(Jackson, Miss) – Grenada Afterglow Film Festival has been awarded a $4,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2016-2017 and will be used to fund the 3rd edition of Afterglow which takes place October 7-8th - providing arts/education/entertainment to the Grenada area. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Organizations that support the arts play a pivotal role in growing Mississippi’s creative economy,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support their work, which reinforces the value of the arts for communities and for the economic development of our state.”
Katrina Kinder, Director of Afterglow says, “The Grenada Afterglow Film Festival is brightening the glow this year, adding many new events. Now referred to as Mississippi’s Mini SxSW (South by SouthWest: the giant Austin, TX festival featuring a convergence of film, music and tech), Afterglow will kick off on Friday evening with a comedy mystery improv show entitled “Mister Murdery” presented by the Tupelo Improv Troupe, West of Shake Rag. On Saturday, choose from indie short films (produced in Mississippi and Internationally), all day live music, art vendors, an art contest, writers’ book signings, tech workshops including a talk on tech-based entrepreneurship from Innovate Mississippi, a claymation workshop, a special effects make-up workshop, video gaming tournaments, virtual reality, cosplay, and more. These industries work hand in hand and Afterglow offers an extraordinary networking opportunity. We have a call for film submissions, artists, art contest entries, writers, and video gamers. See www.GrenadaAfterglow.com for more info.”
The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.
For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Melia Dicker, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.