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The Greenville Arts Council is now accepting nominations for individuals, businesses, organizations and teachers who have had a positive impact on our community through the arts. AND we are even making it easier to nominate by creating an online nomination form! How great is that?

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2012. We look forward to receiving your nominations for Greenville Honors Its Own 2012. Want more information about GHIO 2012? Read more after the jump!

The Greenville Arts Council’s primary fundraising event, Greenville Honors Its Own is held in March.  For over 20 years, the Greenville Arts Council has honored artists with roots in Washington County who have made a significant contribution to the world of art and been recognized outside the Delta for his or her work.

These awards are an important part of the Greenville Arts Council’s mission to promote and support the arts in our area. Your input is critical to the continued success of this program. Please take some time to review the nomination packet while you nominate those you think are deserving of this special recognition.

This year’s GHIO is on Friday, March 23, 2012. Please return completed nomination forms to the Greenville Arts Council, 323 South Main Street, Greenville, MS 38701 or fax 662-332-9290 before February 1, 2012.  Click here for the online form. Please be sure to fill out all open fields. Want the PDF? Just click here for the printable copy! The PDF version also has a list of past winners and their awards.

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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.