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Support our general operations!

Help us build a community through art.

$31,265 raised

$150,000 goal


Build a strong, creative, connected community through art.

The Starkville Area Arts Council was formed in 1996 after a group of art-loving citizens got together and held a small arts festival near downtown Starkville. That small festival evolved into the Cotton District Arts Festival - one of the largest public art festivals in the South. Over the years, SAAC has grown, developing other programs and events to continue building an arts community in the Starkville area.

Now, more than 20 years later, the Starkville Area Arts Council sponsors the Cotton District Arts Festival, runs various outreach programs, and awards almost $25,000 each year in grants and scholarships throughout Starkville and Oktibbeha County in its mission to build a strong, creative, connected community through the arts. SAAC appreciates the support of the City of Starkville and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Oktibbeha County, National Endowment for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Development Authority, Del Rendon Foundation, 4-County Electric Foundation, ATMOS Energy, and various local businesses and individuals.

Want to provide sustaining support for longevity? Pledge $1,000 and become a SAAC Patron! Patrons create a foundation of impact that sustains arts programming in Oktibbeha County. For more details, please contact Executive Director John Bateman at or 662.324.3080.