Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hancock County Arts

3/18 St. Louis Bay Bridge Public Art Project
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is inviting artists to submit artwork for a Bay St. Louis Bridge enhancement project. Brass plaques will project the artist renderings, and will be attached to balustrades on the south side of the pedestrian lane along with 1/10th mile markers. Twenty (20) selected works will be transposed from 2-dimensional contour line drawings to 3-dimensional brass plaques and finished in low relief brass. A $500 award will be offered for each selected drawing. This will be highly competitive and submission requirements are listed below.
Artists must be a current resident of Hancock or Harrison County and be at least 16 years old.
Artists may submit up to 5 pieces.
Artist's name must NOT appear on submissions. DO NOT SIGN WORK. Works are to be an original contour line drawing NO LARGER THAN 16"H x 22"W on 80# or heavier sketch paper that measures 18"H x 24"W (this will be the size of the finished plaque). The drawing is to be done in pen or pencil only; no color or shading.
All contact information is to be written on the application form which will be inserted into a self addressed, stamped envelope and attached to the drawing. There will be one submission form and envelope per drawing. DO NOT SEAL ENVELOPE!
Deadline: No later than Monday, April 16, 2007, 5:00 P.M. (Office hours Monday - Friday 9: a.m. - 5: p.m.)
Delivery: The Arts office in the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce building, 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St. Louis, MS. 228-467-9048
Judging: An independent panel appointed by the Mississippi Arts Commission will review all submissions and make the final selections.
Notification: Artists will be notified by mail (postmarked no later than April 30, 2007).

26 March -- Deadline for submissions to the 10th Annual Moonlight on the Bay Gala and Silent Auction at the Hollywood Casino, to benefit the Hancock Medical Center. For more information, please call Tom Carlton of HMC at 228-467-8790 or Ruth Thompson at The Arts office 228-467-9048.

REVISED Art of the Storm
Film Premiere
Friday November 10, 2006
American Legion Hall, BSL

9/6 Our meetings will take place at the Hancock County Library (312 Highway 90 Bay St. Louis [map]) at 5:00 PM on the day of each meeting.

October 2006
14 October -- Second Saturday Art Walk, Olde Town Bay St. Louis

November 2006
4 November -- Reception for “Substance, Spirit, and Survival; Post-Katrina works from the artists of Hancock Count , MS in Georgetown, Washington D.C. (show runs November 1 – December 31, 2006)
10 November -- Local premier of the documentary, “The Art of the Storm,” in Hancock County, location and time to be announced
11-12 November -- ArtsAlive! 2006

5/15 - Update
WALKING ON WATER, the unique art catalog published by THE ARTS, HANCOCK COUNTY, is now available for sale. The full-color, 58 page book features artwork by 66 artists. It is available at CLAY CREATIONS and SOCIAL CHAIR, both on Main Street, and on The Arts website at The cost is $20.

The Arts, Hancock County is an all volunteer umbrella organization representing artists, writers, musicians, performing artists, artisans and art businesses. Since Hurricane Katrina, The Arts has provided an even more active leadership role in our arts community.

Temporary OfficeAt the invitation of the Chamber of Commerce, The Arts set up a temporary office at the Coast Electric Conference Center on Main Street. This provides a visible presence in the community and a physical address for receiving donations of art supplies. Post Katrina GoalsTo respond to the crisis that we face, our goals were streamlined:

1. Locate our artists and determine their needs.

As artists are contacted we ask them to fill out a simple form which became known as the “Adopt an Artist” form which describes the artist’s losses and needs. Information from these forms are posted on our web site, provided to groups wishing to adopt an artist, and used in a number of other ways such as allocating funds or supplies.

They have a new set of pages for those wishing to "Adopt An Artist". All Art forms are represented...

2. Serve as a clearinghouse to find grants and other resources.

The Arts applied for and received the following grants:November - $5,000 grant from the Americans for the Arts.December - $4,000 technical assistance grant from the Southern Federation of Art.February - $5,000 grant from the National Endowment for the ArtsMembers were encouraged to apply for $500 mini-grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission in November. In the first round of grants, 80% or 40 of the 52 mini-grants were awarded to artists in Hancock County. A second round of mini-grants was announced in January for artists who had not received the first grants.We received a shipment of art supplies worth $40,000 from artists in Sante Fe to help our artists get back to work. Disbursement of the supplies are based on needs expressed in the Adopt an Artist forms.We also received 24 boxes of art books from several sources. Once repairs are finished, these will be given to the Hancock Library system for anyone to use.

3. Discover new venues for exhibiting and selling artwork.

An all out effort has been made to discover alternative sites for selling art work. The first venue was Stennis Space Center’s Holiday Village during the month of December. is a spectacular one day event planned for March 11 at the William J. Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a fundraiser to benefit the artists in Hancock County and will kick-off a series of national shows.Some of the shows will be open to all artists; some will be juried or invitational. Other shows planned are the Foundry Gallery in Washington, D.C. in July, several galleries in Minnesota in April and the West Wind Gallery in Port Townsend, Washington in September.

4. Ensure that the arts are a vital element in the rebuilding of our community.

Documented the number of art related businesses which were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Participated in the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, stressing the importance of the arts as an economic tool.

Coordinating an effort with the Bay-Waveland School Board and the Mississippi Arts Commission to explore the idea of converting Second Street School into an Arts Center, housing the BSL Little Theater and artists studios. Disaster Relief FundThe Arts set up a special bank account to receive donations. Thus far, the account totals over $17,000. These funds are being allocated to artist members.

The Arts, Hancock County MississippiDisaster Relief Fund
Hancock Bank
601 Hwy 90
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Account # 013822753
Routing # 065503681

Web Sites
Our web site has been upgraded and reconfigured to reflect current needs and activities. The address is Weekly articles (with a focus on art) are also posted as part of the citizen diaries on

Networking Articles in national and regional art publications have resulted in a number of fundraising projects, offers of temporary studio and housing and other opportunities. As a result, The Arts have formed alliances with other art groups across the country.

For more information, contact Gwen Impson, President at 228-263-6530 or Angela Sallis, Secretary at 228-216-7725.

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