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Welcome to Arts Integrtion

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching that integrates fine arts content and objectives along with the content and objectives of traditional subjects,  such as language arts, math, and science.  Arts integration makes learning a hands on, enriching experience for students which results in greater understanding and meaning.  An arts integrated classroom is an exciting and welcoming place to learn. 

Tupelo Public School District has a long running partnership spanning over 25 years with Mississippi Arts Commission and the Whole School Initiative which embraces an arts integrated approach to instruction.  Our Pre-K through 8th grade schools currently engage in arts integration training throughout the year and benefit from the artists residencies provided through MAC.  Thomas Street Elementary currently serves as Model of Arts Integration for the state.  TPSD values the arts and recognizes that it is a critical piece to a whole and well rounded education.  

Mississippi Whole Schools

Mississippi Whole Schools, a program of the Mississippi Arts Commission, is Mississippi's first comprehensive statewide arts education program which uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. Students learn academic concepts through arts-based instruction.
To become a Mississippi Whole Schools Model Campus, there are many requirements for a school. The following are some of the required items:
  • Application
  • High implementation of arts integration
  • Extensive training through the Whole Schools Initiative.
  • Commitment to arts integration
  • Change of school culture
  • Artist in Residence
  • Letters of Support
  • Newsletters highlights art experiences and/or arts integrated lesson plans
TPSD recognizes Joyner and Thomas Street as a Mississippi Whole Schools Model Campus.
Our 3-5 schools, Lawhon, Lawndale, Pierce and Rankin are affiliates as well as ECEC, Milam and TMS.

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Kit Stafford

Kit Stafford
Arts Integration Facilitator

445 North Church Street
Tupelo, MS 38804


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