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Big Week for Maine Arts Ed

July 28, 2014

This is a BIG WEEK for Arts Education in Maine!!


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We have more than 90 educators attending the Summit on Arts Education at USM, Portland campus on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and almost half of those will also be attending on Friday for the Teacher Leader day. Included on the attendee list are dance, music, theatre, and visual arts PK-12 teachers, teaching artists, other educators, and representatives from arts organizations and the university. There are 13 teams participating. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Leadership team and Teacher Leaders have been crazy busy with the agenda planning that will be full of rich learning opportunities.

Included on the agenda:

  • Sessions on Assessment, Leadership, Student-centered, Standards-based, Proficiency, Advocacy, Arts Integration, Creativity, Literacy, Technology and much more provided by MAAI teacher leaders, leadership team, members, Lesley University staff, technology integrators from NC, MLTI, and MICDL, and teaching artists
  • The unveiling of the Teacher Leader Resource Bank by Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission
  • An electronic discussion with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) who are at a conference in Washington, DC this week
  • Arts Education Program Director, Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts will be presenting a session on Leadership and Advocacy
  • Stories and examples from MAAI Teacher Leaders
  • Time for networking with other Maine educators
  • Arts Education organizations, higher ed representatives, and community groups will be exhibiting and sharing information
  • The opportunity to create an Individual Action Plan and/or a Team Action Plan to implement back home in teachers school districts

Teachers who are attending the Summit will receive contact hours, CEUs or graduate credit.

If you have not registered for the Summit you may still do so no later than TODAY by clicking here For more information please click here



Maine Focus Groups and Community Conversations – don’t miss this opportunity!

Are you interested in joining others interested in arts education to talk about the future of arts education in Maine? If so, please plan on attending the event on

Tuesday, July 29, 7:00-8:00pm at the Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.27.24 PMWe have a wonderful opportunity to help influence the future of our community and the future of our state. Please join me  to participate in a discussion about the kinds of creative opportunities and activities you would like to see available for our residents, our children, and our families. Often times, plans are created for us, instead of with us they miss the mark and we miss the opportunity to see what we value included in the mix.

If you have questions about either of these opportunities taking place this week please don’t hesitate to email me at


The Gifts of Music

July 26, 2014

Clinic for students and evening concert


Students interested in attending the afternoon clinic should RSVP

Students who participate in the clinic with Brad and Peter will be incorporated into the evening performance.


7 More Days!

July 22, 2014

There is still time to register

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtRtThe Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leaders are busy putting the last minute touches on their presentations, the food is ordered, the space is ready to go, the participant bags are being stuffed full of information, and the excitement is intense at the Maine Arts Commission. The Summit on Arts Education is only a week away!

Not a day goes by that I don’t receive an email or a phone call from someone inquiring about the Summit on Arts Education being held July 29-31, USM, Portland. Just when I think that everyone who wants to attend has registered or that there can’t possibly be someone who hasn’t registered that wants to attend. Sooooo… if you are still thinking about attending please don’t hesitate any longer. For more information please click here and to go directly to registration please click here If you have questions please email me at

And, if you are an arts organization and would like to join us for Wednesday morning only, July 30, for a Carousel. The morning is designed for organizations who wish to provide information for Summit participants to learn about what there is available for arts education opportunities for field trips, etc. Please contact me if you think this might be a match for your organization. Deadline for this is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23.

The Summit is designed for you to attend as an individual or part of a team to receive professional development in assessment, leadership, technology, and teaching and learning for the 21st century curriculum. Topics include proficiency, standards-based teaching and learning, student-centered, arts integration and more. You will create a plan that fits your needs in your classroom, school, and district.

I hope you can join us for this first time MAAI offered learning opportunity!






Greek Flash Dance

July 21, 2014

Wonderful video on YouTube

Many of you know that I am Greek. When Karen Montanaro sent me this link I am guessing that she had no idea how much it would move me. I had tears streaming down my face and before I knew it I was on my feet dancing. If you ask me, it is the best Flash Mob ever! The Ottawa Greek Festival committee used the opportunity to promote their upcoming festival. Enjoy!


