Hancock County kicks off capital campaign for The Arts with Mardi Gras in May

Come join The Arts, Hancock County for our inaugural Gala to officially kick-off The Arts 2.0 Capital Campaign and to celebrate our new community Arts Center.

The Gala’s theme is “Mardi Gras in May” and will be held 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 29 at the home of Mamie Hillery at 414 South Beach in Bay St. Louis.

Join us for a fun-filled, unforgettable evening of Carnival revelry and Mardi Gras themed specialty foods and treats. DJ Dave Mayley will be spinning hits to keep you moving all night long.

Dress is casual but costumes and all of your creative accessories are more than welcome. The Mardi Gras theme is especially appropriate since the new Arts Center at 405 Blaize Avenue in the Depot District is the location where the late Carter Church, renowned Mardi Gras costume designer, brought his art to life.

A silent auction will feature authentic Carter Church costumes and props and dozens of pieces of fine art and handmade items.

Tickets are $125 per person. Each ticket includes food and one free drink ticket.  Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  All ticket sales and proceeds benefit The Arts, Hancock County 501(c)3 and are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tickets can be purchased online at https://hancockarts.org/Gala.

The purchase of the new Arts Center was made possible by a generous donation from New Orleans native Mamie Hillery.

“Bay St. Louis needs a place to be the center of the art community, where everyone can grow some roots,”  she said. “It’s the opportunity for every aspect of art to be together.”

You can see Mamie’s story at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_0vPUd6hoE

The building acquisition is the foundation of a capital campaign “Arts 2.0 A new Building, A new Vision”. The campaign is focused on the development of the building as a multi-purpose community arts center; serving as a center for community engagement and the delivery of programs and services. John Anderson led the team at unabridged architecture to complete renovation plans including space for exhibits, art classes, workshops, meetings and much more.

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