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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Here at the Greenville Arts Council we are excited about big things to come this year. This month we will be working on our resolutions and goals for the next 5 years but we’ve got a couple to kick off 2012!

  1. Blogging everyday! That’s right, one of our goals of this year is to provide daily updates on grants, education articles, and our programming to make sure we are providing better and more transparent communication to our community stakeholders.
  2. More pictures! We are going to commit to taking pictures of our school based and special programming at GAC to put some faces with our activities. We have a Flickr account that will be frequently updated this year.
  3. Lights, Camera, Action! Expect more movies from us this year! Last year we tested out our own YouTube channel (we have 33 videos!) and this year we will expand the types of videos to highlight programs, artists, and upcoming events.
  4. Resources Galore! As we continue to expand our presence in our area classrooms, we are making a commitment to adding resources to our GAP blog. Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of new resources this spring!

What are your goals and resolutions this year? We’re ready to get the 2012 ball rolling!



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.