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Partners for the Arts


Partners for the Arts underwrites the arts programs at USM that are woven into our community’s vibrant core.

  • Created in 1997, Partners for the Arts is a community alliance between the Pine Belt Region, and beyond, and the arts programs at Southern Miss.
  • A membership in Partners for the Arts directly enhances opportunities for our students to have life-changing and career-altering experiences, at the same time providing essential support to expand access to world-class arts events and artists. 
  • Provides thousands of dollars annually to underwrite arts projects through its grant program funding career performances, master classes, exhibits, workshops, and lectures.
  • Since its inception, Partners has raised more than $1.7 million through donations.

Support the Arts at Southern Miss

People in self-isolation singing together from balconies showed us how the arts give us the power to stand united. Now, more than ever before, our artists need you to become an active partner. By joining and leveling up your membership or bringing on a new member, we will become resilient.


Your membership enhances our traditions of excellence

Your kindhearted support directly impacts our traditions of excellence in the arts by offering opportunities to students wishing to explore uncharted territories—from performances on world stages to personalized attention through small studio study with teaching masters. 

Current Members 

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Your individual or corporate membership provides funding to enhance our arts programming and much needed support to expand our arts offerings to the community. Special members-only events are held throughout the year as a “thank you” to you—our loyal members. 

You can join one of seven levels of membership. Membership can be paid annually or in monthly installments and portions of dues are tax-deductible.

President’s Circle  $5,000+
Grand Benefactor $2,500
Benefactor $1,000
Patron $500
Donor $250
Contributor $150
Friend $50

75% percent of your total contribution may be designated to an area of choice. The remainder of those funds, including undesignated funds, will be applied directly to the Partners for the Arts grants program (Friends of the Arts).

Friends of the Arts 0400 (ALL DISCIPLINES)
Art and Design 0270
Creative Writing (Center for Writers) 1295
Dance 1457
Media and Entertainment Arts 0062
Music 0235
Theatre 1450


Join Partners for the Arts



Permanently support the dynamic arts programs at Southern Miss by turning your annual membership into a legacy gift. Enjoy all the current Partners benefits while creating a permanent endowment for future generations. The recently established Emerging Artists Award supports student work and professionalism through meaningful awards in each of the 6 arts disciplines, and are made possible thanks to the spending allocation of the PFTA Endowment.

Gold $416 $5,000 $25,000
Silver $208 $2,500 $12,500
Bronze $83 $1,000 $5,000

Please note that 75% of your Legacy gift will support the PFTA Endowment. 


Become a Legacy Member


Faculty or staff members of the University can set-up their membership via payroll deduction.

Set-up Payroll Deduction


When you include the arts at Southern Miss in your estate plans, your impact on our students, programs and faculty will live on for years to come. There could also be tax benefits to you now.

Contact Daniel%20Barton at 601.266.6428 to discuss the planned gift that best meets your family’s goals while supporting the arts!

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Contact Us

Partners for the Arts

118 College Dr. Box 5004 

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2021 Emerging Artists


Partners for the Arts is a community alliance, and as such, the support and time commitment of our community leaders is vital to our mission of providing career-altering experiences to our Arts students at USM.


Top (left to right): Dr. Matthew Casey, Dr. Angela Ball, Leigh Ann Underwood, Amy Hinton, Ron Hancock, Lisa Conn, Dr. Mike Lopinto, Dr. Chris Winstead, Dr. Robert Heath. 

Bottom (left to right): Russ Willis, Cory Ferraez, Carolle Marshall, Nancy Leader, Dennis Baum, and Dr. Kimberley Davis. (Note: Some Governing Board members are not featured in picture, all recognized in Year in Review.)





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