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Theater at Monmouth

September 23, 2017

Shakespeare in Maine Communities program

Since 2005, Theater at Monmouth’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities program has brought the Bard to Middle and High School students throughout Maine. For 2017, TAM will tour A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a company of seven actors from October 10 through 27. Each performance includes one complimentary workshop. Performances are also available in Cumston Hall on October 12 and 13. For more information visit the Theater at Monmouth site. Scholarships and Multi-School Discounts are available.

http://theateratmonmouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2017-ShakesME-Midsummer-Brochure-6-5-17.pdf

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All-National Ensembles

September 22, 2017

Orlando, FL

CONGRATULATIONS

The following students will be representing Maine in the All-National Ensembles in Orlando, Florida, November 26-29. Thank you to the music educators who have helped prepare these students on their musical journeys!

  • SOPHIE BLAIR, percussion – Brunswick, Teacher: Mike Scarpone
  • KATARINA BOJARSKI, euphonium – Brunswick, Teacher: Mike Scarpone
  • JASON ALMQUIST, tuba – Lewiston, Teacher: Jenna Nelson
  • AARON BROWN, bassoon – Massabesic, Teacher: Adam Goad
  • ELIJAH CARET, horn – Massabesic, Teacher: Andy Forster
  • AUBREY FOSSETT, horn – Waterville, Teacher: Sue Barre
  • BENJAMIN ALFORD, bass – Gould, Teacher: James McLaughlin
  • BENJAMIN BAUMGARTE, tenor – Brunswick, Teacher: Ashley Albert
  • CORRIGAN FARNHAM, soprano – Greeley, Teacher: Sarah Bailey
  • LOGAN GILLIS, alto – Brunswick, Teacher: Ashley Albert
  • CHRISTOPHER HASCALL, tenor – Bonney Eagle, Teacher: Allen Thomas
  • CALEB RANDALL, bass – Sanford, Teacher: Jane Kirton
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POL Registration is Open

September 21, 2017

Poetry Out Loud for high school students

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce that school registration for the 2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud program is now open. Schools can find online all information about the program and register quickly and easily. The registration deadline is November 6, 2017. Immediately following registration, each school’s identified contact teacher will be sent program materials and teacher toolkits, which include the newly revised Poetry Out Loud 2017-2018 Teacher’s Guide, for all participating teachers/staff members.

REGISTER NOW!

Poetry Out Loud is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation; it is administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. Begun in high schools nationwide in 2006, this dynamic program encourages our nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Students have the opportunity to choose from among 900+ poems in the official Poetry Out Loud anthology and then bring their selected poems to life. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. In addition to providing a meaningful educational experience of poetry in written and spoken form, over $100,000 in awards is given to successful students and schools at the state and national level, including $20,000 awarded to the National Champion.


Poetry Out Loud offers high school teachers an easy-to-use, standards-based program to help students discover a range of poets from Emily Dickinson to Richard Blanco to Gwendolyn Brooks. Participating teachers receive free materials including a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and access to audio-visual materials on the art of recitation.

We are thrilled that over 9,500 students and 205 teachers from 42 high schools across Maine participated in Poetry Out Loud in 2016-2017. We anticipate that this school year will be just as exciting and we encourage all teachers to consider giving their students throughout your school the opportunity to shine in this nationwide celebration of poetry!

Gabrielle Cooper, 2017 Maine State Poetry Out Loud Champ, Gardiner Area High School

You can view a brief video of Maine’s 2017 Top 10 Poetry Out Loud finalists discussing what poetry and performance art means to them. Highlights from the 2017 regional and state finals are also included.

Available to view and share is the promotional national videos entitled “Get involved in POL!” and “Why Poetry Out Loud?” Additionally, we recommend that you share a short article from The Atlantic entitled “Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important” (April 2014) with students, teaching colleagues, administrators and parents. It is our hope that these resources may help you publicize Poetry Out Loud in your school and support your school’s participation in the program this year.

Please note that Poetry Out Loud can take place in your school anytime between now and January 8, 2018, as the program does not require full class periods and can be completed in just two to three weeks; however, teachers are encouraged to consider making Poetry Out Loud a larger part of their school’s curriculum. Specific lesson plans as well as an explanation of the alignment with both the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Standards and Common Core State Standards are available.

