The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council located in Oxford, MS has been selected as a finalist for a $20,000 award in the 50 States for Good program sponsored by Tom's of Maine. Tom's of Maine receives thousands of submissions for this program. They have selected just 41 groups to consider as finalists. The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's project of renovating the Powerhouse Community Arts Center to provide access to the arts in rural Mississippi was the only project selected in Mississippi, and the only arts project among all the finalists. The Tom's of Maine will contribute $20,000 to five different programs that are making a difference in their community. The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's renovation of the Powerhouse into a community arts center was selected as one of these worthy programs to be considered for the award. The challenge is that Tom's of Maine has narrowed the finalist down to 41 programs and is now asking the public for input on which five programs should receive the funds. Oxford is competing with programs in Brooklyn, NY, Seattle, WA, and St. Paul, MN. We hope that by asking regional media to support this story that we can get the entire state of Mississippi behind this project. I think people will take pride in showing that our region has programs that rival anything in New York, Seattle and St. Paul, MN. Information can be found on our websitewww.oxfordarts.com, but I am also attaching a link to Tom's of Maine to read more about this great honor.
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