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Events and Concerts

From symphony concerts to blues fests, from community theater productions to the ballet, Jackson celebrates the arts.

The Jackson Arts Council has the mission to promote the arts and make them accessible to the entire community. The Arts Council puts on an annual fund drive and acts as a clearing-house for state and federal arts grants.

One event supported by the Council and Jackson Downtown Development Corp. is the Shannon Street MusicFest, an annual celebration that builds on Jackson’s heritage while it draws in nationally known artists. The Arts Council also helps local art groups in programming and marketing their events. An “Arts-in-Education” program brings artists and the arts into the schools. The Arts Council also maintains a rotating art exhibit at City Hall to showcase the talent of local artists. The Jackson Arts Council has a Cultural Arts Center downtown as part of the city’s downtown redevelopment.

Some of the many arts groups in Jackson include:

  • Ballet Arts, whose annual Christmas gift to the community is a production of “The Nutcracker,” complete with visiting professionals. Ballet Arts also has other performances each year.
  • Jackson Art Association, home to the community’s visual artists.
  • The Jackson Symphony, one of only a handful of regional orchestras in the Southeast. The Jackson Symphony Orchestra performs concerts throughout the year, including special programs for children and senior citizens. The symphony kicks off every season with a free, open-air concert – the Starlight Symphony – on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
  • Jackson Theatre Guild, which involves community actors in several stage productions each year, including musicals.