The Mississippi Arts Commission has named Dr. Mark Malone, professor of music and coordinator of music education at William Carey University, as the project director for the “Two Hundred Years of Arts in Mississippi: A History” initiative.
“Two Hundred Years” focuses on the development of the arts in the state from its earliest days as a territory to the present, including achievements in music, dance, visual art, theatre, media art and folk art. The initiative started in August 2015 by seeking artifacts and information from the time period of 1699-1817. Ten project associates from the state’s five geographical regions were engaged to assist with the initiative.
The initiative is currently centered on early Native American activity and the first European settlers who established forts and villages along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River. Fort Maurepas, near what is now Ocean Springs, and Fort Rosalie in Natchez have received particular attention. Future segments for investigation include the time periods of 1817 to the Civil War, Reconstruction to 1900, 1900-1950, 1950-2000 and the 21st century.
The initiative is Malone’s third project with the arts commission. He previously directed a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce concerts of music by William Grant Still, a native Mississippian known as the dean of African-American composers. Malone was also the co-author of the “Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond” curriculum for teaching the history of the blues to elementary students.
Malone has served on the Carey faculty since 2006. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Rollins College. He served as a national officer for the American Choral Directors Association from 2000-2006 and was presented with the Ernestine Ferrell Award for Excellence in Choral Music by the Mississippi chapter in 2008. In 2013, Malone was recognized as one of the top 20 arts and humanities professors in Mississippi.
He is a frequent judge for choral assessment evaluations and show choir contests throughout the South and has acted in lead roles in “Oliver,” “Camelot,” “White Christmas” and “The Magic Flute.”