

"The grants awarded by the commission to arts organizations across the state provide funding for the staging of festivals, theatre performances, and many other arts-related activities. With these funds, the organizations work diligently to help tell the unique story of their community, and to reinforce the value of building a creative economy. These groups prove that arts programs are vital to stimulate economic growth," said Malcolm White, executive director of the commission. "Additionally, the arts provide a positive environment for learning, both in the classroom and in the community."

The Máirtín de Cógaín Project will kick off the Arts & Lecture Series' 45th season
with "Stories and Songs, From Cork with Love!" on September 4.


The Arts and Lecture Series is in its 45th year of presenting programs for the Jackson area. Part of the College's community outreach mission, the series was created by volunteers, many of them Millsaps College alumni, to bring unique programs of music, literary, current events, history and more to the greater community. Many of the performers and lecturers are from Mississippi or have Mississippi connections. "Our goal with the series is to enlighten and entertain," said Nola Gibson, executive director of the series."

The 2012-2013 season will open with "The Máirtín de Cógaín Project: Stories and Songs, From Cork with Love!" on September 4 at 7 p.m. in the Ford Academic Complex at Millsaps College.The season will also include programs by the New York City Slickers; Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown, co-authors of One Writer's Garden; Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles; architect Jeff Seabold and architectural historian Todd Sanders; composer/musician David Amram and Millsaps faculty; historian Gene Dattel, who is author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America; and Robin Mather, former Clarion-Ledger food editor and author of The Feast Nearby, and Felder Rushing, gardening writer and host of "The Gestault Gardener" on National Public Radio affiliate stations.

A season ticket, if purchased before September 4, is $45 for senior citizens age 60 and older; $55 each for members. A season ticket purchased after September 4 is $50 for senior citizens age 60 and older; $60 each for members. For more information, call the Millsaps Continuing Education Office at 601-974-1130 or visit the Millsaps College Arts and Lecture Series.

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 commission is funded by the Mississippi legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Riley 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 the community life and in arts education.