Meridian arts council presents grants
By By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
Jan. 9, 2003
Meridian Council for the Arts presented $9,300 in grants Wednesday to local artists, art organizations, educational programs and schools.
Connie Royal, executive director of the arts council, made the check presentations.
Four groups received $2,000 grants: Meridian Little Theatre Youth, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian Children's Chorus and Meridian Community College's "College for Kids."
The Meridian Little Theatre will use its money to help produce "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Jan. 13-19.
The Meridian Museum of Art will use its award to help pay for the 30th Annual Bi-State Art Competition Feb. 8-March 8.
The Meridian Children's Chorus will fund choral workshops and performances by the chorus.
MCC's grant will be used to support next year's "College for Kids" program.
St. Patrick's Catholic School received $800 in support of a program to provide art workshops this spring.
Ruby Yarbrough, the only individual artist to receive an award, received $500 to continue her storytelling in local schools. Yarbrough is on the Mississippi Arts Commission's Artists Roster and has been on its Art Educator's Roster.
Since the inception of the Community Arts Grants Program in 1992, the Meridian Arts Council has awarded more than $139,000 to local artists and arts organizations. The arts council is funded through the city of Meridian, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, the Mississippi Arts Commission. Volunteers also sponsor fund-raisers.