The Whole Schools Initiative

Other Opportunities

Partnerships continue to be a mainstay of the Whole Schools Initiative affording opportunities for training and events that might otherwise not be possible.

Moving Toward the Art of Good Health

Through past support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Moving Toward the Art of Good Health participated in ten schools throughout Mississippi from Potts Camp to Pass Christian. Ballroom dance and social etiquette were integrated into their regular physical education classes as a supplemental curriculum. Registered 6th grade PE teachers received orientation and training in the summer with subsequent training in the fall and a final workshop in the winter.

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Link Up

Link Up, a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute music education program now in its eighth season, pairs orchestras with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students explore a core musical concept in specific symphonic works through listening, singing, playing the recorder, and composing. The year-long program culminates with an interactive orchestra concert in which student perform prepared vocal and instrumental repertoire selections and share some of their creative work.

The unique collaboration between MAC, Carnegie Hall, and orchestras across Mississippi, provides standards-based curriculum to the school district and enables orchestras to expand their current education programs and strengthen relationships with their surrounding schools and community.

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For information on how your school can participate, contact Link Up Coordinator, Elaine Peterson at bassoondoctor@gmail.com

The Mississippi Blues Trail

The Mississippi Blues Trail marks locations throughout Mississippi and some surrounding states as well, honoring blues artists who have made their mark in music, culture and history. At each destination the markers relay to visitors the stories of the artists, and what influenced them to become the blues pioneers that we know today.

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Be sure to check the Mississippi Arts Commission website for other opportunities in training and events. The homepage always features the latest news and happenings.

VSA Program:  Trio of Successful Components

Modeling the Kennedy Center's VSA Program goals, we offer a diverse and comprehensive range of professional development opportunities that will work to address needs in self-contained Special Education classrooms for Teaching Artists, Fine Arts Specialists, and Special Education teachers.  Training, planning and implementation will guide specialized arts integrated lesson planning for the special education classroom to deepen learning and improve student performance.
This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.