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Arts Front and Center Forum 2011


This video is a complete review of the 2011 event and is courtesy of Bill Edwards


The MAAE expresses deep appreciation to:
Rachel Ballentine for the creation of the ceramic awards (click)
The Jackson MS Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (click)
Jones County Junior College (click)
The MAAE Board, Committee Members, and Presenters
The Mississippi Children’s Museum (click)
The Mississippi State Department of Education (click)
Power APAC (click)

The MAAE also expresses gratitude to our sponsors:
Anonymous donors
Ask for More Arts/Parents for Public Schools: Greater Jackson (click)
Campbell’s Bakery
Althea and Raoul Jerome
Gloria and Stephen Johnson
Kat’s Wine (click)
The Perfect Performance (click)
Rainbow Spring Water
Standard Office Supply and Printing (click)
Dr. Penny Wallin

The MAAE appreciates the support of our state and national partners:
The Mississippi Arts Commission
The Dana Foundation 
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Kennedy Center Logo

The opening session was IMAGINATION CONVERSATION
The BIG Question: What role does IMAGINATION play in Mississippi?

Featuring Panelists:
 Government: Mayor Johnny DuPree
 Department of Education: Dr. Lynn House
Mississippi Arts Commission: Malcolm White
Artists: NunoErin, Nicole Marquez
Non-Profit/Service Sector: Philip Wright
Mississippi Development Authority: Melissa Medley
Moderated by Betsy Bradley

Videos documenting this opening session, Imagination Conversation, are shown below.

These videos are courtesy of Bill Edwards who documented the entire event--Thank you Bill!


Mississippi’s IMAGINATION CONVERSATION, organized by the Lincoln Center Institute to inform American Education Policy, was presented by MAAE as the Opening Ceremony for the Annual Arts Front and Center Forum, in partnership with the Kennedy Center and the Mississippi Arts Commission

Forum Schedule

2:00 p.m.-Imagination Conversation (free to the public)
5:00 p.m.-Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction (requires registration)
6:30 p.m.-MAAE Awards Ceremony (requires registration)

Saturday, April 30, 2011-Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex
(requires registration for Forum Workshop Day; CEUs and SEMIs available)

8:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. - General Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Arts in the Classroom Overview—Kim Whitt

  • The Dance in All of Us—Nicole Marquez

  • Show Me the Money: Leveraging Money for Arts—Dr. Charlotte Tabereaux

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Arts Integration Teaching Artist Demo Lesson: Flossie, a lesson in bullying (elementary)
       Jodie Engle and Althea Jerome

  • Arts Integration Teaching Artist Demo Lesson: Dream Big, (secondary)
       Joseph Johnson and Dr. Elaine Gelbard

  • Mathematics plus Creative Arts = STEAM
       Dr. Sallie Harper

12:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch

  1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Waiting for Superman: What’s the message for Mississippi Schools?
       Carolyn Jolivette, Trecina Green, and Limeul Eubanks

  • Eco-Aesthetics: A Visual Arts Experience
       Tony DiFatta

  • Six Schools Journey into Arts Integration-Oak Park Elementary, Hawkins Elementary, Canton School of Arts and Sciences, Walton Elementary, Quitman Junior High, Oxford Middle School

3:00 p.m. Forum Finale with Student Performance

Forum Audience:

K-12 Superintendents and school administrators, K-12 teachers, higher education faculty and administrators, K-12 students, arts and education employees from state agencies, arts education professional organization leaders, community arts organization and cultural institution leaders, arts presenting organizations, teaching artists, parent organization leaders, community and business partners

Forum Purpose:

To recognize that tough times call for sharing creative ideas for action that recognize and honor the importance of rejuvenating our schools, our communities, and our lives, as we strive collectively to find imaginative and satisfying paths which value arts in education

Forum Goals:

To consider the challenges in education by imagining creative and innovative solutions that will support our mission to insure a better world for our children;

To commit to acting on solutions to the problems by lifting our children’s lives both in the arts and through the arts as they learn to fly and soar.

Forum Objectives:

1. Offer a venue where educators, business leaders, government officials, and artists can dialogue about fresh, imaginative perspectives for 21st Century education.
2. Raise awareness and appreciation of the impact of an arts education on a child’s life.
3. Gain new insights and understanding how schools can become more involved in arts education.
4. Broaden parent and community understanding and involvement, investment, and support for arts in education.
5. Recognize and honor all stakeholders for their contribution to the education and advocacy support of creativity, imagination and the arts across Mississippi.

The Challenges

 "We have an historic opportunity to drive change and lift education to a new level…The question is whether we have the courage to face the truths about our current state of education and to pursue fundamental change… By working together and staying focused on children, we can create an education system that instead of leaving too many children behind, takes all children forward. Let's get to work."

— U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan CNN: 4/30/2009

"This is the time to stand up and say what you believe, not sweep the issues under the rug so that we can feel good about getting along. Our mission is to defend and promote the interests of children...There's nothing more worthwhile than fighting for children."

—Former Washington, D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee, 12/13/2010

The Arts Front and Center Forum is partially funded by a grant from the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network

The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is funded in part by The Mississippi Arts Commission and The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.


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