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Leland Frog Festival of the Arts: Annual Art Competition now accepting entries!


The Leland Frog Fest Art Committee would like to invite your children 4K through 12th grade to participate in our annual Art Competition.

This year’s suggested themes are “The Muppets Visit Mississippi” and “It’s Easy Being Green.”  Submissions are not limited to these themes.  All artwork will be considered for the overall competition.  The overall winners will be announced during Leland Frog Fest at 3:00 p.m. The school winners will be displayed at The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit on Saturday, October 26 and at The Leland Progress on November 7 during the book signing of Jim Henson, The Biography by author Brian Jay Jones from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Please see the  Guidelines for the Art Competition below. We look forward to your participation and cannot wait to see the beautiful works of art developed from the imaginations of the children of the Mississippi Delta.

You can visit the website for updates and festival information.

No entries will be returned, but can be picked up at The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit after November 15

Guidelines for the Leland Frog Fest Annual Art Competition

 4K – 12th Grade

Artwork: Entries should be any work that can be wall-hung and should not be larger than 8 ½” x 11”. All media is acceptable.

Material: Each work should be matted or mounted on poster board or the equivalent in weight not larger than 11”x14”, creating a border on all sides of the work. Colored poster board is acceptable. (This size is the result of cutting a piece of poster board into four equal pieces.)

Judging: Entries will be judged on the basis of: Originality, Creativity and Artistic Design.

Labeling: On a plain white index card include the following information: Student’s Name, Age, Address, Telephone Number, School, Teacher, Grade and Title of the Work, and should be placed in an envelope.  The envelope should be attached to the back lower right hand corner of the entry.    The outside of the envelope should contain the title of the work and the student’s grade only.

Deadline: Each school representative must deliver the winning school entries (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention) from each division to The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit located at the corner of Deer Creek Drive and Hwy 82 in Leland before October 10. If there is more than one section for the division (i.e. Five sections for 3rd Grade & Five sections for 4th Grade), those sections should be combined to produce (4) winning entries.

There will be 6 Divisions for judging as follows:

4K-K:   Division I                          

1st – 2nd:  Division II                         

3rd  – 4th:  Division III

5th – 6th:  Division IV                          

7th – 9th:  Division V                          

10th – 12th:  Division VI

All works should be submitted by a School, Daycare Center, Mom’s Morning Out Program, Home School Association, or other learning group and should be original artwork by the student without adult help.

All winning entries (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention) will be displayed.

Please contact  Ashley Zepponi with any questions at:


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.