Delta ARTS Alliance Construction Wall

Local artist, and Delta Arts Alliance (DAA) Art Instructor, Sarah Deason installed the Faces of KDS, a Self Portriat Installation Piece on Friday, February 2, 2007 with the assistance of DAA volunteers, Brig Aylward, Lori Hoskins, and Jesse Strassburg. Frames were donated by Adventure Frames of Cleveland. The collection will remain on the construction wall at 104 S. Court Street in Cleveland, Mississippi surrounding the Ellis Theater until exterior resotration is complete. The target completion date is April 16, 2007. Portraits were created by children in:

  • A.W. James Elementary School in Drew, Mississippi - After-School KDS Program, grades 1st - 3rd, teachers Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Jenkins
  • Parks Elementary School in Cleveland, Mississippi In-School KDS Program, 1st grade, teachers Mrs. Melton, Ms. Vance, Mrs. Rogers, Ms. Jones, Mrs. Waller, & Mrs. Walker
  • Saint Gabriel's Mercy Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi - After-School KDS Program, grades 1st - 5th, teachers Mr. Holloway & Mrs. Toole

The DAA / KDS Kids Program provides in-school and after-school arts education in delta schools at no cost to the children or school districts. Participating schools are McEvans Elementary in Shaw, Ruleville Elementary, Parks Elementary in Cleveland, I.T. Montgomery School and Saint Gabriel's Mercy Center in Mound Bayou, A.W. James Elementary School in Drew, and Ray Brooks School in Benoit. Funding is provided by the Kings Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two, Inc. and from the generous support of local arts patrons. Delta Arts Alliance Programming Chair, Dr. Lenagene Waldrup along with Sarah Deason plan and implement this ongoing program with the assistance of the aforementioned school districts.

Please ride by the installation if you are in our area, and send comments through this posting. If you would like to support Delta Arts Alliance arts programming or the Ellis Theater restoration, send your donation to Delta Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 763, Cleveland, MS 38732.

Lenagene Waldrup's Marbling Arts Workshop

Who? Adults (ages 16 +) (limited to 10 people)
What? Marbling Arts Workshop - Marbling is an ancient decorative printmaking technique and no two prints are alike. Thinned paints are floated on a thickened water surface and teased into patterns. These patterns can be picked up on paper, fabric, and other treated surfaces. Marbling is fun, easy, and like magic! No artistic talent is necessary. The fluid nature of this artform is amazingly restful if stress is an issue in your life. You’ll produce breathtaking papers from the very beginning. After creating beautiful papers, you will learn to use these papers for cards, books, origami, scrapbooking, and useful items for personal use and enjoyment and gifts. For those interested; time will be spent marbling fabric, especially suitable for silk scarves and original quilting fabric. Resources for materials will be discussed so that participants may continue marbling at home. Instructions will be given and time set aside for the creation of paste papers and suminagashi for those who want to pursue these additional art forms. When? 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.—April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2007
Where? Clarence and Milton Smith Agricultural Building—Enter and Park in Rear
How Much? $75—Supplies included—Bring Sack Lunch Make checks payable to Delta Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 763, Cleveland, MS 38732.
Call 662-843-3344 or e-mail with any questions.

Join Us March 31st for "Be A Star For The Arts"

Event Chair, Beverly Ray Card along with her committee are planning "Be A Star For The Arts" to be held at 106 S. Pearman Avenue (home of Jamie & Will Jacks), Cleveland, MS on March 31, 2007 from 6:30 p.m. till... The live auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Please e-mail Executive Director, Anna Long to request an invitation at You are also welcome to make your donation at the door. Highlights of the evening will be fabulous food, an art auction, and music. Committee chairpersons are: Auction Chair Cordelia Capps, Auction Vice-Chair Pami Howarth, Invitations Chair Mary Elizabeth Jeffreys, Decorations Chair Amanda Sanders Turner, Food Chair Beverly Ray Card, Food Vice-Chair Elizabeth Heiskel. Additional committee members are Mary McKay Lasker, Tammie Stapp, Mimi Dossett, Jim Seale, Will Jacks, Lenagene Waldrup, Nan Sanders, Jamie Cuming, Camille Warlick, Cindy Coopwood, Ann Dillworth, Aaron Lasker, Alice Murphy, Katie Jacks, Bob Willbanks, Emily Weaver and Robin McKnight. Please contact us if you'd like to be on the invitation list or donate original art by e-mailing Event Committee Chair, Beverly Ray Card at Our allstar lineup of contributing artists are:


  • Mike Ellis
  • Paul Hankins


  • David Dallas

The contributing artist list as well as other information will be updated daily on this post. Please check back frequently!!! Contact Executive Director, Anna Long with additional questions at 662-588-5594.

Our Mission

Cleveland, MS
Delta Arts Alliance (DAA) serves as a bridge to connect diverse cultures through their contribution to the arts and promotes a common vision for making the arts a more prominent part of daily life through cultivation and coordination of available resources. DAA serves residents of the MS Delta Region.