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Field Trip Feature – The Predators are here!

“Step into the world of Predators.  If you dare!”  The “Predators” Exhibit is officially here! From January 15th – April 15th, 
PreK-12th grade students have the chance to experience the world of predators up close and personal at the Greenville Mall.

The 2,400 sq. ft. self-contained educational hands-on exhibit offers audiences insight into the lives of some of the most dangerous animals that have ever inhabited our planet.  Visitors to the exhibition will explore how predators are equipped to fulfill their role in the natural world. Visitors can sharpen their wits through a variety of interactive activities that illustrate the similarities and differences between predators from around the globe and throughout history. “Predators” is an attraction to be enjoyed by the entire family and will interest to all age ranges and grade levels.

A teacher’s guide will be available to all interested educators, demonstrating classroom activities to connect to the Mississippi frameworks.

Are you in the Greenville Public or Western Line School District? Make sure to email Megan Hines (mhines@greenville-arts-council.com or 662-332-2246) to find out how your students can visit for free! To schedule a visit for your classroom or school, contact Predators Museum Director, Betty Coleman at 662-379-6987. Sponsored by Delta Children’s Museum

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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.