CSA II: Community Supporting Arts

July 27, 2016

Call for Artists and CSA Farmers

Deadline to submit applications: September 1, 2016 at 11pm.

Where: 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

Contact: Allison McKeen, PR & Documentation, 207-622-2813, kvaa@harlowgallery.org

CSA 2012: Artist Kate Emily Barnes was paired with Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan

CSA 2012: Artist Kate Emily Barnes was paired with Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan

HALLOWELL, ME – In 2012 the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery is thrilled to be bringing it back in 2017.

For more information about CSA 2012 visit http://harlowgallery.org/csa-community-supporting-arts-overview/

The Harlow Gallery is seeking 10 Maine artists to participate in CSA II  to be paired with 10 Maine farms. Each artist will seek inspiration in his or her counterpart’s life, work, landscape, ideals and challenges over the course of the 2017 growing season and create work based on their experiences and observations.  Partnering farmers will be those operating CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. A CSA farm offers shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. Community Supported Agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system.

To submit your application or learn more please visit: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-artists-and-farmers-csa-2/


Arts Education and Malawi

July 26, 2016

Learning in an African country


11 of the 12 terrific teachers who participated

I just returned from an 18-day trip to Malawi. I traveled to Africa with the Go! Malawi program where I collaborated with Maine educator Lindsay Pinchbeck to work with 12 teachers from  Mpamilia, Pondani and, Katete Primary Schools incorporating arts education into their curriculum. Lindsay is the founder and director of Sweetland School in Hope – an arts integration school for learners, grades K-5. The founder of Go! Malawi, Janet Littlefield, is a former student of mine who went to Malawi in the 1980’s while in the Peace Corps. My experience was amazing and we learned much more than the teachers we were working with did. As many said to me before I left – this experience could change your life. Not only do I return a slightly difference person but with a new perspective on the day to day life that I live here in America.


Making hand prints while exploring ‘hopes and dreams’ – day 1 with the teachers

In a series of blog posts I will do my best to tell the story of those we met – teachers, children, Go! Malawi staff, and about the environment. We were in a location that felt like the top of the world. I watched the sunrise  each morning from the front porch of the building we slept in called “the castle”. It was an amazing site and several times I could see the curvature of the globe.

Along with Lindsay there were three other volunteers and Janet’s husband Bill. One volunteer was a 15-year old Hebron Academy student from China named Jasmine. She is an incredible photographer and is documenting some stories and photos of the Ntchisi HIV committee members. Laurie, a therapist from western Maine found joy in reading to young children and hopes to help establish a library. Meredith, a history teacher from Hebron Academy connected with teenagers while doing a photography project with them. They all made an important difference!


End of year ceremony at the Mpamilia Primary School

Between Lindsay and I we took over 3000 photos. I will include some in the blog posts since the images alone tell a story. The landscape (including the sky at all times of the day) and people are beautiful to capture – I hope you will be able to gather that from the images. It is winter in Malawi and we were there during the last two weeks of school.

The work that Lindsay and I started in the workshop with teachers will continue from a distance by sending packages every other month and in other ways. If you’d like to contribute arts supplies, books or other items please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov. Their classrooms have virtually no supplies or materials so anything you can send would be appreciated. As you unwrap your new materials when back at school or studio please consider contributing older ones. Thank you!

If you are interested in traveling to Malawi to work with teachers, perhaps next summer, please email me. It is a wonderful opportunity!


Amazing sunset!


In Today’s News

July 25, 2016

MAC offers Teaching Artist opportunity

Read about it by CLICKING HERE.


Berklee Pitched Slapped

July 24, 2016

Singing Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”

CLICK HERE for the link to hear this amazing group.


In Today’s News

July 23, 2016

Dan Ryder

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 2.56.39 PM“If you looked inside Dan Ryder’s classroom at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, you might think that he taught engineering. A 3-D printer sits in the corner, there’s a giant box of Legos, and a full cart of electronics right beside. Ryder, though, teaches English. And he uses a method called design thinking, in which he combines books, inventions and brainstorming to create a new kind of classroom experience.”

Dan Ryder presented at last falls statewide arts education conference with Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Leadership Team member Kate Smith. You can read the entire article about Dan and listen as well at http://www.mpbn.net/post/teacher-mt-blue-uses-engineering-and-design-principles-english-class#stream/0.


First Lady Michelle Obama

July 22, 2016

Carpool Karaoke

CLICK HERE to see and hear the First Lady singing Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Then, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” And finishes with Missy Elliott singing “Get Ur Freak On” circa 2001.


Early Bird Registration

July 20, 2016

MICA – July 31

The Maine Arts Commission’s second Maine International Conference on the Arts will be proudly held in Lewiston/Auburn October 6-7. Due to busy summer schedules, we’ve just extended theEARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE until July 31! Register today to get a 25% discount on Maine’s ONLY statewide convening of artists, arts organizations, arts educators, public policy makers, and community and economic development specialists who know the power arts and culture brings to Maine’s communities. With featured speakers Sherry Wagner-Henry and Pam Breaux; an Idea Lab featuring five of Maine’s most innovative artists; 20 breakout sessions in Leveraging Investment, Visibility for Arts & Culture, Arts Education & Lifelong Learning, Cultural Tourism, and Building Capacity; and more than a dozen pop-up performances showcasing Maine talent this is a once-in-every-two-years experience! Plus: celebrate the convergence of Creativity, Industry, Art and Innovation in historic Lewiston/Auburn, Maine’s second largest urban area and home to many of Maine’s newest citizens. Register now by CLICKING HERE!



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