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Bay Chamber Summer Events

June 25, 2017

Free opportunities for all ages

Bay Chamber is excited to present several free offerings this summer to spread the joy and wondrous sounds of music to everyone in Midcoast Maine. I attended the Music on the Water event last year and it was a blast. Got a boat? Grab it and join me on Megunticook Lake in Camden!

Tuesday 25 July – 9:30AM – Zoot Coffee 

MORNING COFFEE CONCERT 

CHRISTOPHER COSTANZA, cello

Much-loved musician Christopher Costanza performs in this bustling and inviting café on Elm Street – FREE!

Saturday 5 August – 6PM – Megunticook Lake 

MUSIC ON THE LAKE 

A follow up to our hugely successful lake concert last year; join us for a musical happening featuring New York City band BROWN RICE FAMILY on Megunticook Lake – FREE!

Wednesday 9 August – 5PM – Union Hall

ENVISION FACULTY PERFORMANCE – MUSICAL TAPAS 

Josie and Sophie Davis, Anna and Maya French, Nate Martin and Colin Wheatley present an intimate evening of music for strings. The program includes seldom performed duos and trios Dvorak and Gliére, and a group performance of traditional Celtic music. Come relish in this FREE, pre-dinner concert.

Wednesday 16 August – 11AM – Union Hall

YOGA CLASS WITH PALAVER STRINGS

Palaver Strings will present a family-friendly yoga class, complete with live music. Yoga teachers, Missy Hatch and Rachel Nixon will choreograph the movements to the music. All welcome!

Friday 11 August – 4PM – Union Hall 

ENVISION WORKSHOP SHARING

Envision is an intense, weeklong workshop, offering young musicians the opportunity to study chamber music under the direction of professional musicians. Students will receive coaching from Sophieand Josie Davis, Maya French, Nate Martin, Christina Spurling and Colin Wheatley, with additional art activities and workshops.

Please join us to hear the musicians of tomorrow in this FREEculminating performance of Bay Chamber’s Envision program, supporting youth-focused music making and studies.

Sunday 13 August – 5:00PM – Rockport Marine Park 

JAZZ ON THE WATER 

FREE outdoor jazz performance on picturesque Rockport Harbor. A prestigious ensemble of artists from around the world come together to play for the Creative Ensemble Collective, a nonprofit organization fostering exceptional and diverse music. The concert this year will explore the development of jazz in the 20th century. This unique musical journey will reveal the music’s unwavering loyalty to its roots in blues and dance, as well as its restless spirit of innovation and change.

Thursday 17 August – 1PM – Camden Village Green 

SIXTH FLOOR TRIO PLAYS ON THE GREEN

This adventurous trio plays a free concert on the Camden Village Green. Bring a picnic and join these exceptional musicians for a fun interactive outdoor concert.

Friday 18 August – 1PM – Camden Village Green 

PALAVER STRINGS PLAY ON THE GREEN 

Our much loved resident string ensemble plays outdoors on the Camden Village Green; join us for a free lunchtime concert.

Programs and artists may be subject to change 

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MOFGA

June 24, 2017

Opportunity for all ages

2015 fair poster

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) invites Maine residents and MOFGA members (regardless of residence) to submit a design for our 2018 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Design Contest. The Common Ground Country Fair poster is the highly regarded image that promotes MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living.

The winning artist receives $2,500, a press release, and is highlighted in MOFGA’s quarterly newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The selected design is also featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and in promotional literature.
The theme of the design must align with MOFGA’s mission and the general guidelines for participating in the Fair. We welcome all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions by August 4, 2017.  The poster guidelines and application are available atwww.mofga.org/TheFair/Poster.
For more information please contact the Fair office at commonground@mofga.org.
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School Leaders

June 23, 2017

Arts Ed Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is dedicated to securing a high quality arts education for every young person in America. A national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations, AEP was created in 1995 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the Council of Chief State School Of cers and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. www.aep-arts.org

WHAT SCHOOL LEADERS CAN DO TO INCREASE ARTS EDUCATION IN THEIR SCHOOLS:

School principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education. In a time of shrinking budgets and shifting priorities, AEP’s practical guide, which was commissioned by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, provides three recommendations for keeping the arts strong in their schools:

  • Establish a school-wide commitment to arts learning.
  • Create an arts-rich learning environment.
  • Rethink the use of time and resources.

