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NOW OPEN: Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association 2012 National-Level Award Nomination

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association 2012 National-Level Award Nomination

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) are pleased to recognize a local School Board for outstanding support of the arts in education. This national award has been presented annually since 1989 to a School Board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district.
The KCAAEN and NSBA Award is presented at the annual national conference of the NSBA. The winning district receives a plaque and a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education programs.
All applications for the national-level KCAAEN and NSBA Award must be submitted by a State Alliance for Arts Education, a State School Boards Association, or through a joint submission from both of these organizations.
Following state-level review, each applicant must complete this national award form. State organizations are free to modify this form for state-level review.
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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.

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