Mississippi Humanities Council Receives MAC, CFGJ Grant Funds for Family Reading Program

The Mississippi Humanities Council has been awarded over $6,000 from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to support the MHC’s Family Reading Program. The MHC received $2,050 from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and $3,960 from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

“We are thrilled to receive these grant funds from MAC and CFGJ. Both organizations have been such strong supporters of our Family Reading Program in the past, and we are excited to see the impact that this money can have on communities around the metro and state,” said Caroline Gillespie, MHC program officer.

The MHC’s Family Reading Program is comprised of English and English-Spanish family-based reading programs for adults and their lower-elementary aged children. The programs model reading skills and discussion techniques that stimulate interest in the books’ content—helping foster a lifelong love of learning through reading. Each program meets once a week for six weeks and features well-known children’s books. A storyteller helps bring the books to life while a discussion leader engages the families in humanities-based discussion on the themes of the books. The programs are free for sites to host, and each program can accommodate up to 25 families.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency that serves the residents of Mississippi by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities. The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. For more information, visit www.mshumanities.org.