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Looking for a Spring Break Project?

The Greenville Arts Council is excited to announce that we will be hosting 35 students from the College of St. Scholastica on an alternative spring break trips tomorrow. This group is the final of three different groups of college students (40 students each) from the service organization Students Today Leaders Forever will be making Greenville and the Greenville Arts Council/E.E. Bass a stop on the Pay It Forward Tour, where they will be participating in a variety of four hour long service projects. To date, the group has had nearly 9,500 volunteers and has provided over 115,000 hours of community service across the county.

The group of students will be staying at E.E. Bass overnight this evening prior to their service project tomorrow from 9 am to noon. The service project is open to any interested participants in the community, local groups working with middle or high-school aged students are encouraged to attend the event for the opportunity to have their students meet and interact with college students from a different part of the country. Service hours will be documented for all those that participate.
Projects will include painting, working in the Greenville Renaissance Scholars community garden, organizing costumes with Delta Center Stage, and cleaning the Greenville Arts Council’s pottery room. To learn more, call Megan at the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246.



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.