2021 Letter to Legislators
Each year, the Mississippi Arts Commission and Mississippi Development Authority offer grants that strengthen our state's arts and culture economy. MAC provides critical general operating funds, while MDA provides Visit Mississippi grants to promote tourism-oriented events like Cotton District Arts Festival and Forks & Corks. Thank you for support of these two agencies. In addition, critical state and federal stimulus funds in 2020 helped keep the lights on. As a steward of charitable resources invested in our communities, I'm writing on behalf of SAAC to share highlights and input with hopes that it helps your work.
Here is a snapshot of how funds, given to SAAC, impacted Oktibbeha County. One-third of our community lives in poverty, which means access is vital. Although falling under various programs, collectively in 2020, we:
Arts education is a core competency that builds creative, well-rounded problem solvers, regardless of future career. Art also means business: it generates economic growth and makes Mississippi a great place to visit.... and stay. The Mississippi economy suffers and we lose creative capital when folks spend their money elsewhere... or move.
Although financial support is tremendous, other issues must be addressed in order to sustain and secure the future of our state cultural assets. Three of these are briefly outlined below, which we hope helps you in your work.
Thank you for your service and support of the arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Development Authority, and other cultural programs across the state.
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