The goal of MAC’s Arts Education Program is to promote education in and through the arts as an essential component of the learning experience for all Mississippi students. This further extends beyond the classroom and into communities as arts education provides the foundation for continuing access to high quality and lifelong arts learning and engagement opportunities. The arts are essential, and the Mississippi Arts Commission supports the benefits of the positive culture that the arts bring to everyday life.

Poetry Out Loud

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the States Arts Agencies. The program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self confidence and learn about their literary heritage.


Link Up

Link Up, a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute music education program now in its ninth season, pairs orchestras with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum.



Blues Trail Curriculum

The Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum project brings the blues to the classroom, where today’s youth can learn more about this original art form as well as of the experiences of the men and women behind the music.

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Footprints in the Dust: The Natchez Trace

Drawn from original resource materials developed by Althea Jerome, Kathryn Lewis, and Linda Whittington, the
following arts-integrated lessons included in this curriculum focus on the geographical, historical, social, and economic
development of the Natchez Trace.

Download Footprints in the Dust: The Natchez Trace.

Download the original Whole Schools Initiative Interactive, Interdisciplinary Thematic Unit “Footprints in the Dust~The Natchez Trace.”


Mississippi History through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum

A curriculum 200 years in the making, Mississippi History through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum connects our past to our future and is appropriate for students from elementary to high school.

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Moving Toward the Art Of Good Health

Moving Toward the Art of Good Health incorporates ballroom dancing into the student’s daily curriculum to ensure the health and well-being of Mississippi’s students.

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