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ARTSEDGE: Cultural Connections

This week’s featured lesson from ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center’s educational media site, explores how using different art forms can assist building connections to social sciences and cultural studies. This is an extra exciting feature because this fall Mississippi Teaching Artist Stephanie Artz will be presenting workshop on Saturday, August 20th that will demonstrate how to use dance and movement to connect to social sciences. Check out some of their other Fact Sheets on their How To section.

Bring the Culture in! Celebrate the unique heritage of your students by bringing the arts into your classroom’s observances of cultural heritage months.

  1. Music Learn songs from the cultures you’re celebrating, listen to representative music, or study composers and musicians from the target cultures.
  2. Dance Watch and try traditional dance forms from the cultures you’re teaching. Learn about the histories and significance of the dance forms, and discover the ways in which they have enriched the culture in which we live.
  3. Visual Arts Research artists from the culture you are celebrating and introduce them to your students. Adapt a traditional art form for a classroom art project.
  4. Theater Look into the theater traditions of the featured culture. Note how a culture’s heritage is reflected in their dramatic writings, stage productions, and acting techniques.
  5. Literature Read traditional or modern literature from the culture you are celebrating. Perform selected works in a month-end festival.


The arts can enrich heritage month studies and broaden your students’ understanding of the variety of cultures that make up our nation.

via ARTSEDGE: Cultural Connections.



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.