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New Arts in Education Coordinator

The Greenville Arts Council is excited to welcome our new Arts in Education Coordinator–Jasmine Hughes. A native of Greenwood, Jasmine’s background in the Arts and media began with her grandparents, radio pioneers Ruben & Maxine Hughes of Team Broadcasting, Inc. As a product of Piney Woods Country Life School and Tougaloo College (B.A. interdisciplinary Humanities & Mass Communication), Her rich Mississippi academic career has made her apt at assessing & addressing the needs of the community, and empathetic to the expressive yearnings of its youth and the need for arts integration. She received a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and has trained & performed extensively in both Los Angeles and New York City.  She  is a former Miss Tougaloo, a Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant semifinalist, an Operation Crossroads Africa international humanitarian, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a Mississippi Association Of Broadcasters Scholarship recipient she was a breakthrough radio personality at Jackson’s’ Big Station 99.7 WJMI.

“I have big shoes to fill here at GAC but I am more ecstatic than ever to hit the ground running, this is a dream job and an opportunity to use my background, my education, my passion, and my experience to make a difference for the children of the Delta as well as create beneficial and fruitful relationships with fine educators thru collaborative learning,” stated Hughes.

Hughes will oversee the Greenville Arts Partnership and educational programming at the Greenville Arts Council. The Greenville Arts Partnership is a collaboration between the Greenville Arts Council, Washington County Public School Districts and three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, focused on full arts integration in elementary schools. 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. As a member of the Kennedy Center Partner In Education, members of the Greenville Arts Partnership attend an Annual Meeting, and have access to high-quality professional development, current research in arts education and integration.

Currently, the Greenville Arts Council has formal partnerships with Greenville Public Schools and Western Line School District. The Arts Council is looking to expand into Leland Public School Fall of 2013.

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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.