Hays to Conduct Residency at Stone High School

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students will work with Teaching Artist/writer/theatre specialist and Director of the Nationally Recognized “Wings” program Tonya Hays  beginning during the Fall Semester of 2015 at Stone High School. Stone High is one of 20 schools in Mississippi to receive an Arts Residency Grant from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE). The MAAE goal is to impart knowledge that will carry over to additional long -term education for students in all academic areas.

Emily Sumrall and Tonya Hays
Emily Sumrall and Tonya Hays

Community Banners and Mosaic Tile Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students dedicate “community banners” and mosaic tile benches to Stone County. The banners and benches were created by students in conjunction with fabric artist Marcus Weekley and tile artist Elizabeth Veglia and community volunteers. The banners will hang in Stone High School and the benches will be located on the nature trail between Perk Elementary and the Community Arts Center.

Sponsors for this project were: Bank of Wiggins, Friends of Stone County Libraries, Stone County Arts Council, Betsy and Otis Rowell and the SC Telling Trees Project. The project partner is MGCCC.

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Mosaic Tile Concrete Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students from Stone High School recently spent two days with mosaic tile mural artist Elizabeth Veglia and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) arts instructor Sandra Cassibry creating mosaic tile concrete benches celebrating Stone County’s heritage plants and animals.

Project sponsors include the Bank of Wiggins, Betsy and Otis Rowell, the Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, MGCCC, and the Stone County School District. We thank everyone for their support.

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Upcoming Events

March 20-22 Pine Hill Day. If you can help Daisha (601-928-6289) or Kelly (601-528-1123) with their efforts to pass out our SCAC information please contact them (March 21).

March 23: Join Friends of Stone County Libraries for the Dr. Seuss Celebration and Seuss Book Give Away at the Wiggins Library from 3:30-5:00pm.

March 24: SCAC Monthly meeting at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus-5:30 pm. Bring pictures for the SCAC art show.

March 25: 8:15-2:15 Artist- Elizabeth Veglia/Sandra Cassibry- Mosaic Tile Workshop with MGCCC Art Students SHS 9th Graders – SCAC members welcome to stop by (Visual Arts Center).

March 27: 8:15-2:15- Quilter Marcus Weekley works with community volunteers and a second group of SHS 9th graders at the CAC in a fabric arts workshop making community banners. We need one more volunteer. Please call Kathryn Lewis 228-697-4505 if you are interested.

March 28: 9am-noon- Artist Sherry Carlson presents Watercolor Workshop: Painting Flowers. Call Sandra at 601-928-6298 to register and for additional information.

Save the Date: Full day workshop- April 11- Suncatchers with Daniel Calcote!

Harvesting Knowledge Through History

The Murals of Stone County recently dedicated “Harvesting Knowledge Through History” at Stone High School. The County’s 31st mural was dedicated thanks to First Bank and their representatives Jody Miles and Daphine Cazeaux and Jack’s Home Improvement.  SHS teacher Emilie Sumrall and her 2014 9th grade class inspired this mural.

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Celebration of Stone County’s Agriculture

Emilie Sumrall’s 9th grade English class at Stone High School completed this spring an extensive project studying Stone County’s history, government, transportation, leaders/heroes and agriculture. The students decided they wanted to take a huge step and become “first hand participants ” in Mississippi’s official “Mural County” and sponsor a mural celebrating the farmers and Stone County’s agriculture. Working with mural artist Kym Garraway, the mural is now underway, will be finished this summer and installed in the hallway leading to the SHS cafeteria in August.

A special thanks to Jack’s Home Improvement for donation of the boards for the mural.

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Coming Soon – A Mural Celebrating Stone County Produce

Kathryn Lewis recently had an incredible experience working with a class of 9th graders at Stone High School this semester. These students just finished a wonderful project celebrating Stone County’s history while fulfilling a Common Core objective.  An outcome of this project will be the next Mural of Stone County which will celebrate the fruits and vegetables produced here.

Notes of interest from the initial planning for the mural:
  • There are approximately 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables produced by Stone County farmers for sale. Some of this produced is donated to our food pantry at some time during the year for free distribution to the needy.
  • This will be another painted mural of a farmer and the produce. The farmer will be generic representing all races, sexes, and creeds that call Stone County home.
  • Each participating student’s fingerprints will be placed in the farmer or produce to create the visual effect.
  • We are working on the idea of creating the image with professional artist, student artists, and the classroom students dedicated to this project.
Kathryn noted these are “amazing students!!” and thanks them for celebrating this place called home!


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