2016 Governor's Arts Awards
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The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is hosting the 28th annual celebration of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

The ceremony will take place at:

Duling Hall

622 Duling Avenue

Jackson, MS 39216

A public reception for the 2016 awards recipients will be held prior to the ceremony at:

Brent’s Drug Store

655 Duling Avenue

Jackson, MS 39216

3:30 PM

This inspiring event spotlights Mississippi’s outstanding cultural resources and honors those who contribute to the state through their vision and creativity. The awards are presented to individuals and organizations for exceptional work in visual, literary, and performing arts, community development through the arts, and arts patronage.

The five recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are:

Claudia Cartee, Excellence in Visual Arts

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Heritage

Tig Nataro, Artist Achievement

Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, Excellence in Acting

Tom “Bones” Malone, Lifetime Achievement

A biography of each recipient is available at http://www.arts.ms.gov/special-projects/GAA2016.php.

Each recipient will be interviewed on the Mississippi Arts Hour on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) Think Radio which airs every Sunday at 5:00 p.m.  The interviews will air as follows:

Scott Barretta – January 17th

Claudia Cartee and Tig Nataro – January 24th

Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart – January 31st

Tom “Bones” Malone – February 7th

MPB Think Radio Stations are:


WMAH 90.3


WMAE 89.5


WMAU 88.9


WMAO 90.9


WMPN 91.3


WMAW 88.1

MS State

WMAB 89.9


WMAV 90.3

The emcee for the awards ceremony will be Julia Reed.  Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, “The High & Low.”  She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, where she writes a food column, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC.  She lives in New Orleans, where she served as board chair of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for seven years. Currently, she is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Eudora Welty Foundation.

For those unable to attend the event, the show will be broadcasted live on MPB Think Radio, and will be taped to air later that evening on MPB Television.


The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency, funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts and the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. MAC is the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.