Making A Difference

Tournament inspires Sarah Broom to work with Chastain to improve the school’s tennis program. Sarah Broom went to a tennis tournament at the River Hills Club hoping to take in some matches and watch future stars battle it out before they make it big in the Women’s Tennis Association. Never did she think that by […]

Community Foundation for Mississippi announces officers for 2019 Board

The Community Foundation for Mississippi, a leader in central Mississippi philanthropy, elected a new slate of officers to the 2019 Board of Trustees and introduced several new Trustee members. The officers for the Board of Trustees include Jon C. Turner, Chairman; Will Crossley, Vice-Chair; Ashley N. Wicks, Treasurer; and Larry Edwards, Secretary. Newly elected members […]

Community foundations kick off tax-credit drive

By JACK WEATHERLY If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So goes the axiom. Yet that leaves open the possibility that it can be true. The seven community foundations of Mississippi asked the Legislature for $2.5 million in tax credits over five years to start the Endow Mississippi Program. The full […]

The Faulkner turns to back pages of family, downtown history

By JACK WEATHERLY As you might imagine, a great-nephew of William Faulkner has a story or two. Thomas W. “Buddy” Faulkner bought the five-story building at 518 Capitol St. in 1993 out of foreclosure. “I love old buildings, so it was a no-brainer,” said Faulkner, an architect who now lives in Chattanooga, but is a […]

Molina Healthcare to sponsor Family Literacy Program with $5K gift to Children’s Museum

Representatives from Molina Healthcare of Mississippi recently presented the Mississippi Children’s Museum with a $5,000 contribution to sponsor one of the museum’s most successful and longest running programs, “Planting the Seeds to Read.” Improving childhood literacy has always been one of the cornerstones of MCM’s educational mission and is the goal behind “Planting the Seeds […]

Unframed Images at MSU, Millsaps College Players at the Arts Center and Edible Book Festival at USM

Mississippi State University Libraries is partnering with Tuskegee University in Alabama and the Southern Literary Trail to host “Unframed Images,” an art exhibition honoring the work of African American photographer P.H. Polk. Tuskegee University archivist Dana Chandler will open the exhibition with a lecture on Polk’s work on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. in […]

Pamela Joy Swanson

Pamela Joy Swanson, 67, of Madison went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 18, 2019. She was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church, an Animal Rescue Activist, General Parts Manager at Stribling Equipment, a former substitute teacher at Madison Ridgeland Academy, and a faithful and godly servant of Christ and […]

MAC Accepting Grant Applications

The Mississippi Arts Commission is accepting applications for the agency’s annual grants program. Operating and project grants are available for organizations and schools, and fellowships, apprenticeships, artist roster and teaching artist roster applications are available for individual artists. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1, 2019, at 5 p.m. Grants to organizations fund a […]

MAC Grants Review Set for Jan. 18 at MSU Riley Center

The Mississippi Arts Commission will host “Meet the MAC — Grants 101,” an overview of the agency’s grant programs, on Jan. 18 at noon, at the MSU Riley Center. The program is targeted to Mississippi-based artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit organizations. At each session, MAC staff will present an overview of the agency’s grant […]

Grant Awarded for Arts Center Renovation

A $250,000 grant from the John F. and Lucy Shackelford Charitable Fund through the Community Foundation for Mississippi will be earmarked for renovations to the Arts Center of Mississippi. The Greater Jackson Arts Council (GJAC) made the announcement. The renovations will include permanent public spaces honoring former First Lady of Mississippi Pat Fordice (1935-2007) and […]

Belhaven Business Success Award, ‘Imitation of Life’ Exhibit at MSU and Millsaps at the Arts Center

Belhaven University gave John G. Davis Jr., executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, its Business Success Award as part of the university’s 2018 Alumni Awards reception on Friday, Nov. 2. The university grants the Business Success Award to School of Business graduates who integrate Christian values and ethics in the marketplace, the […]

JPS Schools Get a Big Surprise from Community Leaders

The Junior League of Jackson and the Community Foundation of Mississippi awarded grants to 10 schools in the Jackson Public School District. It was a surprise that brightened many faces at Sykes Elementary today. Award winning teachers, administrators, and students received a check for more than $14,000. More than 75 groups applied for the grants but […]

Mississippi Writers Trail Unveils First Marker, Honors Eudora Welty

The Mississippi Writers Trail begins with the dedication of the inaugural marker honoring Eudora Welty outside her former home in Jackson Monday. “An international treasure in the literary world, Eudora Welty’s works stand the test of time, influencing generations of writers and sharing Mississippi with the world,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “This trail […]

