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December 2, 2016

Sweet Tree Arts – Friday, December 9

Brendan Taafee performs at Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church Street, Hope. He will bring Crankies and Ballads from Appalachia and Africa. Learn more about Brendan by CLICKING HERE.

 

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Wondering what Crankie art is?

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Arts Advocacy Day

December 1, 2016

Get Your Students Involved in Advocacy Day 2017!

Arts students became arts advocates at last year’s Arts Education Advocacy Day.  The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and its community arts organization partners around the state invited arts teachers to send their screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-2-28-16-pmmost enthusiastic students to meet one-on-one with their elected representatives at the Statehouse. Close to 200 students came, representing every arts discipline and over half of the senate and house districts. The legislators were delighted to meet with the students and in some cases brought them right into their offices and Senate and House chambers.

And meeting their legislators was only the beginning. At a dance workshop and performances downstairs in the Hall of Flags the students had an opportunity to meet each other and celebrate the arts together.

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-2-30-17-pmThe statewide expression of arts education support was also reflected by the exhibit tables in the Hall of Flags, which were organized county by county. Deb Bickford’s Westbrook High School art team provided identifying signs.

At Advocacy Day 2017 on Wednesday, March 8th, we will not only welcome the students again; this year a committee of students from around the state will be helping to plan the day’s activities. We already have some new ideas to help students meet each other, and to make the day even more exciting. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by 1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. We’ll be looking for two student advocates (of any age) from each state legislative district (note: that’s legislative, not school district). We hope you as arts educators can help us recruit those students and offer them that opportunity. And if you can come too, so much the better!

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-2-30-03-pmTo get involved and find out more, contact Susan Potters, MAAE director, at spotters@maineartsed.org. For a full report and more photos of last spring’s Advocacy Day, visit MAAE’s website, www.maineartsed.org.
 At Advocacy Day 2017 on Wednesday, March 8th, we will not only welcome the students again; this year a committee of students from around the state will be helping to plan the day’s activities.  We already have some new ideas to help students meet each other, and to make the day even more exciting.

Thanks to Susan Potters for providing the information for this blog post.

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In Today’s News

November 30, 2016

Amy: “I thought, how can I help teach more compassion and empathy and love? There must be a way to do that through music.

Photograph by Ben McCanna

Photograph by Ben McCanna

Biddeford Middle School music educator Amy Delorge is changing the way she teaches in response to what she’s observed since the recent election. She’s teaching students about social justice. In the spring, the school’s 120 band students will learn, through music, about the Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II, Delorge said. She was led to that decision, she said, by the recent turmoil surrounding the presidential campaign and a film she saw at an Asian-American film festival last summer.

Congratulations goes to Amy as one of 25 semifinalists nationwide for a “music educator of the year” award given by Music & Arts, a nationwide retailer of band and orchestra equipment. The winner will be named Dec. 15.
To read the entire article from the Portland Press Herald, written by Noel K. Gallagher, please CLICK HERE.

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In Today’s News

November 29, 2016

Funding available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: ANDREA NEMITZ
November 29, 2016                                                                                 1-877-700-6800

MINSKY FUND FOR ARTS EDUCATION OFFERS GRANTS
TO PENOBSCOT AND WASHINGTON COUNTY TEACHERS

ELLSWORTH—The Maine Community Foundation invites teachers at Penobscot County and Washington County public elementary schools to apply for support to bring the arts into their classrooms.

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education will grant up to six awards, up to $1,000 each, to teachers in grades 3 to 5 who want to integrate art into the standard curriculum.

The fund’s advisory committee is particularly interested in funding innovative and collaborative projects with professional artists from the visual and/or performing arts, including but not limited to film, video, and other media; theater arts, music, and dance; and creative writing.

Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and applications are available at http://www.mainecf.org. For more information, contact Cathy Melio at cmelio@mainecf.org or by phone, toll-free, at (877) 700-6800.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. For questions or more information, visit http://www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.

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Ticket to Ride Funding Available

November 29, 2016

Just in time

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-10-19-11-pmWe’ve just learned that funding is once again available for the Maine Arts Commission Ticket to Ride program. If you are unfamiliar with the program below is the information.

The Ticket to Ride program began in 2010 with start up funding provided by the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust and matched by the Maine Arts Commission. In 2011, the agency received support from the Betterment Fund that will allow the program to continue for an additional three years.

The program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum. Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any PK-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

Ticket to Ride is the Maine Arts Commission’s response to the decline in school day student attendance at Maine arts based venues and events. This decline has been directly linked to the increase in cost of transportation and has impacted both Maine students as well as the venues and organizations that rely on the sale of student tickets to fuel the creative economy and to provide out of school arts education.

Ticket to Ride is designed for ease of administration; school personnel need only download and complete a two-page document to be eligible for funding. The only other requirement is the submission of follow-up documentation that includes teacher feedback and student work samples of the experience. This final report helps the Maine Arts Commission secure funding to continue the Ticket to Ride program.

The Maine Arts Commission respectfully requests that Ticket to Ride funds not be used to replace existing transportation funds in school budgets but rather to supplement them when necessary. Schools are welcome to use Ticket to Ride funds in combination with transportation funds that may be available from individual Maine arts based venues and events.

For program guidelines and access the application please CLICK HERE.

 

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Data Visualization

November 28, 2016

And visual communication

Two woman, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, met each other and within a short time decided to start a collaborative project. Georgia is from New York and Stefanie from London. They were struck by how many similarities they shared, both personal and work. They challenged themselves to get to know each other better and they did this using data. Each week they sent each other a postcard filled with information. They told stories and in doing so learned about each other. They call their project Dear Data and after a year they became very good friends.

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image from the website

In their own words: “This was a project where we put all of ourselves as human beings and designers into this radical experimentation: approaching the data we collected from as snapshots of our days and lives, and sketching our personalities for the other person to discover with the most contemporary material, data.

They put the 104 post cards into a book and they’ve received awards and recognition beyond their wildest dreams. And, in early November Dear Data has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) for their permanent collection.

Read more about this fantastic idea by CLICKING HERE.

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Gallery Walk

November 27, 2016

The Art of Ed

From the blog, The Art of Ed, Why Your Next Critique Should Be A Gallery Walk. Check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Below are some possible jumping off questions suggested from the post:

  • What do you think is the message of my piece?
  • What does the symbolism say about me?
  • What do you feel is the biggest strength in my composition?
  • How could I use my negative space differently?
  • What do you think I can improve most for next time?
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