Welcome to 2013!
TONS of info for you in our January newsletter. Stick with
us and learn all you can about what MAAE has been up to. If
you would like to contribute an item for the March 2013
newsletter, please send submissions to
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From the Desk of the Executive
Year! Welcome to an exciting, already fast-moving 2013! With
guidance from President V.A. Patterson, MAAE is focusing on
the areas of Advocacy through Arts and Literacy, Advocacy
through Professional Development, and Advocacy through
Communication. Highlights include the following:
On December 6-8, fifteen educators, pre-service teachers,
professors, and artists travelled to Atlanta and the Ron
Clark Academy to see a school culture that promotes student
success and engagement with academic rigor and creative
integration of literacy through arts in every subject. In
Being greeted by a student with a firm
handshake, eye contact, and a great deal of respect already
had me fantasizing about having a job there next year! I
thought to myself that if this was the product of this
academy then I want to learn all I could to take back and
implement, as I believe that every child has the capacity to
Passionate, creative teachers used a variety of innovative
strategies. The idea of using objects to make noises to
represent the punctuation marks was a great way to appeal to
the senses in the Language Arts classroom. I observed the
rich use of various genres of music to make up song lyrics
on academic content, and creative movement in every subject.
I saw firsthand seamless ways to transform how we think
about schooling and learning!
A Spring 2013 RCA trip is being planned. Contact Penny
MAAE had a voice at the table at the MPB American Graduate
Dropout Prevention Summit on Nov. 13 when Donna Porter and
Penny Wallin served on the Focusing on Solutions Panel, with
Amile Wilson filming and photographing the event.
On December 4, Dr. Evon Kincaid and Dr. Penny Wallin
represented MAAE, Jackson State, and MSU at the 42nd
Mississippi Reading Association Conference with the
workshop: Literacy Through Arts: Developing Social and
Emotional Skills with Multicultural Literature.
Members Charlotte Tabereaux, Sallie Harper, and Penny Wallin
collaborated as part of the MSU writing team to secure a
$90,000 IHL Teacher Enhancement Grant that focuses on Common
Core ELA/Literacy and Arts. The grant will be used to train
middle school teachers in Meridian Public Schools this
summer, with participants attending the Whole Schools
Institute as a culminating event.
With our commitment to Early Childhood Literacy, Althea
Jerome (in Creative Arts), and Penny Wallin (in Social and
Emotional Learning), served on the Early Childhood Standards
Writing Committee at MDE.
The Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts in Education awards were
presented to Power APAC teachers, Shawn Morgan in Music, and
Malaika Quarterman in Theatre, at the Jackson Public Schools
Board Meeting on December 12. Principal Marlynn Martin,
along with V.A. Patterson, Shannon Frost, and Penny Wallin
celebrated these outstanding teachers of the arts with the
traditional framed certificate and original pottery from
Mississippi Clay Woman, Rachel Ballentine, in front of
family and colleagues.
A team of MAAE members met at the MSU Riley Center on
January 15 to begin designing a new Professional Learning
Community workshop on Arts Integration to teach Common Core
ELA/Literacy. The plan is to offer this new MAAE Workshop
Series through our partnerships with the Regional Service
Centers and MDE. Thanks to Althea Jerome, Gloria Johnson,
Charlotte Tabereaux, Kathryn Lewis, Evon Kincaid for
providing innovative ideas as we prepare this training.
MAAE continues important collaboration with MAC, WSI,
Greenville Arts Partnership, VSA of MS, Bologna Performing
Arts Center, MSU Riley Center and PIE, and Teaching Artists
on the Teaching Artist Advisory Group (TAAG), with the goal
to facilitate the process needed to improve the
preparedness, developmental appropriateness, and flexibility
of MS teaching artists with systematic, consistent, and
transparent strategies to work effectively in and beyond
MAAE NEEDS YOU! Please continue Advocacy through active
Easy ways you can advocate for the arts:
Write to your state and national legislators. Gloria Johnson
has set the bar high for us to communicate NOW with
legislators. Below are excerpts from her letter:
I hope your 2013 session will be a productive and successful
session. I just wanted to share this short video clip with
you and ask that you continue to keep the arts in mind as a
vital part of educating the whole child, as it helps
students to grow academically to achieve at higher academic
levels and provides skills that will go with them into
adulthood. Supporting arts education is a gift that you and
I can give that will last a lifetime- whether it is drawing
a picture, singing in a choir, dancing on a stage, or in a
play in a community theatre. Children who are given the
experience of the arts from an early age throughout their
school years are empowered to learn at higher levels of
achievement and their academics are greatly improved. My
students and my own son's reading levels and math skills
were enhanced because of their exposure to the arts. I know
that funding is always a concern each year; but, I hope this
video clip will inspire you to continue to help all the
children of Mississippi to grow and reach their full
potential by supporting arts education when you begin
working on the budget for the upcoming year. Please support
the ARTS and remember how much the ARTS empower children to
reach their full potential for success!