Timeline 

September – November 2017 School Registration (ongoing)
November 6, 2017 Last day to register for Poetry Out Loud
January 8, 2018 Last day for school-wide competitions
January 16, 2018 Last day for Regional Finals Registration
January 22, 2018

January 25, 2018

Last day for Regional Workshop Registration

Northern Regional Workshop (4-6 p.m.)

(Hampden Academy)

January 30, 2018 Snow date for Northern Regional Workshop
February 5, 2018 Southern Regional Workshop (4-6 p.m.)

(Portland Public Library)

February 6, 2018 Snow date for Southern Regional Workshop
February 12, 2018 Northern Maine Regional Finals

(Performing Arts Center, Hampden Academy)

February 13, 2018 Snow date for Northern Maine Regional Finals
February 28, 2018 Southern Maine Regional Finals

(venue to be announced)

March 2, 2018 Snow date for Southern Maine Regional Finals
March 12, 2018 Maine State Finals (Waterville Opera House)
March 13, 2018 Snow date for Maine State Finals
April 23-25, 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals (Washington, DC)

 

Maine State Finals POL participants

If we can provide any assistance with registration or program planning for your school’s Poetry Out Loud program, please contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

 

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Arts Education Exchange

September 20, 2017

Friday, October 6

Does your organization provide some type of visual or performing arts education programming?

If so, YOU’RE INVITED to join the Arts Education Exchange on Friday, October 6, 1:00 – 4:30 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

The Maine Arts Commission has planned an opportunity for community arts centers/organizations, visual and/or performing arts focused schools, museums, and galleries who offer education programs to meet for an afternoon of idea exchange.

PURPOSE

The purpose will be to meet and learn from each other by sharing information and resources, exchanging ideas about education programs, and collaborative thinking. This will be a great networking opportunity.

This first Arts Education Exchange will take place at the Farnsworth Art Museum on Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 and hopefully, in the future the gathering will take place at other locations in the state.

If you are interested in attending please complete the ARTS EDUCATION EXCHANGE REGISTRATION. If you can not attend on October 6 but are interested in future exchanges please complete the survey at the registration link and indicate your interest. If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

DATE

Friday, October 6, 2017

This date is also when the last First Friday of the year will take place in Rockland, sponsored by the Arts in Rockland (AIR).

TIME

1:00 – 4:30

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to offer this opportunity and grateful to the Farnsworth Art Museum for hosting this event.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The Farnsworth Art Museum is located at 16 Museum Street, Rockland. Driving directions THIS LINK.
  • The Farnsworth education staff invites you to visit the museum at no cost – come early or stay late (open 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Wyeth Center closes at 5:00 p.m.).
  • Consider staying into the evening for Rockland’s last First Friday, organized by the Arts in Rockland (AIR). At 8 p.m.
  • The Farnsworth is showing a First Friday Film at the Strand Theatre, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art. More details located HERE.

If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Haystack

September 19, 2017

MAEA Fall Conference

Almost 100 visual art educators traveled to Deer Isle Maine for the annual 3-day conference. Some had to drive 5 hours to get there. When I reach the bridge over to the island and smell the salt air and see the seabirds flying, I know whoever has made the long trip, doesn’t question its worth. The conference is held at the beautiful Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA). The organization stands on the shoulders of giants and many of those names were mentioned over the weekend.

MALI Teacher Leaders

THANK YOU

A HUGE THANK YOU to Carolyn Brown for chairing the conference and to all of the Maine Art Education board members and the organization members who volunteer to do the hours of work to make the conference so wonderful!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A GREAT learning opportunity
  • Delicious food
  • Beautiful environment
  • Opportunity to meet art teachers from across the state
  • Amazing people who are open to sharing, exchanging ideas, and providing support
  • A wonderful feeling of community

Yes, that is guacamole

Comments

  • The opportunity to learn is amazing; like no other that I have
  • I get to feel what my students feel while learning something new
  • I look around and wonder if my art is good enough and I remember we’re all in this together
  • What an opportunity to push my limits
  • I’m learning at full speed
  • Now I can go back to my school feeling totally nourished

