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Meet the Judges: Jolivette J. Anderson-Douoning

We’re getting excited that Poetry Out Loud is right around the corner! To lead up to the competition next week, we will be featuring a biography of each of the three judges, information about the poems being presented, and the history of Poetry Out Loud. Read more about POL judge Jolivette J. Anderson-Douoning after the jump!

Meet Jolivette J. Anderson-Douoning

A native of Shreveport, La., Jolivette Anderson-Douoning earned her bachelor’s degree in speech/theater from Louisiana Tech University and her master’s degree in humanities/liberal studies from Grambling State University. Anderson-Douoning spent 10 years in Mississippi as an artist, community organizer and activist before coming to Purdue.

Anderson-Douoning designed and implemented a cultural identity curriculum called the D. Ciphers Language Migration: Explorations in Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking in response to the needs of African-American public school students. The program is active at Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss. She has conducted mini-workshops of the curriculum in the Caribbean, England, Central America and in schools and universities throughout the United States. Anderson-Douoning has been a facilitator of the nationally recognized Young People’s Project Reading, Writing Workshop; a coordinator for the Algebra Project and is a current member of the Algebra Project’s quality education committee.

Anderson-Douoning is a former producer of the Mississippi Cipher Poetry Radio Show on WMPR-FM in Jackson, Miss., Mississippi Vibes Open Mic Poetry Set, and Sister Talk of Jackson. She has opened concerts for Patti LaBelle and Brian McKnight and has been heard on PBS Continental Harmonies Series, Public Radio International, and on National Public Radio as narrator for the race and terrorism documentary “American as Apple Pie: How Terrorism Lost in America.” She has worked with elders of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement, including Rosa Parks, Bob Moses, Kalamu ya Salaam, Haki Madhubuti and The Last Poets.

She considers herself to be a bridge between the traditions and legacies of the Civil Rights Movement and the current generation of young people. She is author and publisher of a poetry book and three spoken word CDs. Anderson-Douoning was featured in Upscale Magazine in 2001 and in Marie Claire Magazine’s UK Edition in 2002. Anderson-Douoning currently works as a Cultural Liaison & Program Specialist at Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center.

via Purdue University Black Cultural Center



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.