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NEW!

What better way to start a Thursday morning than to announce that there are ALL sorts of new things up on our site today!

  • New categories! We’ve been posting a lot of information lately about grant opportunities, upcoming classes and news from our state and national friends. To make our site a little easier to navigate we’ve added a new search tool on the right side of your page that says “Categories” and allows you to easily separate out the goods your looking for. We also created three new categories: Grant Opportunities, Mississippi Art News, and GAC Classes.
  • Surveys! You might have noticed that one of today’s posts was a survey about what kinds of CEU art classes you would like us offer this school year. We take your opinion very seriously and will be posting surveys on our site on a regular basis this fall.
  • Fall Field Trips! That’s right folks, all of our fall field trips are now up on our Arts Experiences page. Don’t forget that field trips to the Armitage Herschell Carousel and the Rodger D. Malkin Gallery are designed to fit YOUR schedule and can be done Monday-Friday.
  • Professional Development! We’ve been giving you sneak peeks of information about professional development this fall and now the full calendars for both Greenville Public and Western Line School Districts are up on our Professional Development page.

Have any other ideas for things you want us to add to our site? Leave a comment and let us know!

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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.