Workshop offerings

  • Expanding Your Fiber Universe: Lissa Hunter

  • Block Printmaking – Balance and Texture: Holly Berry

  • Exploring the Basics of BronzClay Jewelry Fabrication: Nisa Smiley

  • Visual Journaling: Sandy Weisman

  • Making Animal Sculptures with Clay using Enclosed Forms and Additions: Tim Christensen

  • Bringing Digital Fabrication into your Curriculum: Elliot Clapp

  • Experimental Watercolor Painting: Erica Qualey

  • Past to Present: Personal Found Object Assemblage Inspired by Shrines, Alters, and Reliquaries: Stephanie Leonard and Suzanne Southworth

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Gifted/Talented 690

September 18, 2017

Endorsement course available

EDE 327 EDUCATING GIFTED & TALENTED LEARNERS

Have you thought of getting your Gifted/Talented 690 Endorsement?
 
This online course is a great way to start, or to work toward your recertification for 4.5 CEUs.
 
You will meet Grace Jacobs, our new Gifted Talented faculty instructor and a practicing GT specialist.
 
EDE 527 Educating Gifted and Talented Learners starts on October 2, 2017.
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Who Are They? Wintergreen Arts Center – Part 6

September 17, 2017

Under the Willow Tree, a Creative Preschool

This blog post is one of a 6-part series about the Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle.  Wintergreen provides creative experiences that empower the young and young-at-heart to imagine, invent, and innovate. With quality arts education programming for children of all ages, family-friendly signature events, and adult programs, Wintergreen works with several community partners to deliver inspiring opportunities to help individuals bloom and Aroostook County thrive. Dottie Hutchins is Wintergreen’s executive director. You can learn more at www.wintergreenarts.org

SNOW Sensory Table

On September 6, 2016, Wintergreen launched its creative preschool, Under the Willow Tree. The preschool was born from a very real need in the community—quality programming for preschool aged children. Our roster filled, even overflowed, and we currently have waiting lists for multiple years out. The need for creative choices in early childhood development is great and parent feedback keeps our program moving in the right direction.

Under the Willow Tree is an educational program for children ages three to five years old. It is open to an ideal class size of 14 students and meets Monday through Thursday mornings. The preschool implements a child-centered approach using small-group and hands-on activities to provide students with a diverse learning environment. The program teachers give instruction and guidance to children in ways that foster imagination, creativity, and critical thinking. The creative preschool program uses a variety of teaching tools and resources that engage all the senses and give students the opportunity to learn at their own pace.

Officer Kris and his Junior Wintergreen Officers

Presque Isle Police Officer Kris Beck was the first to visit Under the Willow Tree.

One item on the curriculum engages the students with individual community helpers. From police officers to firefighters, librarians and architects, the children fully embraced the idea of learning more about people who help our community.

“Inviting people like Officer Beck into the classroom is important for early career education and exploration,” said Mrs. Jillian Harris, Wintergreen preschool teacher. “It also introduces children to people who help to make our communities safe and successful.”

Officer Beck talked with the children about his job to protect and serve the community. He also allowed them to sit inside his patrol vehicle and ask questions about his uniform and the equipment he carries to perform his duties throughout the day.

In preparation for Officer Beck’s visit, the children worked all week making their own uniforms out of paper grocery sacks. They painted their uniforms blue and also made badges, hats, and stop signs to carry. The entire class was excited to meet Officer Beck and show off their uniforms.

2017_04_26_Mia Brewer visits PreschoolCommunity helpers who visit with Wintergreen’s preschool students are not always adults. Last April, 10-year-old autism self-advocate Mia Brewer visited Under the Willow Tree where she read a story, played with, and talked to the children.

Mia has autism and she also has a sister with autism whose needs and challenges are very different than her own.

“Mia doesn’t want to be or wish to be different, she likes being Mia,” said Lisa Brewer, Mia’s mother and Wintergreen preschool teacher. “We think our students agree that Mia is perfect just the way she is.”

In June 2017, Wintergreen celebrated their very first graduating class of creative preschoolers from Under the Willow Tree.  These children will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

On September 5, 2017, Co-Teachers Lisa Brewer and Katie Greenlaw welcomed a brand new class and look forward to another year of creative learning and exploration. The relationships and memories these children are making will last a lifetime.

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