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Wednesday April 23 , 2014

Our Vision

The DeSoto Arts Council is the arts agency for DeSoto County, Mississippi and the surrounding region with a mission is to stimulate increased participation in the arts, integrate art into people’s everyday lives, advance community support of the arts, and use the arts to affect community unity and change.

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Established in 1999, the non-profit organization serves 144,706 residents, including the 29,800 children attending DeSoto County Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state of Mississippi in one of the 40 fastest growing counties of the United States. The area’s rapid expansion makes the arts and the accompanying celebration of a sense of place for all in DeSoto County—newcomers and lifelong residents—more important than ever.

DeSoto County, in northwest Mississippi, includes the cities of Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven, and Walls. The Mississippi River is the western boundary and Memphis, Tennessee is the northern border. Here the delta meets the hills. The formerly rural region’s rich culture includes rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, celebrated blues musicians Memphis Minnie, Big Walter Horton, Gus Cannon, and Kenny Brown, best selling writer John Grisham, and actor James Earl Jones.

DAC offers a wide range of activities & programming in a variety of locations around DeSoto County.


  • To involve the entire community and encourage widespread involvement and participation, enjoy arts activities, and celebrate a sense of place and culture.

  • Exhibitions, Concerts, Classes, Workshops, Demonstrations, Receptions, Special Events, Meetings, and Gift Shop


  • Web site, www.desotoarts.com, featuring community arts calendar, with artist directory and kid's page

  • E-mail news for members and community

  • Arts education and advocacy

  • DeSoto Arts Council enhances the arts with exhibitions of student and regional art, classes, workshops, meetings, special events and the Gallery Gift Shop where you can purchase original work by local artisans.

  • The Grape Gatsby, an invitation only wine tasting event with select vintners and the state sommelier pouring premium tastings, complete with pearls and spats.
  • ART for AUTISM:  A series of art sessions conducted by Art Council member artists working with autistic children in conjunction with the BOLD Initiative.

  • Performances, Programs, Workshops and Classes

  • Kids Arts Programs

  • Membership and Community Events

  • DeSoto Songwriters Guild



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