The Delta Cultural Center in Helena/West Helena will offer a yearlong program for youth, the DCC Arts and Cultural Education Program, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

A press release from DCC Director Dr. Kyle T. Miller said the program will “utillize history, scriptwriting and dramatic performance to enhance students’ reading, writing and oratory skills. Students in the program will research the lives of people buried in three historical sites — the Dixon, Magnolia and Confederate cemeteries — and present a living history program similar to the Parkview High School’s Tales From the Crypt at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.

Also supporting the project are  KIPP-Delta Preparatory School, the Helena-West Helena School District, Desoto Academy, Great Rivers Co-op and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.

According to the press release, the project will begin this summer and will “serve both charter and public school” students (an interesting construct, since charter schools receive public dollars).