The Hattiesburg Arts Council provides collaborative, innovative, and accessible programming in the arts, that promotes artists in all disciplines and enhances the quality of life in our community.
The Hattiesburg Arts Council (HAC) holds a special place in my heart. I liken its efforts to the ones I experienced as a young person growing up in Meridian, Mississippi. At a crucial developmental point in my life, my artwork was chosen as first place in an art competition hosted by an organization similar to the HAC. This moment changed my life and gave me purpose.
When I see the HAC at work through its rich history, high-quality programs, and diverse audiences, I not only feel proud of the part that I have played in making these amazing events happen for other people in the community, I feel proud to be a citizen of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
My professional resume includes: a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture, a total of twenty-seven years of continuous professional art related employment, solo exhibitions, largescale public commissions, and more. My former position as the HAC’s Arts Facilitator has given me six years of tremendous insight into the hard work evolved in operating a successful non-profit organization.
With pleasure, I am now carrying the brightly burning torch of the HAC into the future as the new Executive Director. My main objective is to protect the existing integrity of the Hattiesburg Arts Council’s fifty-year tradition and well-defined mission statement.
Meet The Staff
Mary Lucas Halliwell
As a lifelong artist and Downtown Hattiesburg resident, the Hattiesburg Arts Council has always held a special place in my heart. From attending Arts Exhibits with my parents to enjoying smART Space with my friends as a child, to participating in the Emerging Artists Show in high school, HAC's effect on my creative growth has been a vital part of my development.
Growing up in such a vibrant area, surrounded by art and fellow artists made it easy to see the importance of the Arts in the world around us.
After studying Sculpture at Mississippi State University, I earned an even greater appreciation for self-expression and the importance of uplifting the voices of others. This is why I'm so happy to be working as the new HAC Arts Facilitator.
HAC Board of Directors
Casey Jarman - President
Karen Huddleston - Vice President
Malia-Jaye Lewis - Treasurer
Murph Little - Secretary
Lynn Phillips Helwig
Jacqueline Gonzalez Wooton
We believe the Arts transform and enhance the lives of all citizens.