Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (CCAC)

Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (CCAC)

Funding Received: 2014
Clarksdale, MS
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Clarksdale, MS is located in the Mississippi delta and is famously home to many artists. The Crossroads Cultural Arts Center will include an art gallery, creative spaces for learning, performance space, a visiting artists loft, and retail space. The Center would be infused with the works of traditional and contemporary Delta musicians and visual artists, with an emphasis on local African-American artists and their traditions. 

Major Partners Include:

Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. & Coahoma Community College 

Progress to-date:

  • Purchased building for Crossroads Cultural Arts Center
  • Recruited and selected independent nonprofit board members
  • Started applying for the 501(c3) status
  • Repaired roofing on the building to proceed with programming
  • Developing programming to open the center this summer
  • Developing job descrptiton to hire Director 
  • Hosted a strategy session with Dr. Ann Markusen to discuss community engagement  
  • Partnered with Delta State University to host a Lunch and Learn event with community stakeholders. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ann Markusen
  • Members of the Board of Directors and partners particpated on a panel to discuss "Creative Placemaking in Clarksdale" for the Winning The Race Conference held at Delta State University.