To download the report CLICK HERE.

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Happy Retirement!

June 22, 2017

Maine is fortunate to have such marvelous educators!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on student development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2016-17, I know that you will join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state. I certainly appreciate the commitment from the following educators and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love!

  • LINDA BABB, RSU#25, Bucksport, visual art, 47 years
  • SUE BOISVERT, Scarborough, music
  • JIM BROWN, China Middle School, music. 16+ years
  • MARY DEVENNEY, Erskine Academy, visual art, 18 wonderful years
  • DEBBIE DiGREGORIO, C.K. Burns School, Saco, visual art, 32 years
  • PAUL GREENSTONE, Lake Region High School + other schools over the years, music, 40+ years of teaching
  • SUSAN HANSON, Blue Point and Eight Corners School, grades K-2, visual art, 31 years
  • KENNETH JONES, North Haven Community School, grades K-12, visual art, dance, theater, 24 years
  • MARGIE LANDIS, Mt. Ararat High School, music, 30 years
  • BETH LIBBY, Wentworth School, grades 3-5, visual art, 36 years
  • ROBERT HELSTROM, Hodgdon, music
  • CHERYL McGOWAN, Skowhegan Area Middle School, music, 36 very full years
  • BETTY MCINTYRE, Windham High School, music, 32 years
  • PAUL SCHNELL, George E. Jack and Edna Libby Schools in Standish (SAD/RSU 6), incredible music teacher, 40 years
  • JOYCE St. PIERRE, Sanford Schools, elementary visual art, 40 years
  • SARAH STUART, Mattanawcook Junior High School, Lincoln, visual art, 40 years
  • PAM TURCOTTE, Winthrop Grade School, visual art, 37 years
Together these teachers have taught for over 500 years! WOWZER! If you or someone you know is not on the list and retiring please email me and I’d be glad to add them to the list. Thanks!
In and email from Joyce St. Pierre
Art in a room, from a box going floor to floor and room to room, on a cart and in a beautiful art room….all my experiences.
Taught from 6 to 12 classes a day, in 4 to 7 buildings a week, in 22 schools located by lakes, in mountains, towns and cities!
Students ranged from pre-K to K – 6, HS, college, adult ed, and an alternative school.
It’s been fun, frustrating, exhilarating, challenging, expected and unexpected…all over and more…
I’ve worked with some of the best people in the world!
Wouldn’t have changed a thing.
In an email from Kenneth Jones
I have been the k-12 Visual Art teacher from 1998 to 2010 and since then I’ve taught Visual Art k-4 and 9-12. During the entire time I was also the k-12 Physical Education teacher from 1993-2017. Inside of the P.E. job I’ve leaned heavily on my BFA in Dance and Theater. I choreographed all of the John Wulp productions on North Haven (including “Islands”) and produced a Circus Arts presentation every other year for the past twelve years that is full of dance. Every three years I’ve led an “Empty Bowls” fund raiser- focused on a different food bank in Maine or in the world.
Janis (my wife and the k-12 French teacher at NHCS) are off to Durres, Albania where she has accepted a job teaching 2-8 French and TEFL English on the high school level at the Albanian College- Durres. I’ve been promised that they will find a way to keep me busy. I’m taking my bike so I will, very happily, peddle Albania .
Thank you for all of your support over the years. I have benefited tremendously from the conferences I have attended over the years. They serve such an important role for any teachers in isolated positions. I remember your journey to North Haven when North Haven was recognized for Excellence in the Arts. As I recall, it was a bit of a sloppy day on the water!
It has been quite a run on the island but we are both excited for this next adventure.
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Happy Summer!

June 21, 2017

First day

Today marks the “official” first day of summer. I realize that most schools are out for the summer break and that some schools are still in session. Whatever is happening in your life right now summer plans can be underway, if they aren’t already. What will you do this summer? How will you spend your time?  Thought about any books to read? Any professional development to attend? Any videos to view or courses to enroll in? Rewrite lessons, units, or course syllabi?

There are a variety of professional activities to engage your mind in many different ways. Once you take a deep breath and catch up on a little sleep, consider setting some goals for yourself. What will you do and where might it take you?

Consider the following online resources that you can take along almost wherever you go and get your summer thinking underway:

More information and suggestions for summer professional development that you can take the lead on will be posted on the blog in the near future.

