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America’s Imagination Summit

Remember the Imagination Conversation: Mississippi that we attended in May? Well, Dr. Penny Wallin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education will be attending America’s Imagination Summit in New York City as a representative of the state of Mississippi this week.

America’s Imagination Summit is the first national gathering on the place of imagination in education, will take between July 21 and 22, 2011, at Lincoln Center in New York City. Leaders from business, government, education, science, the arts, and other fields will commit to giving American students the skills they need for success in the 21st century: imagination, creativity, and innovation. Lincoln Center Institute, the educational arm of Lincoln Center and the event’s host, believes this diverse coalition is capable of influencing schools and bringing about education policy change.

Among the speakers and panelists at the Summit will be:

  • Kiran Bir Sethi, founder and director of the Riverside School in India;
  • Sir Ken Robinson, author and expert in field of creativity;
  • Sandra Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth;
  • Matthew Bishop, U.S. business editor, The Economist;
  • Deepak Chopra, founder, The Chopra Foundation;
  • Bruce Vaughn, chief creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering;
  • John Deasy, superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Honorable Judith Kaye, former chief judge of New York State;
  • Vice Admiral Michael Miller, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy;
  • Sade Baderinwa, co-anchor, WABC-TV, Eyewitness News;
  • Merryl Tisch, chancellor, New York State Board of Regents;
  • Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education;
  • Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO, Council on Competitiveness;
  • John Wilson, executive director, National Education Association;
  • Bill Moggridge,  director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum;
  • Tony DeRose, lead, Research Group, Pixar Studios;
  • Charles Segars, CEO, Ovation;
  • Cameron Sinclair, executive director and CEO, Architecture for Humanity; and
  • General Charles Wald, former deputy commander of the U.S. European Command.

To watch a live stream of this groundbreaking event, visit Follow the conversation on Twitter at #ImaginationSummit



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.