The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.
This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Tasting Society and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council have joined together to bring a special wine tasting event to Oxford. Three Blind Wines, a wine tasting with a twist, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. For more information, visit www.oxfordarts.com. (October 8, 2010, Page 2A)
As the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council enters the last week of online voting to win $20,000 from Tom’s of Maine, Bullseye 95.5 will host a radio-thon on its new morning show, the Big Hot Sho. The show offers original comedy sketches and song parodies designed for the Oxford market. (September 3, 2010, Page 3A)
You can help the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council win $20,000 by going online and voting for the organization. YAC has been selected as a finalist for the award in the “50 States for Good” program sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. To vote, visit http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/living-well/finalists-overview/poll (August 4, 2010, Page 2)
The new Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Film Fund is looking to find ways to help up and coming filmmakers in the area find support and funding. The new fund was announced on Friday at the fundraising party for the independent film, “Where I Begin,” which will be directed by Thomas L. Phillips and co-produced and co-written by The EAGLE’s own Melanie Addington. (June 28, 2010, Page 3)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford Film Freak continues this week in discussing pre-production on the indie film that she co-wrote with Thomas L. Phillips. A party to raise funds for the film is being held at the Powerhouse from 6-8 pm on Friday with a special appearance by Reverend Robert Reed and Jimbo Mathus. (June 24, 2010, Page 10)
While there are no canoes, butterflies or swimming pools involved, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is offering adult summer “camps” that will help grownups learn more about their creative talents.
The classes include learning how to take photographs on black-and-white film and developing them in a dark room; how to convert your home movies to DVD; and an introduction to the basics of composition, light, sound and camera movement when filming with video. (June 4, 2010, Page 1A)
A new festival this summer is planned to help raise finds for the Oxford Medical Ministries. The Oxford Rhythm Revival on June 19 will take place on multiple stages around town. For more information, visit www.oxfordrhythmrevival.com. (May 28, 2010, Page 3A)
After a rainstorm caused Double Decker Arts Festival organizers to change to a two-day event this year, the positive feedback led the Tourism Council to approve turning the festival into a planned two-day event for April 29-30, 2011. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A, 2A)
For the first time in its 15-year history, the Double Decker Arts Festival rescheduled the bulk of its festivities from Saturday to Sunday due to the threat of severe weather. The new music lineup re-arranges the slate of bands, from a one-day concert on two stages to a two-day concert on a single stage. Headliner Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are still performing Saturday night. Art booths and food vendors are to open on the Square Sunday starting at 10 a.m.