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BPAC, Grammy, and Delta Arts Alliance Partner for Literacy Program

Second-grade students at Bell Academy.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State will host its first matinee performance of the Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It literacy initiative for the 2019-20 school year. The program provides reduced-price books on which School-Time Matinee Series performances are based to students attending the shows and provides free workshops for select grade levels in attendance.

The BPAC will present a 9:30 and 11:30 AM performance of Dallas Children’s Theatre’s Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, with more than 1,500 students currently attending. Programming partner GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will host two workshops for students at Ruleville Central Elementary and Bell Academy in conjunction with the performance. GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi teaching artists will show how different players in the music industry pull together to put out Grammy-winning albums, just like the players in the performance pull together to win the big game in Miss Nelson Has a Field Day.

In addition to the workshops and along with financial partners at the Delta Arts Alliance, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle No. Two,  BPAC sold out of its paperback copies of Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, priced at only $1 each as part of the literacy initiative. By the end of the school year, BPAC aims to distribute 3,000 reduced-price books to children attending the School-Time Matinee Series performances.

For further information on the Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It partnership or to book tickets for a class for an upcoming matinee, contact the arts education director at 662-846-4844. The 11:30 AM performance of Miss Nelson Has a Field Day is open to public family groups in addition to schools. Tickets can be purchased by calling 662-846-4844.


First grade students at Hayes Cooper Center.