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Jackson State University sponsors National Endowment of the Arts grant workshop

image001(1)Jackson State University’s Title III “Integrating Arts Across Disciplines” will sponsor a grant workshop by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission on Wednesday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. in the JSU Student Center Theatre.

This workshop is open to arts organizations and professionals throughout the city. Field specialists from the NEA and staff from the Mississippi Arts Commission will share information about upcoming grant and funding opportunities for artists, arts organizations, universities, and municipal governments. The workshop will introduce the range of programs that arts funders have, as well as some practical advice about who is eligible and how to apply.

“Hosting the workshop shows that we are exploring ways to strengthen our academic programs through cross-curricular engagement with the arts,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, executive director of Title III. “It is our intent to enhance our students’ knowledge, promote understanding and develop an appreciation for the arts.”

JSU’s Department of Music, JSU Art Galleries, NEA and the state’s art commission pulled together to host the event. Shears shared that the workshop is an opportunity to increase collaborative efforts with other educational institutions and arts related organizations, galleries, museums and agencies.

“JSU is a long-standing supporter of the arts, and we always look for ways to bridge the gap between the arts, our students, alumni, and the JSU community,” said Dr. Shon McCarthy, director of JSU Art Galleries. “This is a rare opportunity for supporters of the arts to meet, learn and ask NEA representatives any questions they may have. You don’t have to call via phone or send an email. They will be right here in person at JSU.”

Attendees can RSVP at (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-endowment-for-the-arts-grants-workshop-tickets-61660994695)

About the Mississippi Arts Commission

The Mississippi Arts Commission was established in 1968 by the Mississippi Legislature as the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in the state. MAC provides financial and technical assistance for arts programming to arts organizations and educational institutions throughout Mississippi. Funded annually by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and private funds, MAC uses this support to carry forth its mission and continues to act as a core and essential function of government.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.