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Mega Regional Conference UMaine Orono

December 7, 2016

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI)

The Maine Arts Commission is happy to announce that registration is now open for the MALI Mega at UMaine Orono and you’re invited to look at the fantastic sessions planned and to register for Thursday, February 2.  The sessions and descriptions are included below and registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

mali_v1_color_100ppiDates and Locations

There are six Megas offered this year, at this time registration is available for those underlined.

The cost to attend each Mega is $25 (unless otherwise indicated). Contact hours for full participation – 5.5 contact hours. The Megas provide multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to engage in professional development specific to come together to deepen our knowledge, make connections, and learn from each other!

SESSIONS MEGA UMaine Orono

SESSION I

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-13-pmSLAM! Nurturing Student Leadership through Arts Advocacy

We will share and discuss the benefits of student leadership and creating interdependent advocacy communities. All grade levels. All content.

Theresa Cerceo Wisdom Middle/High School K-12 Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-37-10-pmNetworking within Local School Administrations to Increase Art Programming

Discussion and presentation of effective methods of empowering school administrators to commit to, and realize, increases in support for school art curricula and funding. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-20-pmEasy Jazz Improvisation Teaching Techniques for Nervous Beginners

Participants will learn simple frameworks for teaching jazz improvisation skills that work with nervous players, and beginner improvisers. Grades 7-12

Trevor Marcho Mattanawcook Academy Music

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-27-pm“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

Story is one of our most essential art forms – and also one of our most neglected crafts. Telling your story can take multiple forms and at the end of the day is as much about listening as communicating out. In this session we will play with crafting elevator speeches that keep rising as the building grows taller every year; ways to integrate data into the elevator. All grade levels. All content.

Linda Nelson Maine Arts Commission Assistant Director

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-35-pmArts Integration

When you are deeply engaged in Arts Integration you realize it is about learning with your mind, body and heart in the present moment.  This hands on workshop explores this idea through drama, music, movement, poetry, storytelling, and the visual arts. Come prepared to experience arts integration through your own individual lens in a safe environment.  All grade levels. All content. 

Lindsay Pinchbeck Director Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School

 

SESSION II

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-43-pmTeaching Hamilton in the Classroom

How to teach Hamilton in a theater arts class.  Grades 7-12 Music and Theatre

Jason Bannister  Troy Howard Middle School Grades 7-8 Performing Arts

 

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-49-pmWriting Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom

Writing is a life skill that is of critical importance to our students. I will share ways in which I have incorporated writing composition and critical responses in to my dance classroom. All grade levels. All content.

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-56-pmForming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Care and Feeding Teaching Artists as part of a Long Term Education Plan

Artist and Art teacher collaborate to present, discuss, and answer questions about building and using a successful teacher/visiting artist relationship, not to replace an art teacher, but as an important resource and teaching tool. Using their 5 years of history as a guide, they will chronicle their journey from meeting to developing month long integrated science/LA/art curriculum modules and expeditionary learning programs. They will discuss building consensus among faculty and staff, securing and managing funding sources, and gaining buy-in from students, the community, and decision makers in the school. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art Kristen Andersen Camden-Rockport Middle School Grades 6-8 Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-03-02-pmNext Step Rubric Makes Learning More Progressive

Educators will leave with strategies to put students on a continuum of learning that is teacher and student friendly. PK-12 Art and Music

Nancy Kinkade Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 5-8 Music Holly Leighton Mattanawcook Academy Visual Art

 

IMG_4336Looking in the Mirror: The Importance of Student Self-Reflection

Self-assessment is a crucial part of learning. In the arts, it is easy for us to see a concrete product of their learning and understanding of a topic. We don’t always see student learning that happens beneath the surface unless it is verbally or orally communicated. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students become more aware and take ownership of their learning. All grade levels.  All content.

Mandi Mitchell Hermon High School Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-03-10-pmUsing Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities

Learn how teaching using multiple intelligence can be a way to unlock learning goals for students with disabilities. All grade levels. All content.

Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist

Registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.

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USM Mega

December 6, 2016

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI)

Teachers are registering for the MALI Mega at USM Portland and I invite you to register as well. It is scheduled for Wednesday, January 4 at on the Portland campus of USM. The sessions and descriptions are included below and registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

Dates and Locations

There are six Megas offered this year, at this time registration is available for those underlined.

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The cost to attend each Mega is $25 (unless otherwise indicated). Contact hours for full participation – 5.5 contact hours. The Megas provide multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to engage in professional development specific to come together to deepen our knowledge, make connections, and learn from each other!

