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Without Borders

February 21, 2017

Intermedia MFA Program

Silkscreen created by Georgina Grenier

Silkscreen created by Georgina Grenier

Recently, I learned more about the Intermedia MFA program at UMaine, Orono. Dr. Owen Smith is the program director. The philosophy of the program is that one should avoid the well-known paths of art production and invent new ones, or combine old ones to find new, untraveled ways to work. This may mean using new technologies with no element of hand-making at all, but not necessarily so. This program has profoundly changed my ideas about art education, the role of art and the purpose of artists in general. Some students work with sound, light, electronics, biology, socially engaged art, science and art integration, data imaging and more. It is still a fledgling program but has so much potential.

I received an email asking me to participate in her culminating artwork for her program. Information below explains a bit of her project and includes a request from those of you interested and with time to make it happen.

has extended the request to each of you to participate.

Borders that separate art disciplines can sometimes fence us in, and lead us to produce work that may add little to our knowledge, even if we love to paint one more watercolor, make one more clay pot, or sing a much loved song one more time. “Without Borders”  is the culminating exhibit for this year’s graduates from the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine, Orono. It is work that fuses disciplines, or even creates new ones without borders. This exhibit and the program it represents are an open secret at Orono, an emerging program that will feature some of the most intriguing artwork in Maine, and I am humbled to be part of it this year. Watch for the final date, yet to be decided in May.

I am asking for help in a collaborative art project which will be a part of  “Without Borders”  in May. I am collecting anecdotes and insights about truth-telling, or lie-propagating, depending how you see it: We have all been lied to, told a lie ( even a little one!) and perhaps been hurt by indifference. We have also had joyful occasions when we heard the news we wanted, or told someone we truly love them.
I would be very grateful if you could  send me a few lines, more if you have a longer tale to tell, about how much truth-telling matters to you, and experiences you have had with the business of honesty. These will be included in a set of fifty handmade books. The first fifty respondents will have one of the books sent to them so that all the collected anecdotes and wisdom can be shared. All information will remain anonymous, and author’s names will NOT be revealed.

My hope is to receive your (truthful) responses by early March. Please e-mail them to Georgina Grenier, gecgrenier@myfairpoint.net

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Notes From Away

February 20, 2017

Boyd Place – Bangor

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Young Audience Arts for Learning

February 19, 2017

April 9–April 22, 2017

Washington DC; USA: The Capitol Building, legislative branch of the US government Photo copyright Lee Foster Photo # 3-washdc83009

Washington DC; USA: The Capitol Building, legislative branch of the US government
Photo copyright Lee Foster Photo # 3-washdc83009

Young Audiences Arts for Learning will Host more than 150 Events and Programs across the US in Celebration of National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, April 9–April 22, 2017

New York, NY – February 14, 2017 – Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is proud to announce the National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week), an annual advocacy and awareness campaign. The Young Audiences Arts for Learning network celebrates National YA Week to raise national and local awareness about arts-in-education initiatives in school and community venues through public programming, special events, and long-term residencies. It will be observed around the country by the entire network of 30 Young Audiences affiliates in 22 states. More information about upcoming affiliate YA Week events will be available at http://www.youngaudiences.org.

The YA network is the largest and oldest arts-in-education network in the country reaching more than 5 million students each year. A core value of Young Audiences is to provide access to high quality arts-in-education programming to young people regardless of their zip code.

“The YA network is in a strategic position to advocate for all students by publicly advancing the value of using the arts to enhance academic achievement. YA Week focuses on showcasing and highlighting this deep and demonstrable impact of the arts on education,” states David A. Dik, YA’s National Executive Director.

Established in 1952, Young Audiences’ mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. The YA national organization also addresses policy makers directly to emphasize the importance of arts integrated residency programs. In Washington D.C., Young Audiences’ STEM-to-STEAM advocacy campaign continues to gain momentum along with the bipartisan efforts such as the Congressional STEAM Caucus. Each YA affiliate will be releasing information about their events and festivities in the upcoming months. Please see the list below of the participating affiliates.

The Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network:

Alliance for the Arts, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Arkansas Learning through the Arts
Arts Council of Kern/Arts for Learning, Bakersfield, California
Arts for Learning Connecticut
Arts for Learning Indiana
Arts for Learning Miami, Florida
Arts for Learning San Diego, California
Arts Partners, Wichita, Kansas
Big Thought, Dallas, Texas
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Chicago, Illinois
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland, Ohio
Kansas City Young Audiences, Missouri
Springboard, St. Louis, Missouri
Think 360 Arts for Learning, Denver, Colorado
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
Young Audiences New York
Young Audiences of Abilene, Texas
Young Audiences of Houston
Young Audiences of Louisiana
Young Audiences of Massachusetts
Young Audiences of Northeast Texas
Young Audiences of Northern California
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington
Young Audiences of Rochester, New York
Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Young Audiences of Southeast Texas
Young Audiences of Southwest Florida
Young Audiences of Virginia
Young Audiences of Western New York

CONTACT:
Young Audiences Arts for Learning
Jarred Hoyt
T: 212-860-1563 X107, E: jarred@ya.org

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Monhegan Residencies

February 18, 2017

Open to Maine Artists and Teachers – Deadline March 17

Photo by Bradley Beukema; 2016 resident and art teacher Krisanne Baker night painting on Monhegan.

2016 resident and art teacher Krisanne Baker night painting on Monhegan.

