Southaven Arts Council's mission is to serve our community as a catalyst for creating events, organizing fresh and creative programs, engaging under-served groups, and acting as a central agency for the collection and distribution of ideas
We have received our 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization status. 2019 is our Organizational Year. We have assembled a board of directors with diverse experience to help give this council the foundation to succeed. With a strong Mission, we are building a Strategic Plan that will take us into the future.
Kelly Adkins is a longtime advocate of the arts in DeSoto County. Through her involvement in DeSoto Arts Council, she has had a hand in everything from managing a gift shop to teaching a generation of young artists. Kelly also calls many local artists friends. She has lived in Southaven most of her life, and her family has deep roots in the area, spanning back over 200 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors. For over a decade, Kelly has been a Child Life volunteer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is also a familiar volunteer face at many events around DeSoto County, including the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s annual Crystal Ball. While Kelly has been fortunate to have been exposed to arts and culture all her life, she recognizes many people have not shared her experience. Her hope for Southaven Arts Council is for it to enable the arts to engage those previously unengaged and to encourage those already active in the arts.
Anna is from Coldwater MS, and moved to Southaven 16 years ago after marrying William Hill. She has been involved in theater with Desoto Family Theater, Kudzu Theater, and Northwest Community College on stage and behind the scenes. Anna is a licensed hairdresser and is involved with several animal rescue societies.
William Hill was born in Tippah County Mississippi, raised in Faulkner and Ripley. He is a retired printer and has served as a pastor and youth minister. William's artistic outlets are painting, writing poetry, and pet sitting. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Poetry Society of Tennessee and as chaplain and treasurer of the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference. He and his wife of 16 years, Anna, reside in Southaven.
Sheri Floyd has a background in Advertising & Marketing for many years before opening her first Paint Your Own Pottery studio in Florida in 2003. After moving to Mississippi years later, she married her husband Teddy, who is a Lieutenant at the Southaven Fire Department. She decided to open her second PYOP studio here in Southaven, Mississippi also called Pottery Haven. She was raised in Florida where some of her favorite times were spent with her Grandmother making ceramics & collecting sand dollars at the beach to paint them. She is a lover of all things creative--especially colorful and whimsical art & teaching others the joy of painting!
Vicky Neyman fancied herself an artist when she was 3 years old. Through the encouragement of her family and a brilliant high school art teacher, she developed her passion for creating art. Art took a back seat while she raised a family and focused on a career in "corporate world". After 25 years in the business world, Vicky returned to her art roots. She served as Executive Director of DeSoto Arts Council and Assistant Director of Olive Branch Arts Council. For many years, she has conducted inclusion art classes for special needs teens and adults.
Vicky is a Travel Consultant at North Mississippi Travel Consultants. She is active at Graceland Christian Church and a founding member of Gallery 12 Mississippi, a coterie of artists who exhibit throughout the MidSouth area. She currently resides in Olive Branch, Mississippi with her husband, 3 dogs and assorted grandchildren.
Board Member Ad Hoc
Writer and director Robb Rokk (aka Robb Smith) is the founder of Desoto Arts Institute where he teaches acting and all aspects of filmmaking. Robb’s mission is to provide exposure, education, and hands-on experience in the arts films to anyone and everyone interested – and to prove that great entertainment can be made without in-your-face agendas and shocking value. Robb’s films are written to be viewed by most of the family but sometimes contain themes such as suicide, sexual abuse, but told in a mild and interesting way.
DR. KEN SIPLEY
Board Member Ad Hoc
Dr. Sipley is the minister at Graceland Christian Church and retired Fine Arts Department Head at Northwest Community College Senatobia.
Graceland Christian Church supports the arts community by hosting weekly line and square dance groups, Starlight Singers' practice space, and the Southaven Arts Council office. Ken and his wife, Mary, lead the Startlight Singers community singing group.