Hernando receives an Arts Commission grant for “Dickens”


The City of Hernando received a $5,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), part of more than $1.4 million in grants awarded by MAC in fiscal year 2022 and will be used to improve the Hernando Dickens of a town Christmas. holiday event. The grants are made possible by ongoing funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The state’s arts community has shown such resilience during tumultuous times, and we are very pleased to provide support to these worthy organizations,” said MAC Executive Director Sarah Story. “These funds will help organizations build on the past year and build on their successes for future arts-based programs.” The MAC makes annual grants to organizations in nearly every area of ​​the state, helping to expand the reach of the arts to serve the state’s diverse population.

“Hernando Dickens of a Christmas has had such an impact in the community, and it wouldn’t be possible without our businesses, nonprofits and volunteers, many of whom are local artisans,” said Gia Matheny, Representative the city of Hernando. “The grant enables us to obtain artists who specialize in different art forms, such as performing, visual and folk arts, all of which have an important role in creating a fun and entertaining day out for shopping. , enjoy the atmosphere and learn more about the history and culture in Hernando.A new vintage design created by Mississippi artisan Cristen Craven Barnard will soon be unveiled for the event.

Other programs have been added this year, including The Nutcracker Ballet, originally performed in 1892. This year’s show will be hosted by the DeSoto Ballet at the Hernando Performing Arts Center and a new art workshop and local art demonstrations with the DeSoto Arts Council. “Kudzu Playhouse will present an evening theater performance reimagining Dickens’ famous ‘A Christmas Carol’ written by locals

Ethan Witt, Hernando High School student and playwright. Daphne Cox and Kelly Stevenson will co-direct this one-night production with local actors. The evening will feature familiar Christmas carols, dancing and the classic story to bring Hernando into the Christmas spirit,” said Cassie Cox, President of Kudzu Playhouse.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that improve communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. The MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.

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