The Whole Schools Initiative

Welcome to Whole Schools!

Mississippi Whole Schools, Mississippi’s first comprehensive statewide arts education program, uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. This unique program goes far beyond “art for art’s sake” and applies the learning power of the arts across the entire curriculum. Learn more about Mississippi Whole Schools


A Special Message Regarding Summer Institute 2020


Mississippi Whole Schools Educators, Community Partners, Artists, and Friends,


As people around the globe feel the impact of COVID-19, individuals, businesses, institutions and organizations are scrambling to find ways to cope and thrive within the challenges of our new normal. Even in this difficult time, we are encouraged by the positive happenings across our state and nation as individuals and organizations continue to find innovative and creative ways to support and encourage each other.


In an effort to keep all involved with Mississippi Whole Schools healthy and safe, MWS Summer Institute 2020 will not be held as planned, which is to say as a “live” conference. For more than 20 years, the Mississippi Arts Commission has presented this conference as an immersive professional development experience, and we are saddened that the event will not go on as planned. Regardless, our commitment to our friends and partners remains strong, and we instead plan to offer a series of live, professional development webinars during the time in which the 'live' conference was scheduled.  


We are excited about the creative possibilities unfolding for this newly virtual experience. We have been soliciting information through surveys, emails, and phone calls as we examine creative ways to continue to serve and support our community.


We ask for your patience as we, like so many others at this time, make a significant pivot from our original plans. We will keep you updated as our efforts materialize. 


Stay healthy and safe, friends.




Charlotte Smelser

Arts Education Director

Mississippi Arts Commission


WSI News: Save the Date!

Save the Date!

The MWS Summer Institute will take place as a series of live professional development webinars June 16-23, 2020!

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