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And the winners are….

Congratulations to all students selected to participate in the Second Annual Student Invitational! The exhibit opened last night, Thursday, April 12, and will be on display through Thursday, May 17 at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center in Greenville. This exhibit features the talent and artistic ability of over 250 students from the greater Greenville community and provides them the unique opportunity to have their work displayed in the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center.

Local resident artist, Kathy Davis Day, served as the juror of our exhibition. She identified the award winners from the assembled works in five different age categories, including High School, Grades 6-8, Grades 4-5, Grades 1-3 and Grades Pre-K-K.

Congratulations to the Award Winners:

Pre-K – Kindergarten

  • John Oliver – Judge’s Choice Pre-K – K
    Washington School, Grade K5
  • Cruz Longoria – Pre-K – K Honor of Merit
    Greenville Christian School, Grade K5
  • Reginald Champion – Pre-K – K Honor of Merit
    O’Bannon Elementary, Kindergarten

1st – 3rd

  • Ellie Zepponi – 1-3 Judge’s Choice
    Washington School, Grade 2
  • Ladasia O’Neal – 1-3 Honor of Merit
    Stern Elementary School, Grade 3
  • Lizzie Skelton – 1-3 Honor of Merit
    Washington School, Grade 2

4th – 5th

  • Joshua Seid – 4-5 Judge’s Choice
    Stern Elementary, Grade 5
  • Cornelius Louis – 4-5 Honor of Merit
    Greenville Christian School, Grade 5
  • Cort Deloach – 4-5 Honor of Merit
    Washington School, Grade 5

6th – 8th

  • D’Andre Dyer – 6-8 Judge’s Choice
    Coleman Middle School, Grade 8
  • Abby Driggers – 6-8 Honor of Merit
    Washington School, Grade 7
  • Miranda Johnson – 6-8 Honor of Merit
    Washington School, Grade 7

High School

  • Katie Bell – High School Best of Show
    Washington School, Grade 9
  • Caroline Mansour – Judge’s Choice High School
    St. Joseph Catholic High School, Grade 10
  • Amber Tajkowski – High School Honor of Merit
    Riverside High School, Grade 10
  • Will Dean – High School Honor of Merit
    Washington School, Grade 11


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.