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First Annual Student Invitational Hours and Honorees

Congratulations to all the students who submitted artwork to participate in the First Annual Student Invitational! The Greenville Arts Council would like to say a BIG thank you to all the parents, teachers, principals, family members and students that joined us on Thursday to make the opening reception a success! The show is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-5 during regular business hours, if you were unable to attend last Thursday we hope to see you here soon. We would also like to congratulate the students whose artwork was honored:

Judge’s Choice K-2
Ethan McKnight, “Big City”
Riverside Elementary, 1st Grade

Judge’s Choice 3-5
Joshua Thomas, “Em Boyd”
Emma Boyd Elementary, 5th Grade

Judge’s Choice 6-8
Washington School 7th Grade Class, “Rhapsody in Cardboard”

Alexandria McCaskill, “Untitled”
Washington School, 8th Grade

Rodrick Williams, “Blue Happiness”
Solomon Middle School, 8th Grade

Stormy Gallaher, “Lunch”
Solomon Middle School, 8th Grade

Judge’s Choice High School
Rebecca Efrem, “Cusic”
St. Joseph Catholic High School, Senior

Honor of Merit
Katie Holbrook, “Paint Balloons”
Washington School, Senior

Best of Show
Lededi Chambers, “Billie Holiday”
St. Joseph Catholic High School, Senior



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.