Council for the Arts
The mission of the Meridian Council for the Arts (MCA) Inc. is to foster and promote diverse art and cultural organizations, events, education and individual artists in Meridian and Lauderdale County through leadership, partnership, collaboration, grantsmanship, and service.
MCA. was designated the local arts agency for Meridian and Lauderdale County by the Meridian City Council and the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors in 1978. The council is staffed by an executive director and a secretary, and governed by a board of directors with an executive committee made up of the president, first vice president, second vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the immediate past president. Standing and ad hoc committees oversee all aspects of the operations of the organization and are given specific goals and responsibilities.
Major sources of financial support include the Mississippi Arts Commission, city of Meridian and Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, Threefoot Festival, Art for Meridian Art auction and dinner, and corporate sponsors.
MCA works with city and county officials, East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, and Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau to help promote the area and make an impact on economic development and our quality of life thru the arts.
The Community Art Grant Program, a re-granting program, provides matching grants to art organizations, schools, and individual artists. This program has been set up since 1992 and is making a direct impact on economic development, education through the arts, as well as availability of the arts experience. Grant applications are currently being accepted and the deadline is Nov. 1. Applications may be downloaded by visiting the website www.meridianarts.org or can be picked up at the Community Development Office on 23rd Avenue downtown.
In the past organizations such as Meridian Symphony Association Inc., Meridian Performing Arts, Poplar Springs Elementary, Meridian High School, Meridian Little Theatre Youth Division and Meridian Museum of Art have received funding from the Community Art Grants.
Each year, MCA partners with local organizations including, but not limiting: Meridian Museum of Art, The Mississippi Writers Guild, The Storytellers Association, Meridian Little Theatre, Jimmie Rodgers Foundation, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, The Junior Auxiliary, Dusty’s and Deb’s social service and the Meridian Home School Association.