Creative & Cultural Economy Workshop

Join us for the 4th Annual Creative & Cultural Economy Workshop.



The Mural Journey Continues

Mural Artist Elizabeth Veglia, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), Perkinston Campus, art teachers Sandra Cassibry and Daniel Calcote and their art student are creating Stone County’s 8th mosaic tile mural and 35th County Mural. The newest mural celebrates Mississippi’s Bicentennial and will be formally dedicated at the Pine Hill Celebration in Wiggins on March 18, 2017.  This project is a partnership of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, MGCCC, and the Stone County Board of Supervisors and was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, whose mission is to promote understanding of and to conserve and enhance the heritage resources of the six Mississippi Gulf Coast counties.
Front row L to R – Devonna Meuller, Diamondhead; Kendrick Zimmerman, Collins; Ciara Fountain, Perkintson; Back Row: Kaitlyn Breland, Wiggins; Elizabeth Veglia, Bay St. Louis; Daniel Calcote, Wiggins; Sandra Cassibry, Magnolia; and Wyatt Wood, Lumberton.

“A Gathering of Heroes”


The Perk Players and The Telling Trees Project present “A GATHERING OF HEROES: STONE COUNTY STORIES” on February 16, 17, & 18th  at 7pm and February 19th at 2pm at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Mississippi, in the  Malone Hall Auditorium. An additional performance will occur at the Mary C. O’Keefe, Ocean Springs, Mississippi on March 4th  at 7pm.

This original play, written by Tonya S. Hayes is based on oral histories via interviews collected by the Telling Trees Project of Stone County, Mississippi.  The plot follows a young Len Blackwell, a well-known Mississippi Gulf Coast attorney and Stone County native, on his paper route as he discovers the everyday heroes in his community: teachers, veterans, police, fire fighters, farmers, volunteers, neighbors and community leaders.  Based on the examples set by his local heroes,  he realizes that he can become a hero to others.

This is a Stone County community and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College collaboration. The production includes community members, leaders, families, and college students and is made possible through a Tourism Development Grant from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. This production celebrates what makes our community unique and special- the people that reside here.

Tickets: General admission $5 available at the door. Tickets for: military, police, fire fighters, emergency personal are complimentary.  A donation of $5 worth of canned goods will serve as a ticket and will be donated to the Stone County Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.

For more information please contact Daisha Walker 601-928-6289 or

SC100 – Fabulous Friday 02/26/2016

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Building Creative Economy Assets


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The Centennial Mural Journey Begins

Elizabeth Veglia and Sandra Cassibry

Mural artist Elizabeth Veglia (left) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Fine Arts Chair  (right) Sandra Cassibry begin celebration of Stone County’s Centennial. The mosaic tile mural will be dedicated May 10, 2016, and is supported by a grant from the Heritage Foundation and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SC EDP).

Veglia, Cassibry, and MGCCC art students are  working with mural architect Rusty Ryals and the SC EDP Centennial Committee on this significant project.SC100 Logo

The Telling Trees Project and “A-Z” Books Recognized

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDP) nominated “The Telling Trees Project” and the “A-Z” books for the Mississippi Urban Forestry Award for Commercial and Community Development. Receiving the Award from the Mississippi Forestry Commission are Sandra Kirke representing SCEDP and Kathryn Lewis representing The Telling Trees.

Sandra Kirke, SCEDP, and Kathryn Lewis, The Telling Trees
Sandra Kirke, SCEDP, and Kathryn Lewis, The Telling Trees

Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson”

On August 20, 2015, Stone County students and citizens “enjoyed the journey opening the door to literacy” with award winning Author Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.” Thanks to our sponsors and partners Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDP), Stone County School District, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus and Fine Arts Department, Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, and the Pine Belt Libraries.

Stone County Students
All elementary students and middle school students attending Bass’presentation received an autographed copy of the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.”
Honorary Tomcat!
Laura Butler makes Bass an honorary Tomcat.
Heather Bass at book signing at the Wiggins Library.
Author Hester Bass at the book signing at the Wiggins Library.
Artist Elizabeth Huffmaster donates
Artist Elizabeth Huffmaster donates “opening the door to literacy” celebrating Walter Anderson.
Opening the door to literacy.
Opening the door to literacy.

From Page to Stage

Join us for “From Page to Stage” – Sharing Your Community’s Voice. This event is presented by writer/director/actress Tonya Hays, artistic director of the Nationally Award Winning Wings program at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

Where: Community Arts Center, Perkinston Campus- MS Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MS

When: June 20, 2015, 9-noon.

Friends and Family are invited to a brown bag lunch performance at noon. This program is in partnership with MS Gulf Coast Community College, the Stone County Telling Trees Project, Stone County Economic Development Partnership, and Festival South. This program is open and free to the public and is of special interest to citizens who are interested in story gathering and telling.

For additional information contact Tonya Hays – phone: (228-860-6336) or Kathryn Lewis – phone 228-697-4505.

Updates from Your Stone County Arts Council

Join us for “Prime Time Family Reading Time”, a six-week reading program for adults and their lower elementary age children (ages 6-10). Parent/caregivers and children ail enjoy award winning books presented by a storyteller and discussion leader on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm at the Community Arts Center at MGCCC on 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14. Contact Shugana Williams at 601-928-6259 for more information. This program is provided by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Local sponsorship is by MGCCC and the Friends of Stone County Libraries.

The Literacy Celebration will be March 23, 2015, at 3:30 pm at the Wiggins Library. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss bday with storytelling, activities, face painting, birthday cake and free Seuss books for children pre-k through 2nd grade! Come and celebrate. This program is being sponsored through a generous grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The SCAC thanks all of you for your support of the Building Creative Economy Assets Conference. In one word, the event was Priceless! Thanks SCAC, MGCCC, SCEDP and the MS Development Authority. Pictures are available at the end of this article.

Daisha Walker and Kelly may be asking for our help for Pine Hill Day March 20-22, 2015. Thanks to them (and for others) for volunteering to help make the SCAC visible at the Pine Hill Celebration.

The next SCAC meeting is at the VAC: March 24th, 5:30 pm. Also, don’t forget Artist Sherry Carlson’s water color flower workshop March 28, 2015 from 9 until noon. Contact 601-928-6298 for more information and to register.

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