Other Arts Education Programs


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.

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! In the spring of 2019, the Bologna Performing Arts Center will launch a new after-school performance program for kids and youth ages 9-14.

The introductory theater program will meet on Tuesdays at 4:15 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, music, and introduction to performance technique to expose tweens and teens to life on the stage. An interest session and registration will take place on Tuesday, January 15 at 4:15 p.m. in the BPAC recital hall. Rehearsals will begin the following Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Fees for the semester-long program are $35 per child, which includes a t-shirt. 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 January 15, 2019.


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