John W. Bateman
As a public charity that receives grants through government agencies, SAAC recently sent this letter to state legislators in the Golden Triangle Region. We now share this message with the community who benefits from this funding.
The start of a new calendar year and legislative season feels like an appropriate moment to express gratitude, particularly for arts funding from taxpayer resources. These are not, of course, the only funding sources for the Starkville Area Arts Council. As a public charity, we also rely on individuals, businesses, and other nonprofits.
Legislative work affects us because we are partially funded by government grants. We are extraordinarily grateful for our grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority.
Thank you for the support of these two separate agencies.
Although our grant from the Mississippi Development Authority is limited, this funding specifically promotes the Cotton District Arts Festival. The grant, however, still creates a massive benefit for the GTR region.
We are extremely grateful for the time, effort, and thought that legislative representatives, like you, put into these discussions. If there is any additional information that I can provide on funding needs, please contact me.
Thank you for your service and support of the arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and the Mississippi Development Authority.
If you wish to contact any state representative or senator during session, please visit www.legislature.ms.gov and click on "Legislators" to find contact information.