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Linda Whittington (MS)
Linda Whittington has worked in nonprofit arts administration since 1986. Since 2001, she has served as Executive Director for Communities in Schools (CIS) of Greenwood Leflore, Inc., in Greenwood, MS. In that position, she has expanded CIS's focus from afterschool tutorial programs to include arts/humanities strategies to impact and engage area youth, and has expanded its area of service from youth in Leflore County to youth statewide, focusing on juveniles involved in the court system. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Whittington was Field Advisor for the Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Initiative, which involves implementing a statewide school curriculum based on the arts. From 1995 to 2000, she was Executive Director of the South Arkansas Arts Center, where she expanded arts-in-education programs from one to five school districts and created artists' residencies in juvenile drug rehabilitation facilities. Ms. Whittington and CIS received the Mississippi Humanities Council 2004 Annual Award for leadership in developing cultural plans for towns in the Delta. In 2005, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education recognized Whittington's leadership in arts and education programming and honored CIS as the Distinguished Arts Agency for 2005. In 2006 Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour appointed her to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice where she continues to serve. Ms. Whittington was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2006. Her House committee assignments are education, public health and human services, juvenile justice, corrections, and agriculture. Among bills she has authored and passed is a bill that aligned Mississippi juvenile justice laws with Federal law.

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