Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Arts Commission’

Tom Pearson returning to state arts commission

by Published: August 2,2013

Tags: culture, Mississippi Arts Commission, Tom Pearson

Hattiesburg native Tom Pearson will return to Mississippi to head the state arts agency after a quarter-century in arts education and leadership in Florida. He starts Aug. 1. The Clarion-Ledger reports the 58-year-old Pearson has been named the executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission following a six-month search that netted 174 applicants nationwide. Pearson’s […] [...]

State’s creative economy employs 64,000 people

Officials looking to add to sector Although creativity has abounded in Mississippi as long as anyone can remember, the concept of treating that creative force as part of the state’s economic development has been around only a few years. Discussions began in 2009 between the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The two […] [...]

Malcolm White will be keeping the trail warm

Malcolm White will soon leave his post as executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission to become the director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s tourism division. White will start at the MDA in January. White, who owns of Hal and Mal’s, one of Jackson’s most popular eateries and bars, is a member of “The Culture […] [...]

Kicker: Mississippi Craft Center named one of top 10 in country

Julia Daily, executive director, Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, has traveled around the country to visit art galleries and craft centers like the one she oversees, the Mississippi Craft Center. She has found that the work of Mississippi artists and craftsmen compares favorably to the best in the nation. “I would place our artisans up against any […] [...]

Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a […] [...]

New study touts Mississippi’s potential

The “creative economy” includes individuals such as artists, architects, chefs and professors, creative industries such as Peavey Electronics, Viking Range Corp., The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Ramey Agency and creative communities including Oxford, Clarksdale, Ocean Springs and Rolling Fork. The recent Mississippi Creative Economy study concludes that this segment represents approximately 61,000 jobs and just […] [...]

Peavey appointed commissioner

by Published: October 2,2011

Tags: Mary Peave, Mississippi Arts Commission

Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed arts and education advocate and music-industry executive Mary Peavey to the Mississippi Arts Commission’s board of commissioners. Peavey, president of Peavey Electronics Corporation in Meridian, is a sixth-generation Mississippian who has dedicated her life to bridging creativity and commerce through arts and education. An active and dedicated supporter of after-school […] [...]

Pioneering summit to explore creative economy

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission are offering the state’s first Creative Economy Summit this week that will include the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of Mississippi’s creative industries. Communities such as Oxford, Meridian and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have found success in growing their “creative economy” — adding jobs and […] [...]

McKinnon-Hicks earns grant

Through funding provided by the Mississippi Arts Commission, Lil McKinnon-Hicks, a Mississippi goldsmith/silversmith and jewelry artist who produces work under the business name of Lil McKH Jewelry, was able to complete a week-long course of study with acclaimed enamellist and ceramic artist Christiana Tagliapietria of Ontario, Canada. McKinnon-Hicks was provided the opportunity, through a $500 […] [...]

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