Partners for the Arts

Partners for the Arts


Don't miss our 2016-17 Year in Review

“This past year was an exciting one for Partners for the Arts as we celebrated 20 years of supporting the arts at Southern Miss. We increased our membership by 14% and raised over $50,000 for support of the arts. These funds helped support 23 programs at the university in all of the arts disciplines, through our grants awards, to include art, creative writing, dance, music and theatre. Additionally, Partners for the Arts was able to award financial support directly to five students through the “Emerging Artist Award.” – Russ Willis, Chair

Download the Partners for the Arts 2016-17 Year in Review to meet our leadership, read more about the events supported through our grant program, and to see how Partners continues to take the arts at Southern Miss to the next level. 

Download Year in Review


Meet our 2017 Emerging Artist

The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Partner for the Arts to support student work and professionalism.  Five $200 awards are granted, one in each of the following units: Art and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, and Theater.


20 Years of supporting the Arts at Southern Miss!

The Departments of Art & DesignTheatreDanceEnglish, and the School of Music are grateful to the Partners for the Arts, through whose generous support we are able to bring our exhibitions, plays, musicals, dance concerts, fiction and poetry readings, and recitals to the public. The scholarships they have provided to students have been invaluable, and their contributions to bringing visiting artists to campus help us expose our students to new worlds. 


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For more information on Partners for the Arts and how you can get involved, please contact Ivonne Kawas.