Mississippi Writers Trail to Unveil Eudora Welty Marker

The Mississippi Writers Trail will kick off with the dedication and unveiling of the inaugural marker honoring author Eudora Welty. Born in 1909 in Jackson, Welty lived in the capital city for the majority of her life. An award-winning author of short stories and novels, Welty was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, […]

Mississippi Writers Trail Builds on Success of Book Festival

If it weren’t for a Mississippi Freedom Trail marker, you might not know that a section of Jackson’s Capitol Street was once the scene of a significant civil rights protest, Woolworth’s sit-in. If it weren’t for a Mississippi Blues Trail marker, you might not know that Club Ebony in Indianola was once owned by B.B. […]

Jackson Becomes International Village for USA IBC

A global welcome means a local bonus with the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, and not just in the thrill of world-class dance. There’s a concrete reward, too. It just got pressure-washed. The IBC continues through June 23 at Thalia Mara Hall with three rounds of competition in classical and contemporary ballet. Tickets are on […]

IBC Moves Beyond Tutus and Pointe Shoes with Competition Fierce

Tutus and pointe shoes were scarce during round two of the USA International Ballet Competition, as dancers performed contemporary pieces. To qualify as contemporary, the dances had to be choreographed in 2014 or later and no longer than 4 minutes—one performance was to a Justin Timberlake song, “Don’t Hold the Wall.” Every performance was brand […]

Southeastern Council of Foundations appoints Community Foundation for Mississippi President and CEO Jane Alexander to Board

Jane Clover Alexander, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Mississippi, was recently appointed to the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) Board of Trustees, joining a roster of philanthropic executives and leaders from organizations across the southeastern region. SECF is the nation’s second largest regional association of grantmakers, representing 360 philanthropic organizations in 11 […]

State Lands Grant for Mississippi Writers Trail

The Mississippi Arts Commission, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Mississippi, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Book Festival, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Library Commission, is pleased to announce the creation of a Mississippi Writers Trail to honor the most acclaimed and influential writers throughout the Magnolia State. […]

The trail they blazed: Mississippi authors to be honored with writer’s trail

William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Margaret Walker Alexander, Tennessee Williams and Richard Wright. These names should sound familiar to most Mississippians. Now, with the assistance of a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, these literary heroes and many others will be celebrated for their works with the Mississippi Writer’s Trail. Mississippi is the first state […]

Mississippi wins grant to create Writers Trail

Mississippi is well known for its literary heritage, and thanks to a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the state will be commemorating its authors with the Mississippi Writers Trail. The Writer’s Trail is a project of the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission and Visit Mississippi. It will feature historical […]

New trail will track Mississippi’s literary history

The first markers on the new Mississippi Writers Trail will be be unveiled in August during the 2018 Mississippi Book Festival. Similar to the Mississippi music trails, the Writers Trail will be a compilation of historical markers honoring acclaimed and influential writers throughout the state, including William Faulkner, Jesmyn Ward, Richard Wright, Eudora Welty, Margaret Walker […]

New Stage Theatre Presents SILENT SKY

New Stage Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky February 13-25, 2018. Curtain times and dates for performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $30.00 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid […]

Tax Changes Could Change Charitable Giving

The holiday season is traditionally the time of year where donations to charity increase. But as MPB’s Mark Rigsby reports, possible federal tax changes could change the way Americans give to charitable causes. The tax code overhaul, currently under consideration by Congress, could result in a decrease in charitable donations. Richard Gershon, a tax law […]

Foundation Receives Gift of Millions Earmarked for Downtown Improvements

A gift to the Community Foundation for Mississippi means more good news for downtown Jackson. The foundation recently announced it had received a $10 million donation, which has been set aside for quality of life improvements downtown. “This was an incredible, game-changing gift that clearly shows people can impact their communities long after they’re gone,” […]

A Midwife’s Tale: Saving the Scott Ford Houses

People sit at a black folding table in a front yard playing cards, while others watch cars pass with an occasional wave. The scene is common throughout much of Jackson, but it is a rare sign of life on Cohea Street in the once-vibrant Farish Street district. Cohea Street runs perpendicular to Farish Street, once […]

Community Foundation Donates $750,000

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson has made a $750,000 contribution to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s Two Mississippi Museums project. The gift, made possible by a bequest from John F. and Lucy Shackelford, will sponsor the permanent exhibit gallery at the Museum of Mississippi History. During a news conference the group also announced that it […]

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Expands Work and Changes Name

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Expands Work and Changes Name CFGJ Marks Expansion of Mission with Major Gift to Museum of Mississippi History  Jackson, Mississippi (October 24, 2017) — The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, a nonprofit philanthropic organization that provides charitable donors with tools to invest in the communities and causes they care […]