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Imagination Conversation: Mississippi

On April 29th, our friends at the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education hosted Mississippi’s IMAGINATION CONVERSATION, at the brand new Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson, MS. The event was organized by the Lincoln Center Institute to inform American Education Policy, and was presented by MAAE as the Opening Ceremony for the Annual Arts Front and Center Forum, in partnership with the Kennedy Center and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

The Imagination Conversations, a project of Lincoln Center Institute and a part of the Lincoln Center 50 Years celebration, run from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2011. Many are hosted by state government, business, and cultural leaders. They feature diverse groups of panelists with distinctive perspectives and draw a wide range of audience members from the public and private sectors. Moderators facilitate the conversations, some of which reach viewers nationwide via live and archived streaming video.
This two-year initiative will culminate in America’s Imagination Summit, to be held at Lincoln Center in July 2011. More information on the Imagination Summit.

Betsy Bradley, Director, Mississippi Museum of Art served as the moderator for the Imagination Conversation, with the following panelists:

  • Johnny DuPree, Mayor, Hattiesburg
  • Dr. Lynn House, Deputy State Superintendent, Mississippi Department of Education
  • Nicole Marquez, dancer
  • Melissa Medley, Director, Communications and Marketing Division, Mississippi Development Authority
  • NunoErin (Nuno Goncalves Ferreira and Erin Hayne), design studio
  • Malcolm White, Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission
  • Philip Wright, Scoutreach Director, Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Watch Parts 1 and 2 of the Mississippi Imagination Conversation here:



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.

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