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Meet Stephanie Artz

Next fall the Greenville Arts Partnership will be hosting Professional Development on three different Saturdays, taught by Mississippi Teaching Artists that specialize in science, literacy, math and social science arts integration.

Stephanie Artz of Lake Village, Arkansas, will be hosting a Saturday workshop on integrating dance and yoga with math and social studies. Her lessons will align to the new social studies frameworks and will show educators how to use movement to help students express themselves while learning. Stephanie’s session will be Saturday, September 10th from 8 am to 3 pm.

Stephanie Artz was a ballet dancer in the Ballet Arts Ensemble in Nashua, New Hampshire from 1979-1984. She moved to New York City in 1990 adding modern and post modern dance to her training. She also teaches yoga, authentic movement, (Jungian-based contemplative movement practice), and contact improvisation (dance form utilizing partner contact and weight-sharing between two or more people). She is a certified Trager (movement re-education) Practitioner since 1994 and Usui Reiki Master (stress-reducing technique) since 2001. She lives in Arkansas with her husband Mark Howell, Director of Winterville Mounds Park and Museum in Greenville, MS and New York City where she continues to teach and perform. She offers classes for K-12 in dance, movement, partnering, and authentic movement tied to curriculum including but not limited to life sciences, creative writing, poetry, history and mathematics. She also conducts teacher’s workshops on how to integrate physical movement into classroom lessons. ((from the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Artist Roster)




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.