Grant from Mississippi Arts Commission


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Katrina Byrd

DATE: July 19, 2011

KATRINA BYRD RECEIVES
MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT

JACKSON, MS – Katrina Byrd has been awarded a $500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2011-2012 and will be used to do a reading of Byrd’s new play Portrait of a Woman. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The artists across Mississippi continue to use their talents to showcase the value of the arts to the state. Their creation of art and participation in local events and activities help to insure the economic success of their community and the state as a whole. The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support their efforts,” says Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC.

Portrait of a Woman is a new play written by Katrina Byrd. “I find that many of my plays deal with women’s issues,” says Byrd. Portrait of a Woman is a collage of Byrd’s writings which deal with domestic violence, breast cancer, AIDS, aging and many other women’s issues. “It is my belief that stronger women create a stronger community,” says Byrd who will partner with Lumpkins Barbeque, The National Organization for Women, MAMMYGRAM, several theatres and theatre artist in the Metro Jackson area to host the event in February of 2012. With Portrait of a Woman at the center, the event seeks to bring the community together in an atmosphere of celebration, inspiration, awareness and artistic creation.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving 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 has been funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Phil Hardin Foundation, 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 please contact Susan Dobbs 601-359-6031 or sdobbs@arts.state.ms.us

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