Greenwood Little Theatre Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant

Greenwood Little Theatre of Greenwood, Mississippi has been awarded a $4,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the nearly $1.4 million in grants the Commission will award in 2019-2020 and will be used to fund our 4th Annual Shakespeare Summer Camp. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support arts organizations as well as arts activities and festivals around the state through grant-making,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “These funds help broaden the reach of arts by educating our communities about Mississippi’s enduring creative legacy and offering arts experiences and performances to people in nearly every area of the state.”

Greenwood Shakespeare Project, in collaboration with ArtPlace Mississippi and Greenwood Little Theatre, holds a five-week summer camp that culminates the following week with a three-night live performance of a medley of scenes from various Shakespeare plays.

During the five weeks, the campers are trained in Shakespeare’s plays and Elizabethan stage conventions, set construction, music, dance, and scenery and costume design. They perform the production with a set they built while wearing costumes they created.

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.gov.