The Mississippi Arts Council recently filled two positions on its staff. Anna Ehrgott, of Jackson has been named communications director, and Maria Zeringue is Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director.
Ehrgott previously served as digital media strategist for Mississippi Development Authority, and takes eight years of public relations experience to MAC. She has written two winning entries for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Prism awards, including one “Best of Show.”
As communications director, Ehrgott will lead the promotional efforts for Mississippi Arts Commission by telling the stories of MAC artists and arts organizations through print, broadcast, social and digital media. She will plan and manage public-facing events such as the annual Arts Day at the Capitol advocacy event and the Governor’s Arts Awards, MAC’s signature annual event which recognizes outstanding contributors of the arts.
Ehrgott will also produce the MAC Teaching and Artist Roster, a juried directory, as well as manage the schedule for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” MAC’s weekly radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Ehrgott has a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Mississippi College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Millsaps College.
Zeringue, of Bloomington, Ind., and a native of Thibodaux, La., previously served as research and curatorial assistant at Traditional Arts Indiana. At MAC, she will coordinate folk and traditional arts grants programs, including grants to organizations and individual artists as well as recruit folk and traditional artists to participate in MAC’s non-grant programs and initiatives, including the Artist Roster, a juried directory of Mississippi artists.
Zeringue will also manage MAC’s participation in federally funded folk and traditional arts initiatives, serve as managing editor for the Mississippi Folklife digital publication and conduct and oversee the documentary fieldwork of traditional artists.
Zeringue has master’s degrees in French from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and folklore from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in Louisiana studies from UL-Lafayette.