In Today’s News

July 20, 2014

Aaron Robinson

So cool to see Aaron Robinson in the Maine Sunday Telegram Audience section today. Aaron is a former student of mine and one of those students who had a great deal of spirit, energy, and a smile on his face. Now many years later (Aaron is 43) he has been busy writing music. This week at the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle “The Legend of Jim Cullen” opens. When he started composing it,  Aaron didn’t know much about the lynching of Jim Cullen. The true story is about a “Canadian immigrant lynched in 1873 by a mob in northern Maine”.

Aaron was the music director for many shows at the Good Theater in Portland and the music director for Immanuel Baptist Church, where he created “Black Nativity – In Concert: A Gospel Celebration”. He has several CDs and was presented a regional Award nomination for his work on MPBN’s “Maine Arts!” series.

The article ends with this paragraph:

HIS TRAINING: Brian Allen, co-founder and artistic director at Good Theater, Braley and Robinson all graduated from Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. “In the 80s, that was a wonderful place. We had a slew of teachers and an administration who were art-oriented, big time. They instilled strong values in so many kids. It was a magical place. To know how much art and theater came out of there is really amazing.”

It is great to read about Aaron and hope you will take the time to read the entire article which written by Bob Keyes and located at






ZOOM Planning

July 15, 2014

Getting ready

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 11.23.53 PMMany of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leaders and Leadership Team have been working (almost) around the clock getting ready for the Arts Education Summit happening on July 29-31 at USM, Portland campus. The Summit is chock full of sessions facilitated by educators with years of experience in teaching and assessment practices. To learn more please click here.

During the last three summers the MAAI has provided a summer institute for teachers interested in being Teacher Leaders. The feedback we received from many teachers included requests to provide summer extended professional development for everyone, not just those who wish to be MAAI Teacher Leaders.

Recently several of the Teacher Leaders planning the Summit came together for a planning meeting using which provides video conferencing. MAAI has been using it for meetings recently and found it very simple and reliable! Above is an image that I took (screen shot) during the meeting attended by 16 educators. Direct registration to the Summit can be accessed by clicking here.

MAAI is continually breaking new territory to meet the needs of arts educators across the state which we know ultimately impacts arts education and all students. It is not to late to register for the Summit! Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity! Please contact me by email if you have any questions at The image below is arts educators (plus 1) jamming last year at the MAAI summer institute.

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Carrot Clarinet

July 8, 2014

Continue the Creativity conversation

Yesterday I shared a link to Peter Reynolds from FableVision info asking: What does Creativity mean to you? Today, I am sharing a YouTube video that is a TED Talk given in April at TEDxSydney 2014 by Linsey Pollak. Linsey defines creativity as putting together two previously unrelated things, could be objects or ideas, and creating something new. And, Linsey proceeds to demonstrate how to make a carrot into a clarinet. It has a saxophone mouth piece and a funnel for the bell. It might just make you think about what other foods could be used to create an instrument!! And, just what is creativity?

Thank you to Bangor art teacher Kal Elmore for sharing this link.


Happy Birthday America!

July 4, 2014

I love a Parade!

I love the parades, flags, bands, balloons, fireworks, uniforms, color guards, music, old cars, firetrucks, chicken bar-be-cues, costumes, floats, horses, beauty queen waves, and funny glasses! Most of all I love that families come together and laugh and enjoy each others company! All in the name of celebrating our country, the United States of America, on the 238th birthday! Happy Birthday America and best wishes for a safe and fun holiday!


Be sure and check out today’s Google Doodle of the animated marching band and John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Strips Forever preformed as performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.


iPads Even the Playing Field in Band

June 29, 2014

NPR story

I suggest that you listen to this NPR piece called iPads Allow Kids With Challenges to Play in High School’s Band. It addresses the topic and also provides light how fortunate we are in Maine to have 1-2-1 laptop devices. It is easy to forget.

The link is embedded here so others can access the information provided. I am embedding the link here so you can access the story. If you’d rather just read the story please click here.

Thanks to Kevin Facer for sending this link.





June 28, 2014


NEMC PSO Concert Information


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