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Keep the Arts Alive Drive

Thank you to everyone that attended at MLK Day of Service 2011, hosted by the Greenville Arts Council and Greenville Renaissance Scholars at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center! As an extension of the service project, we are collecting art supply donations to give back to our public schools and arts partnership programs to enhance the classrooms of Western Line and Greenville Public School Districts as members of the Greenville Arts Partnership.

Art supplies are essential for our educators to successfully integrate the arts into their classrooms. The Greenville Arts Partnership works with teachers in grades K to 6, to demonstrate connections between arts programming and required state frameworks. The National School Supply and Equipment Association found that in the 2009-2010 school year, teachers spent on average $356 of their own money on supplies and resources, including an average of $170 on supplies and $186 on instructional materials. Your donation can help ease the financial burden on our educators while enhancing the learning environment of our public schools.

We have received full bags of supplies from our participants and hear that more is on the way! If you would like to make a donation, contact Megan Hines at the Art Council for more information at 662.332.2246

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.