The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts was in Jackson Monday. The centerpiece for the visit to Mississippi was the Mississippi Museum of Arts' garden. A 1.2 acre park where community and culture convene.
City leaders and others joined the arts chairman for a panel discussion on creative place- making to enhance cities, towns and neighborhoods.
"I think more and more people are beginning to understand how the arts can be an engine for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, for urban renewal, the arts have a role for being something more than a painting or a play on a stage," said Rocco Landesman.
The Mississippi Museum of Art is one of 51 recipients of an "Our Town" grant from the N.E.A. $150,000 goes to support Jackson's downtown cultural district project.
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