News and Notes from the SCAC

A Gathering of Heroes

The “Perk Players” in partnership with “The Telling Trees Project” presented A Gathering of Heroes.  Admission to the production included donations to “Our Daily Bread Food Pantry”! Over 15 flats of food were donated!
Food Collections

Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership, MS Gulf Coast Community College and the Mississippi Creative Economy sponsored the Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop, February 23, 2017, at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Featured speakers included Tonya Sanders Hays (Wings Director and writer of the two “Telling Trees” Plays featuring Stone County stories), Rick Wilemon (William Carey University-curator, painter, and sculptor) and Bethany Byrd (Marketing) “Own Your Hill”.  Robert St. John was the luncheon keynote speaker and the Ultimate Panel Discussion followed – Tres Hombres– Robert St. John (Chef, Restaurateur, Author), Malcolm White (Director Mississippi Arts Commission) and Wyatt Waters (watercolorist and author)! 65+ participants enjoyed a day of sharing and learning from these incredible workshop leaders!
Wyatt Waters, Malcolm White, Robert St. John

Stone County Arts Council March Meeting                       and Kelly Spacht Workshop

The Stone County Arts Council will meet on March 21, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The meeting is open to all interested participants.
Following the meeting, at 5:30pm, artist Kelly Spacht will present the workshop “Painting Jellyfish.” The workshop is open to SCAC members for $25 and non-members for $40. For more information and to register, contact Sandra Cassibry at (601) 928-2343 or (601) 928-6298.
Kelly Spacht Jellyfish

Join us at The Mary O’Keefe for Red Creek Currents!



Artist Wyatt Waters and the SCAC Paint Red Creek

Wyatt Waters’ Easel
SCAC with Wyatt Waters at Red Creek


2017 Creative Economy Workshop

Join us February 23rd, 9am-3pm for The Creative Economy Workshop at the Community Arts Center with Mississippi chef and author, Robert St. John, famed watercolorist, Wyatt Waters and Mississippi Arts Commission Director, Malcolm White as the guest presenters. Information on this workshop will be on the Stone County EDP website at

Cost is $10.

Creative Economy Workshop Scheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Betsy M. Rowell 601-550-5699

Creative Economy Workshop Scheduled

Wiggins, MS—The  Stone County Economic Development Partnership is planning for their second annual Creative Economy Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016.  The day-long program is being hosted at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.    On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. the program kicks-off at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.  Cost to participate is $10.

We have an outstanding agenda for the day, speakers from across the state will share information on a variety of resources available to small communities.  Representatives from MS Arts Commission, MS Main Street Assoc. and others will be in attendance.    Mississippi’s creative economy employs more than 60,000 people in job sectors ranging from design to culinary arts,  museums and heritage.  Most important, the concept is creating a buzz across the state and is generating excitement in small towns that now see new opportunities they may not have considered, new ways to generate, attract and keep jobs.  Taking advantage of our county’s cultural and creative resources can both stimulate the local economy and lay the foundation for future growth and stability.

Lunch is being prepared for us by the award-winning Stone High School Culinary Arts students.  You may register at:

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership is organized under the general laws of Mississippi as a not-for-profit, public corporation authorized by the Mississippi State Legislature in 1999.  The organization plays a vital role in providing one voice to local business owners and those looking to locate in Stone County.  

Betsy M. Rowell, Executive Director
Stone County Economic Development Partnership
115 Hatten Avenue East
P.O. Box 569
Wiggins, MS 39577
Cell:  601-550-5699
Office:  601-928-5418
Fax:  601-928-6469
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