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Arts Day at the Capitol

From our friends at MAC:

MAC invites you to join arts advocacy from across Mississippi on Tuesday, March 27th at 1:00 pm, for MAC’s annual “Day at the Capitol.” This special day for arts advocacy at our State Capitol is more important now that ever, because new leadership needs to understand the important role the arts play in their community.

We will have special performances all afternoon, including the state’s new Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, and special areas set up for Mississippi’s individual artists (visual, musicians and writers), arts organizations, and arts in education organizations to set up their printed materials to share with lawmakers.

Please contact Susan Dobbs, Public Relations Director with MAC to confirm your attendance. Don’t forget to contact your legislator before that day to set up an appointment with them during that time. To find out who represents you in the House and Senate, visit the MS Legislature website at http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Find some advocacy tips on MAC’s website at http://www.arts.state.ms.us/advocacy/index/php. If you need assistance or have any questions, contact Susan Dobbs at sdobbs@arts.state.ms.us. We hope you will join us as we “raise the roof” of the State Capitol on March 27th!

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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.