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.
Webmaster: Adolfo Pardo
The Hattiesburg Arts Council extends a warm thank you to our 2016-2017 sponsors:
Sustaining Benefactor
Hattiesburg Clinic Internal Medicine
Saenger Theatre
The Greater Pine Belt Foundation (Ann
Morris Memorial Fund)

Grand Benefactor
Bancorp South
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Hub City Lofts
Kitchen Table
Leadership Pinebelt Class of 2016
Oddfellows Gallery
The First; A National Banking Assoc.
Trinity Episcopal Church

Alter Recycling
Area Development Partnership
Bryan Nelson Law Firm
Finlo Construction Co., Inc.
Grove Transit
Kessler Federal
Lincoln Road Package Store
Merit Health Wesley
New South Restaurant Group
South Group Insurance

Brown Bottling Company
C. L. Dews & Sons Foundry
Great Southern Bank
Moore Funeral Homes, Inc.
Overhead Door Co. of Hattiesburg Inc.
Pat McKenzie
Regions Bank
Roberts & Associates
Robin Roberts Attorney at Law

Anderson Design Center
HMP Nursing Services, Inc.

Ellen Bevon CPA
Southern Oaks House & Garden

Business Members
Arc of Southeast Mississippi
Audio Service
Bianchi’s Pizzeria
Grateful Soul
Hattiesburg American
Hattiesburg Area Historic Society
Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Assoc.
Hub City Spokes
Keg & Barrel
Live @ Five
Mississippi Music Inc.
Mobile Street Renaissance Festival
Signature Magazine
Standard Office Supply
Strick’s  BBQ
Supply the Art (Cade Slaughter)
Thirsty Hippo
Tonsorial Parlor
Town Square Cafe & Bakery
Twin Forks Wine & Provisions
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Architecture Dept.
University of Southern Mississippi
USM School of Construction
William Carey University

Municipal and
State Sponsors and Grants
City of Hattiesburg/Parks
and Recreation Dept.
Forrest County Board of Supervisors
Mississippi Arts Commission.
Corporate Sponsors