History & Mission

Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center, funded by the Mississippi legislature in 1994, stands as a cutting-edge facility designed to provide a vibrant array of cultural and educational programs for the entire Mississippi Delta community. Opening its doors on September 1, 1995, this multi-disciplinary venue spans 41,500 square feet and boasts a fully equipped stage, orchestra lift, and two distinct performance spaces: the 1,154-seat Delta & Pine Land Theatre and the 145-seat Recital Hall.

Recognized as a premier destination for entertainment and the arts in Mississippi and the Southeast, the Bologna Performing Arts Center has garnered accolades such as the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Mississippi Magazine has also named it the Best Performing Arts Venue in the state. This center consistently draws top-tier programming, outstanding artists, and compelling performances that contribute to the enrichment and entertainment of the Delta community.

The diverse cultural and educational offerings at the Bologna Performing Arts Center cater to a wide audience. Main Stage performances encompass high-profile, star-studded concerts, national Broadway tours, world-renowned dance companies, national tours of educational productions, and family-friendly shows. The center also hosts numerous events organized by Delta State University and local community groups each year.

Furthermore, the Bologna Performing Arts Center is deeply committed to arts education. Annually, it hosts the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, a comprehensive, immersive arts training program covering all arts disciplines. The School-Time Matinee Series, our series of performances for school groups provides enriching learning experiences in the performing arts for around 10,000 K-12 students annually. Furthermore, our Read It, See It, Be It program seamlessly integrates a literacy component into the performances, successfully distributing thousands of books each year to enhance the school performances. The center also participates in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program, offering professional development programs in arts integration for local educators. 

Mission

The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University brings together artists and audiences to celebrate the arts, to enrich the cultural life of the Delta community, to educate and deepen the appreciation of the arts, and to explore the richness of our world heritage through artistic expression.

Generous Support for the Bologna Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Building
($2,000,000)
Dr. and Mrs. N.A. Bologna
Greenville, Mississippi
In memory of Nina and Sam Bologna

Dr. Nino Antony Bologna
11/29/1918 – 10/05/2008
Dr. Nino Antony Bologna, a Greenville, Mississippi dermatologist and pediatrician, helped fund Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center.  He is remembered for his generosity, work ethic and love for the Delta.  Lifelong friend David “Boo” Ferriss stated, “I shall never forget him talking to me about his desire to do something for the arts in the Delta. After coming to Delta State’s campus and touring the new performing arts building, he was most impressed and could visualize what this center could mean to the arts of the Delta. It was with great pleasure that he and his wife, Betty, made a major gift to the center in memory of their children, Nina and Sam. The people of the Mississippi Delta and Delta State students will continue to enjoy and benefit from their generosity for years to come.”

Main Theatre Area
($500,000)
Delta and Pine Land Company
Scott, Mississippi

Gallery Area
($100,000)
LT Corporation
Cleveland, Mississippi
In honor of Marjorie H. Tims

Lobby Area
($100,000)
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Ross Capwell & National Community Services, Inc.
Memphis, Tennessee

Main Theatre Stage
($50,000)
Mr. and Mrs. Barney Chiz & Mr. and Mrs. Larry Chiz
Shaw, Mississippi

Recital Hall Stage
($25,000)
Gresham Petroleum Co. & Double Quick, Inc.
Indianola, Mississippi
In memory of John Joyce McPherson and Nadine Tatum McPherson

Upper East Lobby Reception Area
($25,000)
Mary Jane Whittington & Mabelle Garrard White
The Garrard Lounge

Upper West Lobby Reception Area
($25,000)
The Jerome C. Hafter Family
Greenville, Mississippi
In memory of Mary Margaret Fugler Hafter

East Lobby Reception Area
($25,000)
Zulene Ryals Harris, Francis Ryals Terry, Phyllis Ryals McDaniel, Martha Ryals Matlock & Margie Ryals Gerrard
The Ryals Lounge

There are many other opportunities to support the Bologna Performing Arts Center, including:

  • West Lobby Reception Area ($25,000)
  • Conference Room ($25,000)
  • Green Room & Dressing Room Areas ($30,000)
  • Performance sponsorship ($3,000 – $7,000)
  • Series sponsorship ($10,000 – $25,000)

Please contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center, at bolognapac@deltastate.edu or (662) 846-4626 concerning additional naming opportunities, including programming and Main Stage series support.