- Faculty in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of
Theatre and Dance, School of Music, Museum of Art and the Family
Network Partnership in the School of Social Work submitted seven
grant requests for arts projects for the 2003-2004 academic year.
development officer for the College of Arts and Letters at Southern
Miss, has received "approved" status on each grant submitted.
Arts Commission, the state's arts granting agency, and the Southern
Arts Federation, the southeastern regional granting agency, have
awarded funds to support Southern Miss students through public performances,
student training and community outreach programs. These arts programs
benefit all of south Mississippi through school matinees, public
lectures and performances intended "to bring the world to south
Mississippi," Hirsch said.
is valuable to the community, which is reflected through these awards,"
she said. "To receive these grants - all of them, as a matter
of fact - in light of a national budget crisis is a true reflection
of the importance of our arts programs at Southern Miss."
governmental grants topped $35,000 in external funding for the university.
took advantage of every state and regional grant opportunity available
to us. We were able to apply for project support is so many areas
because our budgets are all separate within each college on the
departmental level," Hirsch said.
Arts Federation awarded the Department of Theatre and Dance a grant
to bring The Actors Gang of Los Angeles to Hattiesburg's Saenger
Theatre Sept. 5 for a public performance of Anne Nelson's "The
Guys." In addition, the ensemble will give an acting workshop
for local schools and the community.
also received three additional grants from the Hattiesburg Arts
Council, Mississippi Arts Commission and the Southern Arts Federation
for a two-week residency in September with the Shapiro and Smith
Dance Company of New York, N.Y. Included in the package will be
a new work for the Repertory Dance Company at Southern Miss, master
classes, school matinees and a public performance Sept. 18.
of Music received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission for
a three-day residency with Jazz Reach, featuring the Metta Quintet,
a jazz ensemble from New York City, in spring 2004. This program
will bring matinee performances to local schools and public performances
to Hattiesburg and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
of Art at Southern Miss received support from the Mississippi Arts
Commission to fund one-week residencies with Department of Art alumni
Ed McGowin and Thornton Willis during the 2003-2004 academic year.
Each will present lectures to art majors, to public schools and
to the community.
of Social Work's Family Network Partnership received funding to
build a public art project and the Community Arts School, an educational
program supported by Partners for the Arts at Southern Miss, received
funding to support its student training fellowship program.
how important grant awards like these have become to Hattiesburg
and surrounding communities. "These projects offer the community
world-class activities to experience while offering faculty increased
opportunities for recruitment, professional development, and support
for what they are offering students in their classrooms and studios.
receiving support, our patrons need to keep their local representatives
informed on how much they appreciate these opportunities,"