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Laurel Arts League Distributes Funds to School Art Departments | Free News

Grant applications are now open

Last week, the Laurel Arts League provided financial support to several area high school art departments. The “Green Apron” ladies presented annual mini-grant checks to teachers and principals at Northeast Jones, South Jones, West Jones, Laurel High School and Laurel Christian School. The grants, which total $2,250, support the league’s mission to promote and celebrate the visual and performing arts through public education.

“We’ve been supporting generations of budding artists in Jones County for more than 50 years,” said Lora Adcock, president of the Laurel Arts League. “We are excited to continue this tradition by helping local high schools foster a creative and artistic environment for their students.

“These mini-grants allow event sponsors and the community to see first-hand the value of these vital contributions that continue to directly benefit arts education.”

The grants are made possible in part through the success of the Arts League’s main fundraiser, Day in the Park, which exceeded its sponsorship goals in 2022.

Platinum sponsors were Howard Industries, Be Amazing Paper Company, Bok Homa Casino, McCoy Hill Designs, Sanderson Farms, DE Fast Link, Alexander’s and Chick-fil-A.

Gold sponsors included the Burroughs Company; Chancellor, Inc., Community Bank; North Laurel Family Dentistry; Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Clinic, Eye Care Associates; Fail Telecommunications Corp.; Gilchrist, Sumrall, Yoder, Yoder and Leggett; Kroger; The Knight Butcher; BClean; Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson and McDaniel; Insight Therapy Center; Jones County Board of Supervisors; Visit Laurel Jones County; Laurel Dental Group; State Farm – Lori Hearn; Bill and Missy Sanderson; Thermo-Kool; Trusted Brand and Rock 104.

Silver sponsors included Adcock Pool, Spa and Billiards; BancorpSouth; State Farm-Brian Ginn; Family Dental Center; Laurel Machine & Foundry Company and Southern Antiques, in addition to bronze sponsor CitruSolutions Carpet Cleaning Process.

Organizations interested in sponsoring Day in the Park 2023 can find more information by emailing [email protected]

In addition to handing out high school scholarships, the League also announced that applications for its Community Grants Program are currently open. Organizations interested in applying for these grants can visit https://larelartsleague.com/community-grants for more information. Funding decisions will be made as applications are received.

Founded in 1969, the mission of the Laurel Arts League is to support and celebrate the visual and performing arts through public education and events in Jones County. To learn more about events, sponsorship opportunities and ways to get involved, visit

laurelartsleague.com.