September 23, 2014  

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Hammond-White Honored by Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education

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Julie Hammond-White, left, receives her award from Penny Wallin, executive director of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. (Submitted photo)

Julie Hammond-White, an associate professor and director of dance education in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance, has been selected for the 2013 Excellence in Higher Education Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.

Hammond-White will be honored at the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Awards Ceremony July 17 during the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Institute at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian.

“The annual MAAE Arts Education Awards are a celebration of excellence to honor fellow Mississippians who are passionate about providing our students with arts education,” said Penny Wallin, executive director of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE). “It is a proven fact that integrating arts into curriculum in one form or another is not only essential to a child’s education, but necessary for their success.”

Hammond-White was recently awarded the Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters Teacher of the Year Award for her work in dance education and arts assessment. In her application, Hammond-White wrote, “Dance has always been my chief passion in life…and when I discovered teaching, I discovered my calling in life - dance is the way I can make a difference in the world, by empowering others to achieve their greatest potential…so that my students can effectively share the essential benefits and curricular standards of an education in dance.”

Established in 1974, the mission of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is to advocate for high quality, comprehensive and sequential arts education for all Mississippi students. For more information about the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education or the MAAE Arts Education Awards, please visit: http://www.msartsalliance.com.