Local artist receives arts grant

Donna Hunt of Forest has received a $500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. The grant is part of $1.61 million in grant money that the MAC awarded in the 2015-16 year. The grant is for expanding the artist’s professional development in attending the International Association of Pastel Convention in Albuquerque, NM.
The grants are made possible by funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Executive Director of the MAC, Dr. Tom Pearson said, “The arts in Mississippi are now being recognized as a key component to economic development and as a driver for creative strategies for the growth of our communities.”
“Individual artists play a vital role as really the backbone of this movement, and it is an honor for this agency to be a part of their professional growth,” Pearson said.
Donna Hunt has had a love of art and painting since childhood. She has studied under teachers in Mississippi including Bob Tompkins, Ann Enochs, John Gaddis, and Albert Smathers; and she has taken courses under Richard McKinley, Anatoly Deverin, Alan Flattman, Jeanne Rossier Smith, and Roger Dale Brown. 
Hunt currently teaches art at East Rankin Academy in Pelahatchie and in private workshops to children. She has recently been chosen to design tee-shirts for the 2017 Wing Dang Doodle Festival and has painted several of the roosters displayed around Forest. Mrs. Hunt is excited and appreciative of this opportunity to experience workshops at the International Association of Pastel Artists.
The MAC is a state agency serving residents 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.
 The MAC was established in 1968 and serves to actively support and promote arts in community life and in arts education.

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