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Pioneer Works

May 20, 2019

Brooklyn

Located in a warehouse in Brooklyn, NY is Pioneer Works. It has an open floor plan that creates a collaborative environment. It also hosts a number of events, educational programs, performances, residencies and exhibitions across disciplines.

Blue Hills, Yellow Tree, present exhibit by Sally Saul, at Pioneer Works

The director of Pioneer Works, Janna Levin, says: “Science is a part of culture. We’re here, just like the artists are here, just like the musicians are here and the writers, the photographers, designers and tech guys.” 

The founder of Pioneer Works, Dustin Yellin, wanted the arts and science to come together in one place. Yellin believes: “The only way you can change the world is by getting people together. The arts and sciences are our greatest soil to build community. I think when you get different kinds of people coming together, then you create a crucible for new ideas. And that’s where people can learn.”

Read more about Pioneer Works on Upworthy. And check out the Pioneer Works website

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Storytelling and Innovation

May 19, 2019

Southern Maine Partnership

The annual conference sponsored by USM and the the Southern Maine Partnership, Assessment for Learning & Leading was outstanding. These year’s theme was Brain-Based Strategies to Cultivate Positive Learning Environments. Conference planners Jeff Beaudry and Anita Stewart  McCafferty did an amazing job planning two days of

Jen Etter

keynotes and sessions that left participants excited and filled with information to use in their classrooms and school districts.  The featured keynote speaker was Dr. Marcia Tate whose work parallels much of the teaching and learning that takes place every day in visual and performing arts education.

Arts education played an important part of the conference as it has each of the past three years. Presenting at the conference were Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI)

Shawna Barnes

Teacher Leader York Middle School Music Educator Jen Etter and MALI Teaching Artist Leader Shawna Barnes. Their session was titled Brain-Based Strategies – Gateways to Creativity, Growth and Recovery. Jen provided information on strategies used in the music classroom that align with the brain research. Shawna offered information the role of the arts has in responding to disabilities and injuries. Each of them used examples from their work as teachers in the different settings.

I had a chance to with Lindsay Pinchbeck and offer a workshop called Storytelling and Innovation – an exploration in arts integration. If you click on the image on the right it will be larger and you can read our agenda. 

The participants were thoughtful and willing to share – opening their thinking and ideas. During part of the session participants had a chance to try Express-a-Book which is an idea created by Falmouth High School music educator Jake Sturtevant, Lindsay Pinchbeck and myself. It’s our answer to traditional book clubs. An opportunity to dive into a resource like a book, TED Talk or a pod cast and instead of only ‘talking’ about it, participants create a response using an art form and share the art with the group. We created it as part of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) and have tried it with people around the world through our work with HundrEDExpress-a-Book is part of Jeff and Anita’s recently published book Teaching Strategies That Create Assessment-Literate Learners.

Participants used the Hundred site or a segment of The Innovators Mindset by George Couros, Mindset by Carol Dweck or If I Understood You Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda. Afterwards they shared their take-aways from these resources so they could help build on everyone’s knowledge. I highly recommend all four resources for independent or collaborative reading with colleagues.

The most fun part of the session was at the beginning when participants used “story starters” and created a dragon together – a technique that we learned from MALI Teaching Artist Leader Nicole Cardano who is the founder of Theater Today.

We provided numerous research reports, articles and links to a variety of resources that participants could follow up with if they wish to learn more on arts integration, innovation, mindset, storytelling and many more topics that are centered on good teaching and learning.

We completed the session by participants providing a “one word poem” – growth, environment, open-minded, transformative, opportunities, engaged, non-linear, and global.

Lindsay and Argy

For those of you who don’t know Lindsay, her bio is below. If you’re interested in purchasing Jeff and Anita’s book please contact them at jeffrey.beaudry@maine.edu and anita.stewart@maine.edu

Lindsay’s Bio – Originally from Scotland Lindsay Pinchbeck came to Maine for her undergraduate degree. Lindsay has been teaching with and through the arts in a variety of settings for the past 20 years. Lindsay is the director and founder of Sweet Tree Arts and Sweetland School, a community organization in Hope, ME offering a K-6 arts Integrated, Reggio Emilia inspired school. Pinchbeck received her Masters in Education through Lesley University’s Creative Arts and Learning program. Lindsay believes the creative arts should be accessible to all. She encourages everyone to be active participants and keen observers with the hope of enriching communities through the arts. Learn more at sweettreearts.org.

 

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Nature Art Camp

May 18, 2019

Hurricane Island

 

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The Beatles Blackbird

May 17, 2019

Teenager sings in Mi’kmaq

This radio story is heart warming and can remind us of the importance of providing avenues for young people to value their roots and use their voices to express them. CLICK HERE for the story and see the youtube video below of 16 year old Emma Stevens singing Blackbird by the Beatles partially in her family language. Listen in the transcript for the support from Emma’s teacher. The youtube was posted by Emma’s school Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, to recognize the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.

 

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The Extension Cords

May 16, 2019

MAMM winners

The Extension Cords who performed at the pre-conference of the Maine International Conference on the Arts in September 2018 were just recognized at the Maine Academy of Modern Music Slam! The members, Camden Hills Regional High School students, Owen Markowitz, drummer, Katherine Bowen, electric bass, and Myles Kelley, keyboard came together in 2016. The Jazz-Inspired Trio performed at the arts education conference through the Midcoast Music Academy and their instructor Stu Gurley.

They are impressive and serious and you can listen to their music on SOUND CLOUDThey are often performing in the mid-coast so hopefully you can catch a live performance of The Extension Cords.

Congratulations Katherine, Owen, and Myles for winning the MAMMSlam and your prize of  $1,000. The Extension Cords will be playing at “Jazz in June” in Camden June 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House.

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In Today’s News

May 15, 2019

Letter to Editor

From Monica Wood, a letter to the editor on Maine Poetry Out Loud Champion Lewiston High School senior Joao Victor. CLICK HERE!

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Teach to Lead

May 15, 2019

Powered By Summit

Are you and your colleagues looking for a leadership opportunity to build curriculum and collaborate with a team? Have you been wishing for an extended time to develop an idea that you can implement at your school/district? Do you have one day during the summer to devote to professional development? If you answered yes to these three questions consider submitting a proposal for the Powered By Teach to Lead Summit.

The Summit will be held on August 16 at University of Maine Farmington. Last year the event was held at Husson and the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) took a team. MALI took a team several years ago Teach to Lead held a Summit in Washington, D.C. It was the turning point for the initiative in multiple ways and an amazing learning opportunity.

Space is limited so gather your colleagues together and see what they think. The link for submitting your idea is at THIS LINK.

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