The Chair's Message

Dear Friends, Jim Dukes, Jr.

Many of you and I have had the privilege to grow up in a community where great emphasis has been placed in the arts.   This privilege has been enhanced by the many artistic endeavors of the students and faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi in alliance with Partners for the Arts.  Partners for the Arts is a partnership between our community and the University’s Department of Art & Design, Theatre, Dance, and the School of Music to support and enhance the arts; promote arts education and expand access to regional, national and international arts events and artists. 

Partners for the Arts helps provide financial support to help fund numerous activities throughout the year.  Individual grants, departmental activities, student scholarships and arts education are just a few of the areas of interest that benefit from Partners.  Raising community awareness of the many wonderful opportunities that are open to the public is just one of the many contributions and goals of our organization.

As Partners eagerly begins its 15th year of support and service to the arts, as chair, it is my privilege to extend an invitation and I strongly encourage your support by joining Partners and becoming a part of the continuing and constantly changing work of enhancing the Arts.  I, like all of you, am firmly aware of the economic trials we are all facing at this time, but so are the Arts.  ENCORE is the designation for this our 15thyear as we celebrate and begin another 15 years with new ideas and a heightened spirit of commitment.

Come join Partners for ENCORE. The shows must go on now more than ever.


Jim Dukes, Jr.

Chair, Partners for the Arts