Various group receives Mississippi Governor’s Arts Awards | Leisure

JACKSON, miss. (AP) – An acclaimed writer, prolific songwriter, and group of small-town quilters are among this year’s recipients of the Mississippi Governor’s Arts Awards.

This is the 33rd year for the awards, and a ceremony usually takes place in Jackson. Governor Tate Reeves has limited the size of the gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the ceremony was recorded. It is scheduled to air on Friday at 8 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

The Mississippi Arts Commission said in a press release that the awards are:

Excellence in Literature: Jesmyn Ward, Author and Professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University. Ward, who grew up in DeLisle, received the National Book Award for her novels “Salvage the Bones” and “Sing, Unburied, Sing”.

Lifetime Achievement: Benjamin Wright, a songwriter, arranger, composer, music director and performer from Greenville. Wright has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson.

Art in the Community: Tutwiler Quilters, a group that helps black women in the Delta use their quilting skills to support themselves and their families by making money from their work.

Excellence in Media Arts: Arthur Jafa is a filmmaker and cameraman who grew up in Tupelo and Clarksdale. His work focuses on black identity. His short film “The White Album”, which was about the supremacy of whites, was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2019.

Dominican College Receives Cash from the Second Spherical of the CARES Act |

By Rachel Huser

Dominican received $ 4.7 million from the second round of the CARES Act. Almost a third of the money – $ 1.5 million – goes to students.

Information on how to apply for funds will be available well in advance of the spring break. The application will be an online form similar to the one used in the first round of the CARES Act, said Mark Titzer, vice president of finance and treasurer.

The federal government based the aid on the number of Dominican students who received Pell grants, Titzer said in an interview last Thursday.

This is on top of the $ 1.5 million Dominican students received in the first round of the CARES law in 2020.

The remaining $ 3.2 million can be split at the discretion of the board of trustees, Titzer said.

This second round of assistance gives Dominicans more flexibility to pay for more personal protective equipment needed to deal with the COVID pandemic or to give more money to students, Titzer said.

HVCA receives aggressive MCACA grant  | Arts & Leisure

Huron Valley Council of the Arts

The Huron Valley Council of the Arts has events where artists and musicians participate where possible. (Courtesy HVCA)

The Huron Valley Council for the Arts will receive a $ 15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs competition program in 2021.

The council was selected from a pool of more than 300 arts organizations.

“Our award is scheduled for the MCACA fiscal year, October 1 through September 30,” said CEO Gaylord Gill. “During this time of COVID-19, it is important that we have such funds in place to keep our organization running as we have had to suspend so many of our revenue-generating events.”

She says the Michigan Council’s operational assistance grants are designed to cover operational costs such as salaries, utilities, and insurance.

“In order to bring arts programs and events to our community, our HVCA team must continually secure the necessary income in the form of sales, sponsorship, grants, membership fees, and donations,” she says. “We are very grateful to everyone who values ​​our work and supports us with their participation and funding. We all look forward to leaving the pandemic behind and returning to a more comprehensive schedule of in-person events. “

The Huron Valley Council has a gallery and offices at 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland Township. For more information visit

Market receives state cash to construct restroom | Enterprise

The Hardin County Farmer’s Market has received a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board that will be used to expand its Elizabethtown facility.

The Hardin County regional Farmers’ Market Foundation Inc. was approved by the state for $ 32,400 and Hardin County for $ 1,000.

The foundation uses this money to add toilet facilities to the market pavilion.

“We wanted to do this from the moment we built the market pavilion, but we had no funds at the time,” said Larry Thomas.

Thomas is a member of the Market Board, Seller, and President of the Hardin County Regional Farmers’ Market Foundation.

Due to COVID-19, the sellers and board of directors focused on the need for plumbing, which meant building bathrooms.

The Ag Development Board grant is a matched grant, and Thomas said they are using local donations and funds from the Hardin County Farm Bureau, Nolin RECC’s Roundup program, and funds donated by vendors to help cover the grant.

“The toilets give sellers the certainty that they can work more hygienically,” said Thomas. “There are also additional options with the facility if someone wants to rent it for an event.”

This can expand the use of the Peterson Drive facility and provide a small additional flow of money to help the market, he said.

The long-term plan is that the parking lot will also be paved, said Thomas.

The foundation is quick to accept offers and hopes to start construction in February. The toilets should be ready by mid-April. While that isn’t the start of the market this season, the hope is they will be ready when the season gets full, said Thomas.

“We are happy that the time has finally come,” he said. “Every improvement is a plus for the community and the market.”

Customers for the market have grown quite a bit over the past season as people searched for local suppliers during COVID-19, Thomas said. He expects that number to hold and maybe even grow this year.

Throughout the state, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $ 1,319,895 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects.