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Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression

January 18, 2018

High School theatre programs to benefit

NBC COMMITS $500,000 TO SUPPORT HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PROGRAMS WITH LAUNCH OF R.I.S.E. AMERICA

Program Inspired by NBC’s Upcoming Drama “Rise” From Executive Producer Jason Katims

Network Partners with the Educational Theatre Foundation to Provide

$10,000 Grants to 50 High Schools Across the Country

UNIVERSAL CITY, California – Inspired by the network’s upcoming Jason Katims drama “Rise,” which premieres Tuesday, March 13 and follows the effects a high school theatre department has on its surrounding community, NBC is launching R.I.S.E. America, a program that grants a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs across the country.

R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America will award 50 high schools a $10,000 grant that will enable them to enhance or revitalize their theatre programs. The winning schools can use the grant money to cover various critical needs, including master classes and production expenses.

To administer the grant applications and award process, NBC has partnered with the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), an organization dedicated to shaping lives through theatre education. Eligible high schools can apply starting this morning at NBC.com/Rise.  Applications will close on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with winning schools announced in March.

To view an embeddable video message from cast members Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie announcing the program, please click here.

“This program is incredibly personal to me as someone whose own life was changed by a high school theatre program,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “I wholeheartedly support the work of the ETF and have seen the effect of their initiatives on thousands of students. I’m proud that ‘Rise’ will be more than just an uplifting show about a high school drama program, but, through this initiative, will also have an impact on the lives of real students in 50 high schools.”

“From the start, I wanted to find a way to support the types of schools and students whose stories we were telling,” said Katims, who serves as executive producer and showrunner. “I couldn’t be more thrilled, or feel more passionately, about this partnership and cause. The support Bob and NBC have shown to help make a real difference for schools and theatre programs around the country shines a light on their vital importance.”

“We are honored to partner with NBC, along with Jason and the ‘Rise’ team, to support theatre education across the country. Every child in America deserves access to theatre. Theatre teaches essential skills, such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking, that have far-reaching positive effects on a student’s life long past high school,” said ETF President Julie Cohen Theobald. “Only 33 percent of school districts provide financial support to high school theatre programs beyond classroom instruction. This leaves an average shortfall of over $9,000 for schools to raise for their productions and educational activities.* The R.I.S.E America grants can be a life-saver for schools in underserved communities with struggling programs and a game-changer for schools with established programs, enabling them to take a major step up in excellence.”

To qualify, a high school must have an existing theatre program or a champion of theatre arts in their teaching staff in cases where a school’s theatre program was cut because of budget constraints.

Eligible high schools can submit a video up to two minutes long celebrating their theatre program and a 500-word essay explaining why their school should be awarded the grant and how they will use the $10,000 should they win. The final component is a letter of recommendation from a school principal or administrator endorsing the application.

The winning schools will be announced in March and will receive the grant funds to support their programs this calendar year.

About “Rise”

From Jason Katims, executive producer and showrunner of “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” and “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller comes a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places. When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. The series is inspired by a true story, and stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joseph Tippett and Shirley Rumierk.

Jason Katims serves as executive producer and showrunner. Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez and Michelle Lee executive produce.

“Rise” is produced by Universal Television, True Jack Productions and Seller Suarez Productions. It premieres on NBC on March 13at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Visit NBC.com/Rise for more information.

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF)

ETF provides essential financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs for every child, putting them on a more positive life path. ETF is focused on three areas: JumpStart Theatre – to create sustainable musical theatre programs where there previously were none; need-based grants to schools – to provide teaching and performance resources and equipment in under-resourced schools; and, merit and need-based grants to individuals – to nurture the next generation of theatre teachers and artists.

*Results of 2017 survey of high school theatre programs conducted by the Educational Theatre Association

Contacts:

Allison Rawlings, allison.rawlings@nbcuni.com, 818-777-3051
Daniel Chun, daniel.chun@nbcuni.com, 818-777-8092

Sandra Lundgren, slundgren@edtf.org, 914-325-6733

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Congrats Shirley Stenberg

January 17, 2018

Knowledgeable AND ‘salt of the earth’

Ellen Goldsmith, this year’s Chair of the Docents, with Shirley at the December meeting. Photo by Vas Prabhu

I love meeting people who I consider ‘salt of the earth’. People who are filled with fundamental goodness. One such person, who I was fortunate to meet many years ago, is Shirley Stenberg.

