Nora Davis receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant

Nora Davis Magnet School of Laurel has been awarded a $400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2017-2018 and will be used to bring in dance artist Mary Frances Massey from Tupelo to provide professional development in the area of dance arts integration to the staff of Nora Davis. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. “Arts organizations throughout the state of Mississippi play a pivotal role in sharing the power of the arts with people from all walks of life,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “The arts are for everyone, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support arts organizations committed to growing the presence of the arts in their communities.”

Nora Davis Magnet School is a model school for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative. Nora Davis has served as a model school for the arts for nineteen years. The students of Nora Davis Magnet School are taught through arts integration. This approach is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate their understanding of the curriculum through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. Whole Schools Project Directors, Casey Watts and Andrea Schipke, explained that teachers of Nora Davis are constantly looking for new ideas in order to engage their students through arts integration. This grant will give an opportunity for teachers to grow in the area of dance integration and be able to take that knowledge back to the classroom and to their students.

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state

by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott,

Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or

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