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One Voice offers social justice, civil rights internship


One Voice has launched its new leadership initiative, the Hollis Watkins Muhammad Leadership Development Program.

The program is a nine-week internship aimed at providing critical leadership tools to college students that help them to become world leaders in the field of social justice.

It is named in honor of Hollis Watkins Muhammad, a veteran of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the first student to join the Mississippi chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Muhammad worked side by side with other civil rights leaders such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers and Bob Moses.

HWM interns will be placed within One Voice departments that match their career interests, while learning about current social justice work and civil rights history.

The deadline to apply for the Hollis Watkins Muhammad Leadership Development Program is May 13. The internship will begin on May 23 and end on Aug. 12. Visit to apply.


Spring event showcases creative excellence


The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra have joined forces to present the Guild Spring Showcase on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7  at the Mississippi Craft Center located at 950 Rice Road in Ridgeland.

The event features 30 exhibiting members of the Guild who will showcase and sell their one-of-a-kind, works of art in wood, glass, metal, fiber, mixed media, clay and more. The MSO will present a Craft Beer and Bloody Mary Garden with live music, bratwurst bites and beverages from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. Tickets for the MSO festivities are $20 in advance and $25 at the event. Go to to purchase tickets.

The showcase will also feature craft demonstrations in pottery, wood turning, blacksmithing and jewelry making. Heavenly Hog Barbecue, Pepsi products and desserts will be available. Beverage and dessert sales will raise funds to enable the Guild to provide a week-long creative camp session for disadvantaged youth. Additional information at, on the Guild’s Facebook page: Craftsmen’s Guild of MS and the MSO website.


Arts Commission accepting minigrant applications


Applications are now being accepted for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s minigrant program which began May 2.

The application deadline is at 5 p.m. June 1. MAC offers two minigrant deadlines each year – June 1 and Nov. 1, to assist with smaller arts projects around the state.

Minigrants for organizations are designed to meet a wide variety of needs in Mississippi communities, schools and arts organizations and to stimulate arts projects in rural and underserved communities. Non-profit organizations or local government entities may apply for up to $1,000 to support a presentation by members of the MAC’s Artist Roster. Arts organizations can use the minigrant to hire a consultant, or to support professional development efforts. An organization may receive one minigrant per fiscal year.

Professional-level artists may apply through the artist minigrant program for up to $500 to support promotion and marketing efforts, to attend a professional development workshop, or to purchase art supplies.

Complete grant guidelines and application forms are available on MAC’s website at or by calling (601) 359-6030. First time applicants are strongly encouraged to call and speak with a MAC staff member about their project before submitting an application.


Informational meeting on utility services set for May 10


The Central District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission will host a one-on-one meeting with Commissioner Cecil Brown from 6-7:30 p.m. May 10, at Candlestick Entertainment Center at Candlestick Park in south Jackson.

The informational meeting will review utility services and how the Commission can help residents with problems and challenges. A question-and-answer period will be held and representatives from local utilities will be present.

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