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Americans for the Arts

June 20, 2017

Annual convention

Frank Stella – Hess Collection

I traveled to California last week for the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Arts Education Advisory Council meeting and the national conference. It was an exciting first trip for me to San Francisco. I was impressed with the city for many reasons. There is so much to see and do, much of it in walking distance. I arrived a couple days early to visit with a friend, a retired art teacher, who I had met during our trip to Japan in 2000 with the Fulbright program. It was great to catch up with her while visiting shops in China Town (the largest out of Asia), breathing in the smells of Little Italy, eating fish tacos in the waterfront area, sampling chocolate at Ghirardelli’s chocolate shop, and riding on the famous San Francisco trolley. We also visited the amazing Hess Collection of art in Napa Valley.

Downtown San Francisco

During the council meeting we were briefed on the advocacy work of AFTA and provided feedback on the priority education issues for AFTA. At the top of the list is programming on equity, diversity and inclusion. When we consider these topics they are very different for our rural state of Maine as compared to other parts of the country. I’m glad to be at the table sharing Maine’s ideas. AFTA is doing an amazing job of reaching out across the nation and providing face to face information as well as online resources.

The Arts Education Council walked to a school in the original downtown filled with amazing buildings that house the opera, symphony, theater, and city hall. The school was built in the 1800’s and will be the future site of an arts focused school. It is a beautiful old facility owned by the San Francisco Public Schools. We met with an energized veteran educator who is leading the work.

Chinatown

We spent some time with the other AFTA advisory panels and networks including Local Arts, Emerging Leaders, Private Sector, Public Art, and State Arts Action networks to work on AFTAs Strategic Plan. Interesting people from many organizations, large and small – all committed to the arts.

The conference was full of opportunities to learn and network. I was seeking information on Teaching Artist and community arts education programs so anything and anyone that was speaking that language, I reached out to. I attended a session called “The History of Arts-Cased Community Development” which provided a picture through the people – all giants – and their stories. The session was led by Maryo Ewell who has written a book that tells the story as well.

Bryan Stevenson

The highlight of the conference were two plenary sessions. The opening session keynote was provided by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a lawyer who is committed to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. He has been presented many awards for his work. He was an incredibly engaging speaker and emotionally moved the over 1000 audience members. Bryan’s TED Talk provides a picture of the clarity this man has on the topic of injustice.

Nancy Pelosi with Bob Lynch

The second session was with House Democratic Leader, US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. She and Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, had a conversation/question and answer period on the place for the arts in America at this time. She firmly believes that the arts provide the movement for what is right in our country. She is funny, articulate, and a very good story teller.

I returned to Maine from the long and energy filled focused arts days and nights with wonderful memories and a head full of new ideas to follow up with. When I think of San Francisco the image that I will remember clearly is a walk onto the Golden Gate Bridge with the light at the end of the day. I was fortunate to share the walk, filled with laughter and conversation, with colleagues from The Pablove Foundation in California, the Turnaround Arts program from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and from the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. I was humbled by these amazing people doing thoughtful arts education work, impacting thousands.

Golden Gate Bridge with colleagues from across the country.

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Thunderstorm

June 18, 2017

Memories

I came across the youtube video below and memories came rushing back.  As we close out another school year I just had to share. I wonder how many of you remember? I’ll never forget the statewide arts education conference in 2007 held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. It had been about 10 years since the last statewide conference had been held. The earlier ones planned for several years by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE). Carol Trimble was the Executive Director of MAAE at that time and she agreed to partner to plan the event. The professional organizations, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Very Special Arts, and the theater and dance educators were all in on the planning. Our goal was to provide the opportunity for visual and performing arts educators to come together for professional development.

We wanted to make it a celebratory event to highlight the impact that arts educators had across the state. First Lady Karen Baldacci welcomed everyone, Scott Shuler provided the key note on assessment, the Downeast Brass Quintet performed, the Maine Learning Results were rolled out, about 45 workshops were included on a variety of topics, we had an amazing gathering at the Farnsworth Art Museum with musicians from Camden Hills High School and Karen Montanaro performing, and the closing was a dance event with the Planet Pan Steel Drum band performing. We were pleasantly surprised to have 300 educators attend and we turned away 100 teachers.

One of the highlights and what triggered my memory of the conference this week was Mike Davis leading the participants in “rain making”. It was amazing! The power of the arts. If you were there I hope you remember the collaboration and the fun!

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