Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Museum’s blues education program garners national award

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale is among 12 winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the winners today at the White House. One international program will also be recognized with the International Spotlight Award for a youth-based program […] [...]

Bryant proclaims ‘Year of the Creative Economy’

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the […] [...]

State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues […] [...]

Lease signed for site of Grammy Museum Mississippi

CLEVELAND — Delta State University has entered into a lease agreement with the Cleveland Music Foundation to provide the property for the construction of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland. Delta State University president Dr. John M. Hilpert and Lucy Janoush, president of the Cleveland Music Foundation, the non-profit entity set to build the museum, […] [...]

U.S. 82 first in state to be named ‘cultural highway’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Highway 82, which runs from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas line across North Mississippi to the Alabama line, has been named the state’s first cultural highway. Officials tell the Delta Democrat Times the designation will highlight the tourist attractions along the 181 miles of highway through eight Mississippi counties. It […] [...]

Mississippi/Louisiana tourism summit to showcase creative economy

NATCHEZ — Officials say the Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit next month will showcase cultural arts as magnets for attractive visitors. The sixth-annual summit, focusing on tourism in Louisiana and Mississippi, will be held in Natchez Aug. 7-9. Topics will include the film industry, entrepreneurship, culinary arts and marketing and public relations. Rachael Carter, project manager […] [...]

Study: Ballet competition brought $10.2M into Capital City

JACKSON — The USA International Ballet Competition’s economic impact leaped into double-digit millions for the first time when it was last in Jackson, with the event’s $10.2 million impact on the state, a recently released study shows. Compiled by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the numbers offer an “apples […] [...]

House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials […] [...]

Farish Street Group getting $10.2M loan from JRA

JACKSON — Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have taken the first step toward securing money needed to finish construction on the first block of the $100 million project in downtown Jackson. Yesterday, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved a non-binding agreement with Farish Street Group for a $10.2 million loan. As collateral, developers would […] [...]

Following ‘The Help,’ county approves new incentives for filmmakers

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Following the success of “The Help” and its impact on the Delta, Lauderdale County is hoping to attract some filmmakers. WTOK-TV reports the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has approved an extra tax incentive for film and production companies. The proposal offers a 1 percent rebate of the 2.5 percent special tourism […] [...]

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