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Partners in Education 2011-2013

The Greenville Arts Partnership is a formal partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, Greenville Public School District and Western Line School District that uses arts integration in elementary school classrooms to make connections across the curriculum. Our partnership was welcomed into the Kennedy Center’s Partner in Education program in 2003 and every two years we work to realign our partnership goals.

Now in the second phase of our partnership, we focus on Basic Professional Development Experiences for Teachers and Professional Development for Teachers Focused on Performances for Students. That means that GAP members engage in planning, presenting and evaluating professional development workshops for teachers. Events may include either arts integrated or arts discipline-specific workshops. Additionally, GAP offers professional development for teachers to help them prepare students to learn from attendance at live performances. Professional development may include such things as workshops, performance guides and online resources.

As our partnership continues to move forward, we want to make sure that we are transparent about our programming goals and objectives, so we wanted to provide an overview of our goals for 2011-2013:

  1. Communication, participation and attendance between all three partner representatives and/or organizations will increase annually.
  2. GAC will work in collaboration with both GPSD and WLSD to make relevant arts integration resources and experiences more widely available to educators based on teacher, school or district needs.
  3. The partnership will continue to develop a strong presence in the school systems and community at large.
  4. The Greenville Arts Partnership will form an advisory team, consisting of representatives from each organization and their respective governing boards (GAC Board of Directors and GPSD/WLSD School Boards).
  5. Stakeholders from each of the three partner organizations and the larger Washington County community will be made increasingly aware of programming, professional development, and arts opportunities offered through GAP.
  6. GAC will develop and implement tools for the partnership that will be used long-term to ensure consistency of data collection and program sustainability.

Want to learn more? Contact Megan Hines (mhines@greenville-arts-council.com) or call the GAC office 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.