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See you in DC!

It’s the big week! That’s right, we’re finally on our way to the Kennedy Center Partner in Education Annual Meeting in Washington D.C!

As a Kennedy Center Partner In Education Program, each year representatives from our partnership team (which includes Greenville Public and Western Line School Districts) meet in Washington D.C. to learn about similar programs all over the country. What’s in store for this year?

  • Multiple keynote addresses by such speakers as professional futurist Garry Golden, education policy analyst Diane Ravitch, and PostSecret creator Frank Warren;
  • An interview with Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser;
  • Sessions with such presenters as Grantmakers in the Arts executive director Janet Brown, arts education consultant Deborah Brzoska, Douglas Gould and Company principal Jennifer Hahn, education consultant Lynne Silverstein, and others;
  • A performance at the Kennedy Center by Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (one performance ticket is included with each registration!); and
  • Many opportunities to share with and learn from Partnership Team Members from across the country.

Can you see why we’re excited? If you’re planning on attending leave us a comment! Travel to this conference was supported by a minigrant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi state agency for the arts.

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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.