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Dream Big! Althea Jerome and Kathryn Lewis Saturday CEU Workshop

Teaching Artists Althea Jerome and Kathryn Lewis will be presenting a FREE 6 hour Professional Development on Saturday, February 9th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center for educators in Greenville Public School District; non-GAP educators can attend the workshop for $60. CEU credits are available for all interested participants for an additional $15 (checks made payable to Delta State University).

Althea Jerome and Kathryn Lewis have traveled all over the state of Mississippi to present their workshops and both have been formally trained as teaching artists by the Kennedy Center. Althea was recognized as the 2012 recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Arts in Education and Kathryn has been announced as a 2013 Governor’s Award recipient. Althea and Kathryn will present their workshop called Dream Big! that focuses on creating a thematic unit around civil rights movement using theatre, music, social studies and English/Language Arts. Teachers enrolled in the workshop will have the opportunity to experience a model lesson the day prior at their school site, where Althea and Kathryn will work directly with the students to present a lesson that aligns to the workshop they will exhibit the following day.

Pre-registration is required to attend, RSVP online at

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 


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.