SESSIONS MEGA USM

SESSION I

The Role of the Digital Portfolio in Arts Advocacy, Assessment, and Student Ownership Learning

Introduction to the digital portfolio. How to implement student centered digital portfolios that promote student ownership of learning and assessment. Grades 7-12

Jackie Bousquet Traip Academy Visual Art

 

“Making Art History Come to Life with iBooks Author”

 Dive into iBooks Author to harness the power of developing multi-modal, Multi-Touch iBooks. You’ll learn features which make iBooks come to life for learners by incorporating audio files, 3D widgets, image glossaries, study cards, jailbreaking templates, and much more. Be prepared to create an art history chapter together. You can also use this app for making comics and graphic novels or creating art portfolios. This session is great for MLTI beginners and experts. MLTI MacBooks with iBooks Author preinstalled is encouraged. Grades 7-12
Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

Student’s Reflective Voice: Using the Artist Statement

This workshop, participants will explore the ways in which student voice and understanding within visual art creation can be expanded upon with the use of reflective writing using an Artist Statement. Grades 7-12

Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School, Grades 6-8 Visual Art

 

Assessing Singing in the Primary Grades

This workshop offers methodical strategies for assessing young children’s singing. Assessment logistics and tried and trusted rubrics will be provided as examples, along with ideas for formative assessment including self assessment. Grades K-4

Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School, Grade K-4 Music

 

More Cowbell

Playing and composing songs on your own is a blast for some, however there’s something special about making music in collaboration with other like-minded folks that just can’t be beat. In this hands-on, music making session, participants will use GarageBand to learn the basics of song writing and music production. Participants will have plenty of time to explore and experience the fun of collaborative music creation. Musicians of any and all skill levels are welcome. Make sure to bring your Mac and/or iOS device with GarageBand installed. All grade levels.
Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

 

Using Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities

Learn how teaching using multiple intelligence can be a way to unlock learning goals for students with disabilities. All grade levels. All content.

Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist

 

SLOs – Student Learning Objectives

The workshop will give a brief overview of Chapter 180, and focus on writing and implementing SLOs. Time will be provided to practice writing SLOs and receive feedback  All grade levels. All content.

MaryEllen Schaper Bonney Eagle Middle School, Grades 6-8 Dance

 

SESSION II

Stars and Stairs

Stars and Stairs, Where am I now and Where am I going? How can the use of Stars and Stairs in your classroom help to inform you and your students of their learning progression and actively engage them in the learning process. This will be a round table discussion. Looking at your standards and your curriculum how can you use the Stars and Stairs model in your classroom.  All grade levels.  All content.

Samantha Armstrong Paris Elementary School and Hebron Elementary
Schools, Grades K-6 Visual Art

Writing Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom

Writing is a life skill that is of critical importance to our students.  I will share ways in which I have incorporated writing composition and critical responses in to my dance classroom. All grades levels. All content.

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

Including Students with Disabilities in Your Art Classroom Using iMovie

Use stations and sites fostering independence to help students collect assets for creating art infused iMovie productions. This session will showcase how a green screen and some photos can provide opportunities for all learners to showcase their creative side. MLTI MacBooks with the most current version of iMovie is encouraged. All content. All grade levels.

Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

Reflections on Standards Based teaching and Learning

In this workshop participants will discuss ways to connect students with standards, methods of to make SBL visible for students and the use of a matrix to document teaching opportunities that are standards based. Grades 6-12

Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Art

Making 8-bit Art

Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection. In this session, we will focus on tools that assist in creating 8-bit images, animations, and music.  Please bring your MLTI MacBook. All grade levels.

Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

“Something from Nothing” or Costuming on a Budget

Hot glue, curtains, table cloths, children’s sleds, and ribbon – what do they all have in common? They can be ingeniously used to create authentic costumes for all plays.  Armed with this knowledge, you can devise a lesson in the designing of costumes for the stage for your students. If time permits, participants can brainstorm possible resources and ways to include students. Grades 9-12

Jean Phillips Wiscasset High School Theatre

Music Curriculum SLOs

Building SLO and Data Points from your Music Curriculum. Grades K-8

Cynthia Streznewski Woolwich Central School, Grades K-8 Music

 

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work with MALI: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.

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Maine Crafts Association

December 5, 2016

News from MCA

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The Center for Maine Craft, located in West Gardiner is a retail store and gallery selling and exhibiting the work of over 300 Maine craft artists. It the central location for Craft sales, education, and activities in our state. All work for sale at the Center is handcrafted by Maine craft artists or produced by small Maine companies.

