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Bologna Performing Arts Center and Delta State University Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant

By Holly Senter | September 10, 2021 | Arts Education,Press Release

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(Jackson, Miss.) – 7/9/21 The Arts Education Office of the Bologna Performing Arts Center and Delta State University has been awarded a $4,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2020-2021 and will be used to help fund the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute CORE Arts Residential Summer Camp, happening in June 2022. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.    

“At a time when the arts community is still very much reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are truly delighted to be able to provide these funds to worthy organizations across the state,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “We applaud and are proud to support the efforts these organizations have made to keep the arts alive in their communities.”

Each year, MSAI provides arts education opportunities for more than 175 participants ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old. PLUS Camp is a week-long, performing arts camp for children ages 5 to 11 held annually in July and the CORE Arts Camp is both a day and residential intensive arts camp for children ages 12-18 that will be held in June 2022. CORE Arts Camp offers students colligate level courses and the opportunity to take classes at Delta State University as well as stay in the dorms, giving them first-hand college experiences and instruction prior to their high school graduation. The Mississippi Arts Commission funds will be used toward instructor fees and will allow BPAC to give 4-5 students partial scholarships to attend camp.

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 for Mississippi and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.gov.

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