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Field Trip Feature: Daughters of the Delta Exhibit

7th Grade Students from Washington School vist the Daughters of the Delta Exhibit on January 20th

From January 13 – February 17th, the Greenville Arts Council will be exhibiting work by three different Greenville natives in the Rodger D. Malkin Gallery. What does this mean for you? Field trip opportunities galore! This exhibit showcases three female painters from the Delta; Katie Virden Byrd, Elizabeth Barenis and Shelby Hall Nunnery. This Gallery Guide was designed to help you and your students not only prepare for your upcoming field trip to see the Daughters of the Delta Exhibition, but to extend this arts experience throughout your curriculum. We have taken special care to point out connections to specific competencies with the lesson outlined in this packet. We can make custom field trips for your class or school, Monday – Friday while the exhibit is hanging.

Interested in having your students participate in an art lesson while they’re here? We can coordinate that for FREE for our partnership schools or for $5 per student for any schools in the area interested in attending!

Want to know how it will fit your classroom? We will have a Daughters of the Delta Gallery Guide that shows provides example lessons to make direct connections to the Mississippi Frameworks for teaching. Interested in scheduling a field trip for your class? Contact Megan Hines at the Greenville Arts Council by email or at 662-332-2246.

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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.