Walter Anderson Museum receives $68,000 in grants

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - At the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the eyes never tire of places to wander or pieces to see.

"They have a lot of color and detail; it's cool," said Madeline Porter, a visitor from Madison.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art received some help from the Mississippi Arts Commission in its effort to promote the arts. It will receive $34,800 dollars a year in grant money for two years. Deputy director Makala Brown says the money will allow the museum to expand programs like its pre-kindergarten art program launched this summer.

"There's obviously a gap for services for three to five year olds that we would love to fill," says Brown.

"A lot of children may not have the opportunity to be exposed to artists and different types of works. When they come to museums, they really do gain a respect for art and admiration for it," says Sally Porter, also from Madison.

Friends, Sally Porter and Carla Lott, brought their daughters from Madison to experience a piece of Mississippi artistic heritage.

"A lot of our visitors come from three to five hours away. Those tourists are important to this area because there's a lot for the cultural tourist to see," says Brown.

Thursday, July 30th, the museum will showcase an exhibition called Coastal Artists Reflect on Walter Anderson. It will feature about 35 artists and will start at 5:30 in the evening.

The museum is located at 510 Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs.

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