Help the national Americans for the Arts spread the message
of the importance of the arts by becoming an official member
of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member,
you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today
www.artsactionfund.org . It's free!
Inform MAAE, media, and community whenever there is an event
where student talent is highlighted and celebrated. We’ll
post on our website FYI page.
Mark your calendar:
Jan. 24: Ruth Searcy Literacy Conference, Jackson State
Feb. 21: Kathryn Lewis will be honored at the Governor’s
Awards at 1 p.m. in the concert Hall of Belhaven University
Center for the Arts on Riverside Dr. in Jackson.
March 26: Arts Day at the Capitol
Wishing you art-filled days,
Dear MAAE friends,
Year! It is an honor for me to serve as president of MAAE.
I have been a member since 2004 and have served on the board
of directors both as an active member and in an ex-officio
capacity. I recently retired as Executive Director of VSA
Mississippi, the state organization on arts and disability.
A high point of my association with MAAE was in 2011 when
VSA Mississippi was presented the MAAE Arts Education Award
for Distinguished Community Arts Agency.
I am looking
forward to working with all of you this year as we expand
our role as the state advocacy organization. In the area of
Advocacy through Professional Development, a committee has
already been at work this month reviewing the MAAE
professional development workshops and re-designing them to
focus on ELA Common Core Standards and Literacy with Arts
Integration in partnership with Mississippi State
University. It’s exciting to be involved in this process.
We all know
the value of the arts in education. We know that learning in
and through the arts contribute to the development of
cognitive skills and creative capacities that help students
achieve academically. We know that learning in and through
the arts promote the development of skills in
self-discipline, creative problem solving, collaboration and
teamwork, and critical thinking. We know that education in
the arts promotes the development of motivated, discerning,
knowledgeable citizens who are contributing members of their
Our mission is
important – to advocate for high quality, comprehensive and
sequential arts programs for all Mississippi students.
Membership in MAAE is a key to the success of our programs.
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to please
join now, or renew your membership today, so MAAE can
continue its advocacy work for arts education for all
V. A. Patterson
MAAE Board President
From the MAAE
January 27, 2013
Good Morning: A less than bland way to talk about arts
Tags: arts, equality, teaching
I have two dreams that I have been able to articulate in
my life. One is for me and the other is seemingly more
benevolent. As I get older I see they can be
intertwined. The first is to work as a performer. I want
to be a musician, a dancer, and an actor. I love being
on stage. I do it a lot. So that dream can and does
happen. Daily I work with a great group of artists.
My second dream is to ensure others who want these
opportunities have access. I want to see equal access to
the arts and quality education. I want to see kids
learning to read, write, and create—never domesticated.
Empowered. Literacy through the arts is deeply
empowering. It isn't the sort of literacy that involves
just calling words or even gleaning meaning from a
textbook. It is a new and wider literacy that can
encompass those things, but it reaches far beyond that.
It leaves children, humans, empowered to do what makes
them happy. It gives them the power to see what is
important. It gives them the ability to choose their
path instead of leaving the choice in the hands of
another. It is empowering to create. It's equally
beneficial to learn the discipline and perseverance
required to master an art form. Arts puts power and
responsibility in the hand of the creator. The internal
discipline required spreads to every area of life. It
allows a drive that otherwise would not exist to
develop, and it's self-reinforcing.
From time to time I forget why I do what I do. I
remembered this morning.
Contributed by MAAE Board Member Joe Johnson, Published
Did you know…
The entire Johnson family, Gloria, Stephen, Joseph, and
Daniel have been members of MAAE for over 10 years?
MAAE Member Caroline Conerly is a contestant in the 2013
Miss Mississippi Competition with a platform on the
importance of Arts in Education?
MAAE Member Organization, Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel,
announced that Mandy Buchanan, who serves as the Education
Outreach Coordinator, is the recipient of the Betty
Robbins Volunteer of the Year in Little Rock, Arkansas.
New MAAE member Mark LaFrancis is a storyteller and
published writer of five novels, including these
Accelerated Reader titles: My Aunt Helen, The Hunt, A
Dance From the Heart, In Search of a Hero, and Happy
Birthday, D.J. ?
