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September 28, 2013

Applications for the arts available now

MERIDIAN —     The Meridian Council for the Arts now has applications available for the 2013-2014 Community Art Grants for individual artists and organizations in Meridian and Lauderdale County.

    Casey Null, Cultural Affairs Coordinator for the council, said traditionally the schools have always applied and been approved for the grants to instill the arts in the young students.

    "I've already sent the applications to the schools and am waiting on those to return," Null said. "Meridian High School art students have been for years doing wall murals and that look great. Poplar Springs Elementary School has a huge art program and they always participate so I can see how many young students are getting involved in the arts and it is wonderful."

    Null said other organizations who have taken advantage of the funding include the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc., Meridian Performing Arts, Meridian Little Theatre Youth Division, and Meridian Museum of Art have received funding from the Community Art Grants provided by the Meridian Council for the Arts.

    Null said a little known part of the funding is that individuals can also apply.

    "It is for individual artists as well if they meet the criteria," Null said.  

    The Mission of the Meridian Council for the Arts is to foster and promote diverse art and cultural organizations, events, education and individual artists in Meridian and Lauderdale County through leadership, partnership, collaboration, grants and services.

    "We want to promote as many programs as possible in order to infuse into people the love of the arts," Null said.

    The Meridian Council for the Arts, Inc. 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 MCA is staffed by an executive director and a secretary, and governed by a 28-member 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.

    In a county with a population of more than 76,000 the council serves more than 100,000 people a year through its Community Art Grants Program, the annual Threefoot Festival, workshops, and other co-sponsored special events each year.

    The Arts Council's Re-Granting Program will continue to be a large part of Meridian Council for the Arts' community outreach. It has funded more than $166,000 in matching grants to art organizations, schools and individual artists since 1992.

     The deadline for all grants applications is Nov. 1. Those people interested can visit the website and download the application at www.meridianarts.org or you can pick up a copy at the Community Development Office on 23rd Ave Downtown. For more information please contact: Casey Null 601-693-2787 or caseynull@meridianms.org.

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