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.
The Hattiesburg Arts Council extends a warm thank you to our 2018-2019 sponsors:
Webmaster: Adolfo Pardo
HAC Board of Directors

Rebekah Stark Johnson
(Executive Director)

Lici Beveridge
Tom Boldo
Jermaine Brown
Tomeka Durr-Wiley
Robin Fall
Anne Gammill Harmon
Christine Heath
Zachary Jones
Mark Malone
James Moore
Mon Mussiett
Sarah Newton
Susan Olmsted
Josh Sutton
Sharon Varnado
Johnny Young