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Meet Our Friends at MAC!

Meet our friends at the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)! In 1968, the Mississippi Legislature created the Mississippi Arts Commission as the official grants-making and service agency for the arts. Since then the Commission has broadened its role as an active supporter and promoter of the arts in community life and arts education.

MAC operates both an administrative side and a programmatic side. The administrative side consists of the executive and deputy directors, the fiscal officer, the systems administrator, the public relations director and the executive assistant. The programmatic side consists of directors over the following areas: Arts-Based Community Development, Arts in Education, Arts Industry, Heritage, Whole Schools Initiative and Grants and Special Initiatives.

MAC offers Arts in Education Program’s grants, services and initiatives, students pre-K through 12th grade receive a quality education that includes the arts. Grant opportunities include:

  • Minigrants
  • Project Grants
  • Arts in the Classroom
  • Core Arts Initiative

The Commission publishes an annual Teaching Artist Roser, which creates opportunities for artists and arts educators to work directly with educators and administrators training them to use their arts discipline in a classroom or other setting. (Next year, the Greenville Arts Partnership will be hosting three different teaching artists, check back for registration information!) MAC also offers several statewide programs to students, including Poetry Out Loud, Link Up, and Museum on Wheels.

Learn more about the Mississippi Arts Commission on their website, http://www.arts.state.ms.us/

(reblogged from the MAC website)

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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.