Other Arts Education Programs


Arts Education Subscription Boxes 

The Bologna Performing Arts Center is offering arts education boxes and books for children ages 5-8 for the upcoming fall semester. The program functions like a subscription-based service, so families can choose the frequency and price level of boxes they would like to receive for the months of September, October and November. Boxes will be distributed twice monthly on the 15th and 30th, and will include two arts projects, step-by-step instructions for project completion, and links to how-to videos available online, as well as a children’s book that complements each box’s theme. The how-to videos will be pre-recorded and made available online, so families can work through the projects on their own schedule and will not need access to webcams or audio equipment.

Boxes will be distributed twice a month September through November, on the 15th and 30th. Families can purchase their boxes for the entire semester or by the month, with varied pricing levels applied according to frequency of subscription. Please see our table below for pricing:




Entire Semester



September through November

(all 6 boxes)


$60 total ($10 per box)


September Boxes (2 boxes) or

October Boxes (2 boxes) or

November Boxes (2 boxes)


$25 per month ($12.50 per box)

To register for your arts education boxes, please visit our ticketing site.


Theatre Writer’s Workshop for Teens

Students ages 14+ are invited to participate in a dramatic writer’s workshop for the fall semester of 2020, which will focus on original short scenes and monologue work. This program, sponsored by the Bologna Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance and StoryWorks Theatre, will begin with weekly virtual sessions and slowly progress into small group work pending development of case counts of COVID-19 in the region. Students will work with teaching artists to develop original material that they can use for future auditions and stage work, and will be able to pull from personal experiences during their times of separation during lockdowns and quarantine. The project will offer space to convene, discuss, and develop original content that serves as a time capsule for these unprecedented times. Please visit our ticketing website to register.

The ten-week program will culminate in a final virtual showcase two weeks prior to Thanksgiving in November. Please contact the arts education office at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 662-846-4844 for any questions.

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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