While studying for her MA masters degree at USM Shirley developed instructional materials about each of the three well known Wyeth family artists; N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. The materials were developed for the use of teachers to help prepare their students for a field trip to the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Shirley’s creation of the Teacher’s Manual for those materials and her accumulated knowledge about the Wyeth painters had brought about her truly informed background about them and their works, which became a valuable resource for the Farnsworth during Shirley’s tenure as a Docent. All the while learning, Shirley became an “authority” on the three Wyeths.

In December at a luncheon, Shirley was recognized for her quarter-century of volunteer service by the Farnsworth Art Museum Docents. She was presented with a lifetime membership to the Farnsworth. For several years Shirley had been a Community Representative to the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees and she served twice as the chair of the Docents.

I had the opportunity to meet Shirley many years ago when I was teaching middle school students not to far from the Farnsworth. I quickly learned of Shirley’s knowledge which equaled her ability to connect with young adolescents. She was fabulous!

I understand that Shirley received a standing ovation after her remarks. Much deserved by someone who is ‘salt of the earth’!

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Ticket to Ride Funding

January 16, 2018

It’s back!!!

The Maine Arts Commission is once again accepting applications for Ticket to Ride thanks to the generous support of the Betterment Fund and proceeds from The Art of Giving Gala sponsored by DownEast Magazine.

PLEASE NOTE

The application process has changed!! Applications will be submitted using the Maine Arts Commission Grants Management System (GMS). Please do not use old Ticket to Ride applications. Tips for applying are below!

DETAIL OVERVIEW

The Ticket to Ride 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. The goals of the trip should support student learning and be aligned with Maine’s Visual and/or Performing Arts Standards.

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 PATHWAY TO APPLYING

Students at the Portland Museum of Art from the Self Directed Studio Art class at Gardiner Area High School

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Completed applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and will be approved by the Maine Arts Commission’s Director of Arts in Education upon receipt.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year and funding will be made available approximately one month after they are submitted.
  • Within three weeks following your trip, the Maine Arts Commission requires the submission of follow-up documentation that includes teacher feedback and student work samples of the experience. A link to the Follow-up Form is provided in the Ticket to Ride funding approval email.
  • Alert your district that you’re submitting an application
  • Schools may apply more than once a year as long as they are applying to attend a different event or bringing a different student population. And, provided there is funding still available for your school.

INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

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. Be sure and check with the venue for funding.

TIPS FOR APPLYING

The following tips will help when you get to the application in the GMS. Please gather the information needed so when you get to the application you’ll have it ready. The system is designed to accommodate all the grants the Maine Arts Commission awards, so some terms and fields may seem not descriptive for schools.

  • Email – Person with whom we will contact throughout the grant process
  • DUNS Number – Does not apply to schools – please enter “0”
  • First Name, Last Name – Contact person at the school
  • Contact Email – Same as above email
  • Address, City, State, Zip, Phone – Of the school that will receive the funds
  • % of Free & Reduced Lunch – This information is available in your school or district
  • Vendor Code – Check with your school or district office to obtain

TICKET TO RIDE PATHWAY TO APPLYING

For questions and assistance, please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission at 287.2713.

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In Today’s News

January 16, 2018

Medomak Valley High School POL

Two students from Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro have been named to represent the school at the Northern Maine Regional Finals for Poetry Out Loud.

Poetry Out Loud is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. It begins in Maine’s schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to recite at the state finals.

Read about Lydia Simmons and Elizabeth Flanagan in the Village Soup, January 15 edition. The article was written by Dagney C. Ernest.

Join us for one Maine’s regional or the statewide events.

February 12, 2018     Northern Maine Regional Finals (Performing Arts Center, Hampden Academy, 3 p.m.)

February 13, 2018     Snow date for Northern Maine Regional Finals

Feb 28, 2018               Southern Maine Regional Finals (Westbrook Middle School, 3 p.m.)

March 1, 2018            Snow date Southern Maine Regional Finals

March 14, 2018          Maine State Finals (3 p.m., Waterville Opera House)

March 20, 2018          Snow date for Maine State Finals

April 23-25, 2018       Poetry Out Loud National Finals (Washington, D.C.)

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15, 2018

A day off to remember

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Arts Education News

January 14, 2018

Great ‘food for thought’

Thanks to the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) for providing these articles in the news! Join AFTA and receive this kind of arts education information and much more.

 

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Break Into Song

January 13, 2018

“Love Yourself”

I know that this happens in music classes – learning through example!

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