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Hattiesburg Arts Council

Hattiesburg Arts Council's Mission Statement

The Hattiesburg Arts Council (HAC) began in 1970 as the brainchild of a group of citizens who loved art, dance, music and theatre.This group organized events funded by private participation that included arts exhibits in public spaces or in member’s homes, luncheon lectures and children’s theatre.

Currently housed in the Cultural Center on Main Street, the HAC operates as a nonprofit entity and is financed by memberships, corporate sponsorships, the city of Hattiesburg, Forrest County and the Mississippi Arts Commission, who receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Most events, which include the Brown Bag Concerts, Children’s theatre, art exhibits and luncheon
lectures are free and all are open to the public and offer something for everyone.

As the official arts agency of the City of Hattiesburg, the Hattiesburg Arts Council’s purpose is to support, promote, sponsor and coordinate existing arts related activities and organizations in the community andto establish new ones where the cultural need has not been filled.

Our board of directors includes outstanding leaders in our community, artists and professional educators in the humanities from both the University of Southern Mississippi,  and William Carey University.

HAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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