ClancyWorks Residency at USM
University of Southern Mississippi Dance Department will be
hosting the ClancyWorks residency on Monday, February 18
from 12 to 1:30 p.m. This is a K-12 interdisciplinary
in-service focusing on how movement in the classroom can
help students to connect with learning, one another and an
ability to stay focused on their studies. This is a free
seminar and open to any professional K-12 educator or
administrator. Please RSVP to Julie White at
for the Record Spotlight
In October, MAAE partnered with Mississippi Public
Broadcasting to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the
Record. Here are a few member highlights of MAAE’s
Education is so important, no matter what the age may be. It
is my role as a future teacher to educate our future
citizens whether I am reading to them or helping aid them in
other subjects. I will make sure that I help students to
jumpstart their education, future, and career. In the
picture below, I am reading to the students of New
Dimensions Daycare. Although they are only three and four
years of age, they have reached the stage to where they are
interested in learning to read and write. I read them the
book “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by Jacky Davis and
David Soman. The students were able to follow along and also
give their opinions of the book. After reading the book, I
donated the book to Barbara Johnson, the teacher present,
from Dr. Evornia Kincaid, the FALL 2012 RE 455 class at
Jackson State University, and MAAE. The students at New
Dimensions Daycare are definitely ready to jumpstart their
Jodie Engle read the book “Lady Bug Girl and the Bug Squad”
to two pre-k classes at St. Anthony Catholic School in
Madison, MS. The students created new characters, acted out
the story and created their own secret hand-shake. In total,
there were almost 40 students with three teachers.
The Greenville Arts Council had readers at O'Bannon
Elementary School in the Western Line School District. 255
kindergarten through second grade students participated in
storytelling and an art activity where they made characters
from the story into puppets. GAC partnered with the
AmeriCorps volunteers on their campus for the activity.
2012 Arts Education Awards Celebrations
A celebration was had in Meridian for
Lauderdale County recipients MSU Riley Center and
Superintendent Randy Hodges on October 9.
On November 16, all four recipients
were recognized at a board meeting by the Mississippi
Department of Education State Board of Directors.
A celebration for Jackson recipients
Shawn Morgan and Malaika Quarterman of Power APAC was held
at a Jackson Public Schools Board meeting on December 12.
MAC Whole Schools Institute Spring
The 2013 Whole Schools Initiative
Spring Cluster Retreat is scheduled in various locations
throughout the month of February and March. This is a one
day professional development opportunity designed for teams
of Pre-K to 12th grade classroom teachers, arts specialists,
teaching artists, principals and superintendents who will
experience, observe and create arts integrated lessons using
Common Core State Standards and principles of Universal
Design for Learning. The registration fee is $50 per
participant, and each school may bring six participants. .5
CEU credits are available and is $15 payable at the event -
Cash or Check payable to Delta State University. Each
workshop is 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, for dates, locations, and
more information, go to:
www.mswholeschools.org or contact Jodie Engle at
email@example.com or 601-359-6040.
MAAE Board Meeting
The next MAAE board meeting will be
held February 23, 2013 at Oak Park Elementary School in
Attention High School Art
Classes! Want to win money for your art program and see your
shoes sold in VANS stores? Teachers can register their
schools for a chance to win $50,000 for their school’s art
program and an all expenses paid trip to New York. For
registration and more information, check out http://www.vans.com/customculture.
Advocacy Tip of the
From the California Alliance for Arts
Education Webinar: Creative Ways to Connect with Your School
G—Get to know—Get to know your
school board; arrive early/stay late; introduce yourself;
attend other district activities, not just board meetings;
invite them regularly to attend events
R—Refer to relevant issues—Read board meeting
minutes; keep up with voting records; keep up with community
and state issues that effect budgetary/legislative
E—Expect a response and action—Mention that you look
forward to working together; ask them to support the arts by
voting in favor of arts education and against cuts; invite
them to arts activities or alliance meetings
A—Acknowledge their work—Note ways that they or other
board members have supported students, even if it isn’t
directly related to arts education; acknowledge how tough
the climate has been and how much you appreciate them
keeping students at the forefront of decisions
T—Thank them for their time—Always
show appreciation and be specific
What YOU Can Do
interested in supporting arts in education but aren't able
to get into a classroom?? A sponsorship might be just the
thing! MAAE has identified several areas at several
different price ranges where people or businesses can donate
towards an arts experience for a child, a classroom or a
teacher. There are also ways to support MAAE in their
advocacy efforts. Check out all the opportunities
colleagues, friends, fellow artists, teachers, family
members…you get the picture…to become a member of MAAE.
Support arts education in Mississippi! More information can
be found on our website.
website is FULL of great resources to learn about arts in
education, arts integration and advocacy. Navigate to
our website and click on the Advocacy tab at the top to
access these great resources.
mission of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is to
advocate for high quality, comprehensive and sequential arts
education for all Mississippi students. This is accomplished
by offering advocacy opportunities throughout the year,
teaching artist training through the Dana Foundation model,
arts integration training, plus much, much more! Check out
our website for our calendar, resources and training. Please
also 'like' us on Facebook by clicking this link:
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for your support! And please direct teachers, administrators
and artists to our website to become a member to help
support the cause of arts education in Mississippi.
have something you would like included in the March 2013
Newsletter, please submit items by March 1, 2013
Newsletter is published bi-monthly to members.
Penny Wallin, Executive Director
Frost, Financial Officer/Membership Chair
Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is supported by:
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Alliance for Arts Education
Mississippi Music Educators
Mississippi Art Education
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network