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MPSD receives MS Arts Commission Grants


Meridian - The Meridian Public School District (MPSD) has been awarded seven grants from the MS Arts Commission (MAC) for the 2019-20 school year.  These grants are a portion of the nearly 1.4 million in grants the Commission will award this year. Six MPSD schools applied for and received grants to participate in the MAC Whole Schools program.  Any Given Child Meridian received a Project Grant to present Teaching Artist Mary Frances Massey in Pre-K and Kindergarten and provide professional development to those teachers.  The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.  These grants to MPSD totaling $25,800.00 will be used for arts integration professional development training for teachers, Teaching Artists and arts experiences for students.  

“The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support arts organization 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 the arts by education our communities about Mississippi’s enduring creative legacy and offering arts experience and performances to people in nearly every area of the state.”

The Meridian Public School District is thrilled to add two additional schools to four MPSD schools that are involved in the MAC Whole School Initiative.  Crestwood Elementary and West Hills Elementary are designated as Arts In The Classroom schools; TJ Harris Lower, Oakland Heights and Northwest Middle are Whole Schools participants; and Poplar Springs Elementary is recognized as a Model Whole School.  The Whole Schools Initiative uses the arts and arts integration for promoting high-quality teaching and learning.  Schools involved with Whole Schools receive funding for technical assistance, professional development, arts experiences, and Teaching Artists.  The addition of MPSD schools to the MAC Whole Schools Initiative is one of the goals of the Any Given Child Meridian Initiative

The MS Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support program to enhance communities; assist artist and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage.  Established in 1968, MAC is funded by the MS Legislature, the National Foundation for the Arts, the MS 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 more information about MAC, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director at 601-359-6546 or

For more information about the arts and arts integration in the Meridian Public School District, contact Clair Huff, Arts Coordinator, 601-484-5557 or