WCU professor develops Mississippi bicentennial arts curriculum

WCU professor develops Mississippi bicentennial arts curriculum
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A professor of music at William Carey University has developed a new arts curriculum for students that helps them learn about 200 years of Mississippi history.

Mark Malone has worked with the Mississippi Arts Commission to create, "Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum."

It includes 20 lessons that use visual art to tell Mississippi's history, from pre-statehood to the present.

"How stimulating to work with 200 years of Mississippi history and 200 years of artwork and to meld the two," said Malone.

Each lesson gives students opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of topics through the creation of artwork.

"They take the information, both the artistic information and the historical information, and they then bring that to life through presentations, through creating art that reflects those kinds of historical and artistic developments as well," said Malone.

The curriculum can be used for elementary, middle school and high school students and should be available through the Mississippi Arts Commission in September.