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Saturday Teaching Artist Workshop Series – Annie B. McKee November 10

They’re back! Last year we introduced Mississippi Teaching Artist Saturday workshops and we are excited to announce this year’s line up! This school year we are hosting 4 teaching artists – 2 in the fall and 2 in the spring. Registration is FREE for all Greenville Public and Western Line teachers and administrators or $60 for the general public. 0.6 CEU credits are available per workshop to participants for $15 (checks made payable to Delta State University), all paperwork will be available on site.

Annie B. McKee – Storytelling, Social Studies and Common Core
Saturday, November 10, 8 AM – 3 PM
E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center (323 South Main Street, Greenville MS)
Annie B. McKee represents the state’s heritage in her role as a storyteller, author, public speaker, humorist, and creator of historic literary performance events. Ms. McKee is the author of Historic Photos of Mississippi, which documents the rich history of the state. Ms. McKee has written several short plays for children featuring Mississippi historic artists including Jim Henson, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Robert Johnson, and Elvis – teaching the struggles and accomplishments of each artist. Ms. McKee’s workshop will explore storytelling in connection to Social Studies and Common Core State Standards for both literary and informational text. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. Reserve your spot at


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.