RIDGELAND, Miss. – April 18, 2017 – Butler Snow attorney Stephen C. Edds has been named chairman of the Mississippi Arts Commission. The Commission, made up of fifteen governor appointed members, serves as the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi.
“Steve’s passion for the arts is well known throughout the firm and the state,” said Donald Clark, Jr., Chairman, Butler Snow. “We know that he will serve as an effective and positive leader of the Commission.”
The Mississippi Legislature created the Mississippi Arts Commission in 1968 as a catalyst for private support of the arts. To serve as a catalyst for arts development at the local level, the Commission fosters networks of local leaders, artists of all disciplines, arts volunteers and patrons; consults on community arts development, performing, visual and literary arts, folk arts, and arts education; provides training in arts management, arts education planning, arts facilities planning and communitywide cultural planning; and promotes broad-based public awareness of the importance of the arts in education and community life.
The Commission is funded by the state and also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. With these funds, the Commission provides financial support in the form of grants for eligible art programs and for the work of individual artists.
Edds joined Butler Snow’s public finance group in 2016 and focuses his practice on public finance, tax credits, economic development and tax. He also serves as the Chairman of the Mississippi Tort Claims Board, is Vice Chairman of the Mississippi Museum of Art and is a member of the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees. He is the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s standing committee for the Silver Gavel Awards and is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Public Education. Edds has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Public Finance Law, Project Finance Law, Government Relations Practice, Economic Development Law and Municipal Law. He has been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Corporate/Commercial Lawyer since 2007 and has also been named in Mid-South Super Lawyers®. Edds completed his undergraduate education and Juris Doctor at the University of Mississippi.