Meridian Star

February 25, 2013

Applicants sought for 2013 Summer Arts Initiative

from staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Nonprofit organizations that promote programs emphasizing the arts could be eligible for grants through The Community Foundation of East Mississippi.

    "The Community Foundation of East Mississippi and its donors believe strong and inspiring arts programs can have a powerful and positive effect on young people's lives," according to a press release. "In support of this belief, the Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 Summer Arts Initiative, an annual grant program that supports local organizations in East Mississippi that engage area youth in arts-integrated programs during the summer."

    This summer will mark the sixth consecutive year the Community Foundation has provided grants to organizations in its five-county reach — Clarke, Lauderdale, Kemper, Newton and Neshoba counties.

    The 2013 Summer Arts Initiative will offer small-scaled grants to area non-profit organizations  that promote programs emphasizing the arts and cultivating future supporters of the arts by providing strong artistic and hands-on programming during the summer months, the press release states.

    Organizations that encourage youth to express themselves through diverse artistic mediums, including drama, music, painting, sculpting, photography, writing, etc. are encouraged to apply. Eligible organizations include school districts, governmental and/or nonprofit organizations that integrate arts into a summer program. Funding for the Summer Arts Initiative is made possible by the Margaret Dulaney Arts Endowment and the Susan B. Herron / Lively Arts and Education Endowment, both established with the Community Foundation.

    Recipients of last year’s Summer Arts Initiative included the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian Symphony Association, the Boys & Girls Club of East Mississippi, Camp Eagle Ridge, Meridian Performing Arts Center, Northeast Elementary School, Springhill Baptist Church and Weems Community Mental Health Center of Lauderdale, Decatur, Dekalb and Quitman.

    Grant applications can be obtained by calling 601-696-3035 or requested via e-mail at More information is also available at     Application deadline is Tuesday, April 2, 2013.  For more information please contact the Community Foundation of East Mississippi.