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 and
to 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.

Board Members serve for a term of three consecutive years where they oversee the
operations of the Hattiesburg Arts Council as well as do extensive committee work.
HAC Board Members
Rebekah Stark Johnson  
(Executive Director)  

Lici Beveridge (President)  
Kim Whitt  (Past President)  
Tomeka Durr-Wiley  (Vice President)  
Robin Fall  (Treasurer)  
Tom Boldo  (Secretary)  

Stephen Coleman  
Stephanie DeArmy  
Lynn Crosby Gammill  
Shelley Gendusa  
Christine Heath  
Hugh M. Howell, Jr.  
James Moore  
Chris Spence  
Josh Sutton  
Carey Varnado  
Sarah Webb  

Alehandro Wooten  
(Arts Facilitator)  
Abigail Lenz Allen  
(Arts Facilitator)
The Hattiesburg Arts Council extends a warm thank you to our 2016-2017 sponsors:
Webmaster: Adolfo Pardo