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CEU Workshop: January 30th!

GPSD K-5th Teachers: Join us for an awesome workshop where you’ll get to learn the basics of West African drumming, watch an enthralling Djembe drumming and storytelling demonstration, and learn about hands-on arts methods you can use to improve your students’ literacy and comprehension of subject matter through African art, literature, and music! Mississippi Teaching Artist Jerry Jenkins will be our presenter.

This free workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (this includes 5 hours of training plus breaks and lunch) on Saturday, January 30th, at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. Participants may pay a fee of $15 for 0.5 CEU credits upon completing the training. Lunch will be provided!

If you have any questions or would like to register for the workshop, call the Greenville Arts Council at 662-332-2246, or email Lesedi Chambers at

Invite your teacher friends and come have fun while earning CEU credits!


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.