Other Arts Education Programs


After-School Arts Hangout!


Does your child love the spotlight? Or are they looking for a way to break out of their shell? Then they might just be looking for a place in the theater! For the 2019-2020 school year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center will partner with the Delta Arts Alliance to continue the after-school production and performance program for upper elementary and middle school youth ages 9-14.

The introductory theater program will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.  Led by Matthew Grant, Cleveland Central High School’s theatre director, this program will utilize theatre games, production study, music, and introduction to performance technique to expose participants to life on the stage. Assisting Matthew Grant with rehearsals will be Delta Arts Alliance teaching artist Layla Young, a recent DMI graduate, as well as a theatre writer, director, and actor. An interest session and registration will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd at 4:30 p.m. in the BPAC recital hall. Rehearsals will begin the following Tuesday, September 10, at 4:30 p.m.

Fees for the semester-long program are $75 per child. These fees will allow us to partially pay for rights to a Disney Kid’s show, which the troupe will perform for the public at the end of the spring semester. Please make checks payable to Delta State University. You may download and complete the registration form and bring it with payment to the interest session on September 3rd.


The Mathews-Sanders Sculpture Garden


In August 1999, Pam Mathews moved to Cleveland where her husband David Potter had just been named the new President of Delta State University.

Pam, a painter, worked for the National Endowment for the Arts before moving south, and she called her new friend Nan Sanders, a fellow painter, to discuss the idea of developing a sculpture garden on the front lawn of the newly completed Bologna Performing Arts Center on  the DSU campus.

The board of the sculpture garden is endeavoring to make the art of sculpture accessible to all, and has crafted several activities for elementary through high school students to learn more about the artwork of the sculpture garden. Teachers can take advantage of the following handouts, which detail sculpture vocabulary as well as scavenger hunts and connect-the-dots sheets of the 2017-2019 Installation Class. Giant Jenga sets are available for use in the sculpture garden so that students can collaboratively build their own large sculptures! Place a time limit on “construction,” and see what your class groups can create as they learn more about the art of sculpture.

Connect-the-Dots Worksheets: Recommended for elementary students

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt Worksheets: Recommended for elementary through high school students

Sculpture Vocabulary Worksheet: Recommended for all students

The Bologna Performing Arts Center also has access to Giant Jenga games for classes to create their own temporary sculptures. Contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center to learn more about educational opportunities at the Mathews-Sanders Sculpture garden, or visit the official Sculpture Garden website.


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