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Upcoming Dance and Visual Arts Audition

From our Friends at the Mississippi School of the Arts


The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) will be holding additional auditions for both Dance and Visual Arts only May 26, 2011. Applications are due no later than May 13, 2011.  Students in the Dance program at MSA apply Ballet, Modern and Choreography to their daily routine. Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and Computer Arts are a few components students explore in the Visual Arts program. The process for admission includes application, audition and interview. Accepted students attend their Junior and Senior years at MSA. If you know of students currently in the 10th grade who might be interested in either Dance or Visual Arts please let them know about this one time opportunity. Applications are available on our website,, or by calling 601-823-1300.

MSA is a public statewide eleventh and twelfth grade residential high school located in Brookhaven, MS on the Historic Whitworth College campus. Annually, MSA enrolls approximately 145 students who meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum by receiving intensive instruction in dance, literary arts, theatre, visual arts and vocal music. The graduating class of 2010 received more than $2.6 million in college scholarship offers. Students interested in MSA apply their sophomore year. Qualified students attend an onsite audition process.

If the Mississippi School of the Arts interests your students, more information can be found online at or by calling 601-823-1300. Applications are available online or can be requested over the phone. Application deadline for the May audition is May 13, 2011. If you would like to arrange a time for me to visit and give a presentation please call 601-823-1300 or e-mail



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.