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Congratulations to EVERYONE in the Student Invitational!

What a fabulous opening for our Annual Student Exhibit-There are 302 works from 10 different schools in Greenville, private, public and parochial! Thank you to Elizabeth Harris for serving as the guest juror for the show. Did you miss the opening? The exhibit will remain up until the first week in May Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM and during carousel hours on Saturdays from 3-5 PM. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and students that helped submit work-what a great colorful exhibit!

Pre-K-2nd Grade Judge’s Choice:
Keeton Murell, 1st grade, Washington School
Amelia Vaught, 2nd grade, Washington School
Warner Brown, Pre-K3, Washington School

3rd-5th Grade Judge’s Choice:
Mary Mahalitc, 5th grade, Our Lady of Lourdes
Donovan Lewis, 3rd grade, Our Lady of Lourdes
Peyton Melton, 4th grade, Washington School

6th-8th Grade Judge’s Choice:
Heather Bleeo, 6th grade, Washington School
Stephanie Bleeo, 7th grade, Washington School
Ann Hunter, 6th grade, Our Lady of Lourdes

High School Judge’s Choice:
Chambers Mansour, 9th grade, St. Joseph Catholic High School
Tiara Sykes, 11th grade, St. Joseph Catholic High School

Merit Award:
Destiny Stevens, 11th, St. Joseph Catholic High School

Best of Show:
Meagan Signa, 12th, St. Joseph Catholic High School
Yasmine Poe, 12th, St. Joseph Catholic High School


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.