2002 Annual Report, School Year 2000-2001
Mississippi School of
the Arts (MSA)
|I. History and Purpose|
|Purpose/location||*Scheduled to open
in August 2003.
*Statewide residential school that will provide advanced programs of study in music, theatre, visual arts, dance, literary arts, and media arts for artistically gifted eleventh and twelfth grade students.
*Located on the historic Whitworth College Campus in Brookhaven, Mississippi.
*Designated as a Mississippi Landmark, the campus is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Projected enrollment||*Approximately 300 juniors
and seniors in a residential setting (when in full operation).
*Nonresidential students who live within commuting distance may apply and be admitted if they meet admissions criteria and if space permits.
|Legislation||*House Bill 706 created
MSA during the 1999 regular Legislative Session.
*House Bill 1675 appropriated $11,900,000 for planning, building renovations, and new construction.
*During the 2001 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 3158 authorized the issuance of an additional $7 million in bonds to continue restoration and construction.
|II. Community Partnerships|
|City of Brookhaven||*Collaborated with Brookhaven
Trust to renovate Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium, dedicated in Spring 1999.
*Transferred the Whitworth College Campus to the State of Mississippi in Spring 2000.
*Donated $3,000,000 in bond proceeds.
*$1,500,000 HUD grant for campus improvements.
|Brookhaven School District||Students will take some non-arts courses at Brookhaven High School, located approximately one-half mile from MSA. Shared arts facilities at Brookhaven High School will accommodate dance, music, and theatre performances until a performing arts center is built on the Whitworth Campus.|
|III. Campus Restoration and New Construction|
|Administrative offices||Lampton Auditorium is the only functional building on site at this time, and houses the temporary administrative offices of the MSA.|
|Restoration and new construction||Albert and Associates Architects, P.A. of Hattiesburg, working with the Department of Archives and History.|
and new construction is occurring in three phases.
Phase II, Part 1
Phase II, Part 2
|IV. Program Implementation|
|Program Implementation||Phased in over four years.|
|Programs of study - School year||*2003-2004
Visual arts, vocal music, theatre (juniors only).
|V. Eligibility/Student Selection|
|Requirements||*Students must qualify to
be in the eleventh (11th) grade (10 Carnegie units).
*Any student who is a Mississippi resident will be eligible for attendance at MSA where the focus will be on in-depth studies in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts and humanities.
*Admission will be competitive and will involve application, on-site interviews, auditions, and review of portfolios and/or performances as well as other academic requirements.
|Costs||The costs for attendance are supported through legislative appropriations; however, families will be responsible for some incidental expenses such as student activity fees, and laundry.|