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Happy National Arts in Education Week!

In July 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring the week following the second Sunday of September as Arts in Education Week to draw attention to arts education in schools, and to build momentum for a great remainder of the school year.In honor of the 2012 National Arts in Education Week, the Greenville Arts Council will host a week full of events to promote and support arts in education programming within the Washington County community.

Monday Sept. 10th – WXVT Morning/Evening appearance discussing Arts in Ed Week happenings and the importance of arts in education programming

Tuesday Sept 11th – VISTA will lead 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance project with Veterans @ Magnolia Gardens Nursing Home (partnering with 4-H Club at O’Bannon Elementary) 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday Sept 12th –Presentation of gifts of appreciation to district art teachers

Thursday Sept 13th

  • ·         Delta Symphony Association will host A Jazz Tribute to the Blues featuring Alphonso Sanders @ Jake & Frieda Stein Hall, 10:00 a.m.
  • ·         Sweet CeCe’s Fundraiser (Noon – 9:00 p.m.) 20% of sales go towards GAC’s Greenville Arts Partnership (GAP). The Greenville Arts Partnership serves public school children and educators in Washington County, and is a proud member of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Partner in Education Program.

Friday Sept 14th – Dick Blick Fundraiser Ends (Money being raised for puppet making supplies) Check out the website!

If you would like more information on National Arts in Education Week or the Greenville Arts Partnership, please contact Megan Hines, Arts in Education Coordinator of the Greenville Arts Council at (662)332-2246 or If you would like more information about the AmeriCorps*VISTA program, please contact Angela Eustache, AmeriCorps*VISTA member of the Greenville Arts Council at (662)332-2246 or visit




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.