Our Commitment to Arts Education:

The Bologna Performing Arts Center is dedicated to providing exceptional artistic and educational opportunities to children in the Mississippi Delta region. Through our affiliation with Delta State University, we are able to offer a variety of programming to suit the needs of local families, school children, and educators. Each year, we work to engage children and community members in a number of different programming initiatives with local and state arts organizations. Please explore all of our arts education offerings to learn just what BPAC Arts Education can offer you and your family!

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School-Time Matinee Series

One of our on-going arts education initiatives is the School-Time Matinee Series. Each year, we welcome approximately 10,000 children from PreK-12th grade, showcasing performances on the BPAC mainstage for younger audiences. We are now accepting ticket orders for the 2019-2020 season! Through our scholarship ticket programs sponsored by Double Quick Inc., the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, and the Community Foundation of Washington County, we are able to provide a number of rural school districts with $1 tickets to our matinee shows. We also work with Delta State University Admissions to provide access to campus tours for middle and high school audiences who attend our performances.

Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It

Our Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Delta Arts Alliance supplements the performing arts experience with a music workshop or fine arts craft, and will continue for the 2019-2020 season. Students who attend School-Time Matinee Performances will be eligible for reduced price copies of books on which the performances are based and participation in performance-themed workshops led by teaching artists from the Delta Arts Alliance and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi! This year, we will have books available for four different performances. These books are acceptable for multiple age ranges, from preK kids all the way through middle school readers. The performances will likewise be supplemented with study guides available for free download on our School-Time Matinee Series page. Please see below for a brief description and the recommended age ranges for the arts education workshops.

2019-2020 Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It Arts Workshops

Two workshops will be offered on the day of the performance. If students are attending the 9:30 show, they are invited to book our 11:15 a.m. workshop. If students are attending the 11:30 a.m. performance, they are invited to book our 10 a.m. workshop. Once you book your workshop experience and final numbers are confirmed, you will receive an individualized itinerary approximately one week before the performance and workshop date.

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. 

Rosa Parks used her voice by refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Examining moments in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, students will learn about the songs that became synonymous with civil rights and how music still gives people a voice today.

Grammy Museum Mississippi’s Right to Write: Music’s Journey to Freedom Workshop is the exploration and examination of important moments in the Civil Rights movement that inflicted change not only in the south but all around the world. This educational presentation gives insight on how songs that became synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement gave people of color a voice to stand up and be heard. This workshop displays how songs of hope gave individuals a voice and still gives people a voice today.

A movement workshop with choreographers from the Delta Arts Alliance will follow the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi workshop. Recommended for upper elementary through middle school (5th-8th) grades.

Rosa Parks: My Story books available for $1! Recommended reading level: 3rd-8th

The Snowy Day 

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Learn about weather phenomena in this exciting visual arts workshop, led by teaching artists from the Delta Arts Alliance. Recommended for grades 1st-3rd.

The Snowy Day books available for $1! Recommended reading level: PreK-2nd

Pete the Cat 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Young Jimmy Biddle draws a blank in art class, but one groovy feline is there to help him harness his creative energies! Join us for a visual arts workshop and learn about unleashing your own creative energies with teaching artists from the Delta Arts Alliance. Recommended for grades 2nd-5th.

Pete the Cat books available for $1! Recommended reading level: PreK-2nd

Reduced-Price Book Polices

Books will cost $1 per student, and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Priority reservations for books will be given to public school groups in Delta Counties. Your school group must attend the STMS performance on which the book is based to be eligible to purchase books. Books cannot be placed on hold—payment must be received in order to confirm book reservation.If books are still remaining four weeks prior to the show, private and homeschool groups attending the STMS performances will be able to purchase the books for the reduced $1 ticket price. Order forms for Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It will be made available when STMS tickets go on sale.Thanks to the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and the Delta Arts Alliance for their support with this literacy initiative!

Registration for the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute will open in February 2020!


The Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute

CORE Arts: Ages 12-18, June 7 – 20, 2020

PLUS Camp: Ages 5-11, July 6 – 11, 2020

DRAMA Camp: Ages 6-18, July 27 – August 1, 2020


The Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute is a series of summer camps hosted by the Bologna Performing Arts Center every year for children ages 5-18. The programs offer a variety of arts education opportunities for campers, focusing on performing, visual, digital, and literary arts. Registration for CORE Arts Camp and PLUS Camp opens every spring semester, and space for camp fills on a first-come, first-serve basis. Quality instructors from all over the country ensure that children develop both process and product, and stretch their creative muscles while attending MSAI each year.


For more than 20 summers, the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute (MSAI) has impacted the lives of countless emerging artists by providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain broad exposure in all artistic disciplines. The goal of MSAI is to encourage young artists to begin or continue their pursuits in the fine and performing arts.  MSAI provides high-quality instruction and enrichment for a wide range of participants, beginning with age 5 and continuing all the way to graduating high school seniors.

Campers ages 5-11 attend PLUS Camp, a week-long, performance-oriented day camp packed with tons of energy and fun activities. Campers ages 12-18 immerse themselves in a two-week, multi-faceted, residential CORE Arts program. Both programs will feature final showcases that demonstrate the hard work and immense dedication of our young artists. Tuition for CORE Arts Camp can be paid in installments over the spring semester leading up to the program, and tuition for PLUS is due in one payment to secure the spot. Please note that, due to the logistics of hiring teaching artists, ordering supplies, and making on-campus reservations, refunds are not given unless the department is contacted approximately three weeks prior to the start of camp.

Through MSAI, you can develop your interests and abilities, and achieve what you once thought impossible. You can explore different disciplines and open doors to new opportunities. Please join us this summer and expand your horizons through the arts. It is sure to be a rewarding experience you will never forget!

Exposure to the arts contributes to the overall cognitive and social development of children. Providing students with a creative outlet of expression can improve academic achievement, accommodate a wide variety of learning styles, promote diverse multicultural perspectives, and aid in the development of positive self-esteem in adolescents. Arts education is an essential component in preparing youth for their future careers. Aspects such as team-work, self-discipline, and communication skills are promoted throughout the fine arts curriculum, and provide students with useful tools that will help them achieve their goals and aspirations.

For more information on our year-round Arts Education opportunities, feel free to drop by the Arts Education Office located in the main lobby of the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus at Delta State University. You may also contact our arts education coordinator, Cade Holder, at cholder@deltastate.edu or at 662-846-4844.