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Museum asks city to pay building expenses

BILOXI — The fate of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art for now rests with the Biloxi City Council. The Sun Herald reports museum representatives asked the city yesterday to pay the expenses of the museum buildings, which Biloxi owns and leases to the museum at no cost. The council unanimously voted to table the request. Councilman Clark Griffith asked how ...

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Buildings to be razed for new arts center

MERIDIAN — Officials in Meridian are getting closer to approving demolition of two old buildings at the site of a planned arts and entertainment center. WTOK reports that the board of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is to meet the first week in September and is expected to approve demolition of the old Hotel Meridian and a structure known ...

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Creating a new economy

Empty seats were at a premium Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex as hundreds gathered for the state’s first-ever Creative Economy Summit. Attendees came to learn more about the creative economy, what it is, where it is and how communities can grow it, adding jobs and enhancing their quality of life. The event, the brainchild of Mississippi Arts Commission ...

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Creating money

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 enhancing communities’ quality of life ...

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Mayor: No more taxpayer money for museum

BILOXI — Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is making it clear that he does not want to use tax dollars to support the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art. Holloway discussed the issue yesterday morning at his annual “Breakfast with the Mayor.” As he discussed the city budget that he and the City Council are working on, Holloway said the museum has ...

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City mulling plan for entertainment district designation

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia could become the fifth city in Mississippi to have a designated Arts and Entertainment District. Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus and Ocean Springs have entertainment districts. The Philadelphia Board of Aldermen has not officially decided to designate an arts and entertainment district within the city, but Mayor James Young says he can’t see many reasons not to. City officials ...

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MAC to make BFA applications available

JACKSON — The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) will be accepting applications for its Building Fund for the Arts (BFA) program this June. The program provides funding for the renovation or expansion of arts facilities owned by arts-based non-profits or local governments. BFA is funded through bond funds allocated by the Mississippi Legislature. Since 2001, the program has provided funding for ...

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Statewide arts conference slated

JACKSON — The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, will present a statewide conference on the arts Nov. 11-13 in Jackson. The conference, themed "The Creativity Key…Unlock the Possibilities," will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson and will offer attendees networking opportunities as well as breakout sessions, peer group meetings and keynote speakers. ...

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MAC offering stimulus-funded grants

JACKSON — The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) has introduced Arts Reinvestment Initiative (ARI) grants to non-profit organizations statewide to provide support for jobs in the arts that have been lost or are in jeopardy of elimination due to the current national economic downturn. The funding for the initiative comes through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is being ...

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Carnegie, MAC 'LinkUP!'

JACKSON — Through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) Communities LinkUP! Program, the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is partnering with Mississippi’s symphony orchestras to bring students an opportunity to study orchestral music and to perform with the orchestra. The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra are currently participating in ...

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