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Wow, those Washington School students are talented!

Established in 1923 by M.R. Robinson, who also founded Scholastic, Inc., The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is open to students in grades 7-12, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts.  The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition each year. Students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition each year.  More than 2,000 entries in a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, animation, textile fiber design, as well as art and photography portfolios are judged by a panel of judges over a course of several days. (via MMA)

Schools were notified about winners on January 10th and we are proud to announce that SEVEN students from Mrs. Tucker’s art class at Washington School were selected for this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards that will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art from February 4 – April 15th.

Congratulations to:

Abbigale Guidry—Silver Key for “Self Portrait,” mixed media

Abby Driggers—Honorable Mention, “Color Wheel With a Twist,” mixed media

Lewis Park—-Honorable Mention, “Drop by Drop,” watercolor

Mary Ashton Everitt—-Honorable Mention, “Self Portrait,” drawing

Joanna Richards—-Honorable Mention, “Self Portrait,” drawing

Sarah Lane—-Honorable Mention, “Baby Dragon,” sculpture

Ashley Dobbins—-Honorable Mention, “Self Portrait,” drawing

Learn more abut the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards on the Mississippi Museum of Art’s website.



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.