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Welcome to 2013!

Happy New Year from the Greenville Arts Partnership! We can’t believe it’s already 2013 – 2012 flew by! This year we have a lot to look forward to and we have some great New Year resolutions…

  1. Blogging every day! We started this in 2012 and want to keep it up! We think it has been a great way to provide transparency about our programming and hope you enjoy visiting the site every day!
  2. Expand the Greenville Arts Partnership! This year we would like to begin working with other Washington County school districts to introduce them to arts integration. We are so happy with the excitement of our partnership school teachers and administrators and want to start to spread the love to other elementary schools in the area.
  3. Telling our Story! A huge focus of this year will be telling our story – we are very proud of our work with our school partners and want to work to tell our story better to the community. We have some ideas about how we’re going to do this and would love your suggestions!
  4. Collaborate with State Partners! Did you know that last spring the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland joined us in the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education (PIE) Program? The PIE sites across the state have been working behind the scenes over the last 6 months to align our programming with each other and the Mississippi Arts Commission and this will be a huge focus of 2013.

We can’t wait to get started this year! What are your resolutions for arts integration this year? Please share in the comments!

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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.