For 30 years, the Greenville Arts Council has honored artists with roots in Washington County who have made a significant contribution to the world of art and have been recognized outside the Delta for their work. These awards are an important part of the Greenville Arts Council’s mission to promote and support the arts in the area.
The Arts in Education Award is given to an educator or group of educators who has enriched the lives of many with their support and enthusiasm for teaching, and love and knowledge of the arts. This year’s winner is O’Bannon Elementary School. In 2010, Western Line School District formally joined the Greenville Arts Partnership. The Greenville Arts Partnership is a collaboration between the Greenville Arts Council, Washington County Public School Districts and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, focused on full arts integration in elementary schools. Under the leadership of Superintendent Mr. Larry Green and Principal Ms. Sawanda Washington, O’Bannon Elementary fully embraced arts integration in their school setting. During the 2011-2012 school year, every child enrolled in the school participated in GAC sponsored programming, from their Grandparent’s Day program to Science Fun Day or by attending GAP sponsored plays or performances. The district was the first GAP partnership site to experience Family Reading Bonds, a 6-week program sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council that focuses on family reading and improved literacy. O’Bannon has been an outstanding and engaged part of the Greenville Arts Partnership. Mr. Green is the Superintendent of Western Line School District.
Greenville Honors Its Own is scheduled on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246. Along with reservations there are multiple sponsorship levels available. Funds raised at Greenville Honors Its Own help ensure that their programs are free or affordable and always accessible to everyone in Washington County Area.