CRAFT APPRENTICE PROGRAM

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-50-12-amApplication Deadline: December 9, 2016

The Maine Crafts Association is now accepting applications from Maine craft masters and apprentices for 2017 apprenticeships. Participants must be at least eighteen years of age, current Maine residents, and apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of Maine professionals for a first round elimination. The panel also interviews the finalist pairs with awards given to three or more joint applicants. Master and apprentice receive honorariums based on a recommended one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment. To learn more please CLICK HERE.

REGISTER SECONDS & SUPPLIES SALE – June 3, 2017
screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-50-24-amMember Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

An outdoor Maine Art and Craft Seconds & Supplies Sale will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Running with Scissors in Portland, Maine. The sale will provide an opportunity for the pubic and fellow artists to purchase studio supplies, material and equipment, as well as seconds (final products not quite right for full price retail or wholesale shows and stores) directly from Maine artists.

The sale is a co-production of Maine Crafts Association and Running with Scissors designed to support our members, have fun and help shift extra materials from people who don’t need them to people who do!

HOW to EXHIBIT
Vendors will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis within each media category. MCA and RWS members will be offered tables at a member rate before 2/15/17. If space is available, a later deadline and higher rate will be open to non-members and late registrants.  Exhibitors will set up “flea market” style at single 8×4 tables or 10×10 tents that they supply.  No electricity. Exhibitors are responsible for their own sales transactions.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION WEEKEND @ Haystack

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-50-38-amMay 11-14, 2017 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts | Deer Isle, ME

Register soon- very few spaces left, early bird discount ($50) applies through Jan. 31

2017 INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOPS

Elizabeth Busch*  | Fiber Arts: Creating a Painted Quilt Top (full, waitlist only)
Tim Christensen | Ceramics: Sgraffito on Porcelain Bird Sculptures
Rebecca Goodale*  | Artist’s Books: Interlocking and Pop-Up Books
Scott Minzy | Printmaking: Brayers, Barens and Blocks – an adventure in printmaking
Jacques Vesery* | Wood: Spoons and Such; Carve it, Paint it, Gild it (one space left)
Kate Mess | Jewelry: Enamel Immersion (full, waitlist only)
Jason Morrissey and Nick Rossi Blacksmithing: Function and Form in Damascus Steel (full, waitlist only)

To learn more and to register please CLICK HERE.

CENTER GALLERY: ANNUAL ORNAMENT SHOW

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-50-52-amOur Annual Ornament Show features beautiful, handmade ornaments and decorations in a range of craft mediums for the season by MCA member artists. You’ll find Cardinal Wall Hangings by Patti’s Machine Quilting, Snowflake Blocks by Nail Art,  Balsam Pillows by Maine Sales Company, Tree Top Angels by Donna Lausier, Clay Wall Tiles by Lisa Gilman  and much more! Shop the Center for Maine Craft retail gallery and exhibition space, located at 288 Lewiston Road in the West Gardiner Travel Plaza; open every day from 9am-8pm. The Center will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

Featured Artists: Carolyn Kemp, Wayne Village Pottery, Al Mather, Priscilla Clark, Gary Poisson,  Erlynne Kitagawa, Donna Lausier, Lola Arts, Lisa Gilman, Mudgirl Pottery, Kaitlyn Duggan Pottery, Maine Lights Collection, The Knotty Shop, Ember Grove Gallery, Jeanne Seronde Perkins and  Ebenezer Akakpo

INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR WORK AT THE CENTER FOR MAINE CRAFT?

The Center for Maine Craft jury process is open to all craftspeople, including MCA members and non-members who live and work at least seasonally, in Maine. All qualifying work must be well conceived and expertly executed in Maine. It also must be made by hand or with the use of appropriate equipment and tools.

To learn more please CLICK HERE.

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Marionette Manhattan

December 4, 2016

Pretty amazing puppet

If you like puppets then this Marionette In Manhattan performance of “Stix” by RicKy Syers is going to entertain you. Filmed on location in Washington Square Park in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. If you liked this be sure to watch another Talented Marionettist perform “Lucille” by Little Richard.

For viewing CLICK HERE.

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National Arts and Humanities Youth Program

December 3, 2016

Awards program

2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Applications Now Open!

Sphinx Organization's Perfect Fourth quartet performs at the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Ceremony Photo: Steven Purcell

Sphinx Organization’s Perfect Fourth quartet performs at the
2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Ceremony
Photo: Steven Purcell

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs, also known as Creative Youth Development programs, are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.  Application deadline: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:00 PM PST.

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Brendan Taaffe

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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