JACKSON, Miss. — Wayne Andrews of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC) in Oxford and Dora Glover of the Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc. (ACER) in Duck Hill have been announced as this year’s Back Stage Pass conference $1,500 grand prize winners.
The conference and grand prize drawings were sponsored by the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA), Mississippi Arts Commission and Visit Mississippi.
Back Stage Pass was held in Vicksburg, Miss. on Jan. 26 and 27 where the winners were chosen during the closing session from attendees at the conference.
“The bottom line goal is educating attendees on how to produce meaningful, authentic events that boost the local economy, attract visitors and provide community residents with quality of life programs,” says Jeannie W. Zieren, director of training and information services at Mississippi Main Street Association.
Throughout the conference, to be eligible for the grand prize drawings, attendees attended the Mississippi Artist Showcase, where six Mississippi Roster Artists performed, and had every exhibitor at Back Stage Pass sign their program. Once completed, the signed programs were divided into two stacks and a winner was randomly chosen from the “small town” stack as well as the “large town” stack.
“We are excited as it will support a new project we are doing to promote partnerships between arts and cultural groups across the state,” Wayne Andrews, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Director said. “Back Stage Pass is a great chance for organizations like YAC to step outside our community, learn from others, and explore the depth of talent in our state.”
Mississippi Main Street Association is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program and our mission is to provide education and technical assistance to member towns, which focuses on issues embraced by the Four Point Approach of Main Street - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality – that are designed to match resources available in their communities. Currently, MMSA has 50 Main Street Member Communities, five Downtown Network Communities as well as numerous Association Members, Allied Members, and Friends of Main Street. By utilizing MMSA’s expertise, resources and technical assistance, once badly deteriorating downtowns are becoming vibrant and viable, and are taking their rightful place as the heart, center and core of their communities. For more opportunities and information on events like Back Stage Pass, visit msmainstreet.com.
By: Lindsey Edwards