Arts Integration for Teachers

Partners in Education

The Bologna Performing Arts Center and Clarksdale Municipal School District are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the Partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to provide professional development opportunities in the arts for educators.

The Partners in Education Annual Meeting

Team members from the Bologna Performing Arts Center and the Clarksdale Municipal School District attend the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Annual Meeting in February 2019, representing MississippiĀ  Team 2012. Administrators and teachers attended sessions focusing on best practices for arts integration strategic planning. Teachers interested in learning techniques from Kennedy Center-accredited teaching artists should inquire about the 2019 Arts Integration Conference, scheduled for June 24-26, 2019. To learn more, contact your CMSD principal or Cade Holder at 662-846-4844.



Partners in Education Workshops and Teaching Demonstrations

During the school-Partners in Ed Page October 15-16 Workshopyear, the Bologna Center and the Clarksdale Municipal School District collaborate to provide professional development workshops for educators. Each 3-hour workshop includes various methods and lessons that enhance the arts education curriculum in regular classroom subjects. State and national teaching artists lead each professional development workshop.

  • What: Arts Integration Movement Workshop
  • Where: W.A. Higgins Middle School Fine Arts Complex
  • When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Led by former Mississippi Arts Commission director of arts education Kim Whitt, this section will focus on defining arts integration and taking established lesson plans to the next level with an arts element. Through visual arts exercises and small group discussion, teachers will learn how to use existing work with art to elevate student understanding. The session is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the district’s 60% day.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through Delta State University for this workshop series. In order to obtain the 6 contact hours required by MDE for CEU credit, teachers must attend one three-hour session on November 15, and the upcoming arts integration workshop which will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. CEUs cost $15 and require minimal paperwork. Call 662-846-4844 for further information.

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