MONHEGAN—The Monhegan Artists’ Residency is pleased to announce its 2017 residency programs. Residencies are available to Maine-based visual artists during the weeks of May 27 to June 30, and September 2 to October 7. To accommodate the summer schedule of Maine K-12 teachers, there is also a two-week residency from July 2 to 14 open exclusively to art teachers. Applications are now being accepted online at www.monheganartistsresidency.org through March 17.

Krisanne Baker, art teacher at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, was the 2016 Monhegan Art Teacher Resident. The body of paintings she produced during her two weeks on the island depict land, ocean and expansive skies at night that include planets and constellations.  She often worked outdoors at night wearing small LED lights, with her color palette laid out in consistent, planned manner so as to know what to reach for in partial darkness.

Krisanne Baker Little Spruce Sentinel at Lobster Cove, 2016, Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Krisanne Baker Little Spruce Sentinel at Lobster Cove, 2016, Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

In addition to making a body of paintings during her two-week residency, she also did some underwater filming for her next water art activism short.  This continues her way of combining many of her interests through her art practice, her teaching and her environmental work focusing on protecting water sources and water quality.  She is involved with the Medomak Valley Land Trust and engages her high school art students in environmental work. Krisanne is currently showing her work at Husson University in an exhibition titled ‘Water is Life’: Art & Science on behalf of our oceans (January 20 – March 31, 2017). See more about Krisanne at http://www.krisannebaker.com/paintings_drawings__printmaking

Krisanne Baker working on the deck of her Monhegany residency studio, 2016

Krisanne Baker working on the deck of her Monhegany residency studio, 2016

Not just for landscape painters, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency is open to artists working in new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and multi-media. This year’s jurors include Chris Stiegler, curator, art historian, and chair of the MFA in Studio Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland; Hilary Irons, artist, and co-founder/curator of Able Baker Contemporary, Portland; and Kelly Finlay, a Monhegan Artists’ Residency board member and museum educator at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland.

Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.     

Photos taken by Bradley Beukema.  

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In Today’s News

February 17, 2017

NCCAS Releases Update on State Arts Standards Adoption

February 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a report entitled “The Status of Arts Standards Revisions in the United States since 2014.” The report is the result of an analysis of states who have revised their standards since the publication of the National Core Arts Standards in June 2014.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 11.09.54 AMThe National Core Arts Standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, were created in a transparent inclusive process engaging over 130 arts educators as writers and 6,000 reviewers. These PreK-12 grade-by-grade standards were written to guide educators seeking to provide quality arts education for America’s students, define artistic literacy, and support 21st century skills and college and career readiness.

Commencing in January 2015, NCCAS member organization Americans for the Arts, in partnership with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, began conducting the research culminating in this report. With the assistance of other NCCAS member organizations, Americans for the Arts interviewed and collected information from more than 270 individuals and organizations from across the nation, including state department of education arts curriculum directors, state arts agencies, and several other public sector partners with expertise in state arts standards revisions.

Jane Best, executive director of the Arts Education Partnership said of the report, “It is affirming to see so many states reviewing, revisiting, and renewing arts education standards. This is a meaningful step to ensuring that all children have exposure to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.”

The report may be downloaded from the resources section of the National Coalition for Core Arts standards interactive home at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/content/resources.

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is an alliance of national arts and arts education organizations dedicated to ensuring quality standards-based arts opportunities for all students. Members include the American Alliance for Theatre in Education; Americans for the Arts; Educational Theatre Association; National Art Education Association; National Association for Music Education; National Dance Education Association; NCCAS Media Arts Committee; and Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

Contact: Cory Wilkerson
Tel: 800-587-6814
Email: projectmanager@seadae.org

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So Long Dahlov!

February 17, 2017

Maine treasure

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-7-36-30-am“I find it hard to explain my art, but then it doesn’t really need explanation. It may seem mysterious or challenging, but all you need to do is to open your heart to the joy and excitement of a new visual experience, to accept a new vision of a world full of the unusual, a world of the creative imagination.”
~ Dahlov Ipcar

Nov 12, 1917 – Feb 10, 2017 painter, illustrator, author

Maine has lost a treasure! For me, Dahlov epitomized the meaning of, “Love what you do, do what you love” creating every day, even painting on the morning she passed away at age 99. I was fortunate to meet Dahlov Ipcar at a Maine Art Education Association spring conference many years ago. I believe it was held at USM Gorham. Anyone remember attending that conference? Dahlov provided the key note and she was brilliant. I remember feeling like we were having a regular personal conversation, exchanging ideas, and discussing life.

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-7-36-16-amFrom the Portland Press Herald…
In an interview with the Portland Press Herald last fall, Ipcar said she was prepared to die at age 80, but after that milestone she decided she wanted to see the year 2000. Since then, it was “lots of rich cream and milk and butter and eggs and red meat.”
Ipcar had a sharp wit, and was fond of telling people who asked about her age, “I hope I die before I run out of vermilion.”

Take a look at this video that was made when she was 97 years old.

https://vimeo.com/85082665

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Arts Ed Partnership

February 16, 2017

Symposium in D.C.

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The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center within Education Commission of the States, is hosting the 2017 AEP State Policy Symposium on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Continuing the momentum for implementation of the 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education, this annual event is an opportunity for national and state-level leaders to roll-up their sleeves and focus on the implications of pressing federal and state education issues for the arts in education.

The Arts Education Partnership, along with Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will welcome more than 100 national and state leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, philanthropic and public sectors for a daylong conversation about the intersection between the arts and education policy. In addition to learning from engaging keynote and plenary presentations on the education landscape, participants will gain insights from experts through in-depth workshops on tools and strategies for expanding access to and participation in the arts in their own states.

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