The Arts, Hancock County is dedicated to promoting art in everyday life in Hancock County. Over 200 members are supported by this fast-growing, active organization that offers sponsorship and genuine support in the form of shows, classes, events and other instructional ventures. Membership is made up of visual artists, writers, sculptors, musicians, and performing artists and is open to all artists of the Gulf Coast that live, work or show in Hancock County, Mississippi.

President - Cynthia Mahner, 228-493-2852
Vice-President - Carolyn Busenlener,
Secretary - Judy Lee,
Board of directors: Charlie Cornelius, Martha Whitney Butler, Judy Lee, Kathy Holland, Cheryl Grace, Joan Coleman, Ellis Anderson

  • Members of the Arts, Hancock County welcome you! In an unprecedented occurrence The Arts coordinated with Mississippi Department of Transportation and Mississippi Arts Commission to select drawings for the Bay St. Louis Bridge Public Art Project. This series of 22 brass plaques rendered in low relief and placed on the new bridge has brought national attention and recognition to Bay St. Louis as a place of art.
  • The Arts helped the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce plan and execute the "BridgeFest" on May 17, 2008 to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of the opening of the new Bay St. Louis Bridge.
  • Thanks to the many volunteer groups from other cities, the Arts Coordinated juried shows in other parts of the country for member artists, including New Bedford, MA, New Harmony, IN, Doylestown, PA, Amherst, MA, Rome, GA, Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA and New York, NY.
  • The Arts worked with Kaboom! and the children of the community to help build and paint a mural at the Martin Luther King, Jr. park and playground.
  • The Arts installed motivating signs along the Hancock Medical Center fitness trail.
  • The Arts has recently begun an artist's critique group. This group meets monthly on Second Friday nights.
  • The Arts elected an entirely new board of directors and officers, and refined and defined our Mission Statement and Goals.

The Arts, Hancock County's success has been due largely to the partnerships it has developed with several entities, one of the most viable being that of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber office offers a gallery for member artists to display and sell their work.

The partnership between The Arts and the Pearl River Community College offers member artists another opportunity to display and sell their works at the Wave Gallery. The shows change on a bi-monthly basis allowing visitors and students a current sampling of the diversity of our local talent.

The Arts, Hancock County has also formed partnerships with the Hancock County Tourism and Development Bureau and the Hancock Library System. The Arts is developing partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Bay-Waveland School District and the Hancock County School District in order to ensure that future artists are grown locally.

For further information on The Arts, Hancock County, please contact us via email: