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Trimble Leaves Maine Arts Alliance

September 25, 2011

Executive Director Carol Trimble leaves her post

Carol at the 2007 statewide arts ed conference

Carol Trimble, Executive Director of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education for the past 10 years, has announced that she will be leaving that position at the end of December. In making the announcement, Trimble said, “Being MAAE’s Executive Director has provided me with such satisfying opportunities—the chance to work with many inspired and inspiring educators, artists, and advocates who are deeply committed to ensuring that Maine students have the opportunity for an outstanding education; the chance to observe first hand the accomplishments in the arts of Maine students; the chance to provide recognition to students, parents, artists, educators, organizations, and communities that are doing amazing, creative work; and the chance to work with colleagues from across the country in the KCAAEN.”

As Executive Director of MAAE and leader of the Arts are Basic Coalition (ABC), Carol oversaw advocacy that led to the Maine Department of Education hiring an arts staff person for the first time in many years, as well as leading successful campaigns to maintain strong graduation requirements in the arts. She created MAAE’s LINC-Arts mentorship program as well as Arts Education Connections, a network of education staff in Maine’s arts and cultural organizations. Carol also oversaw Maine’s first statewide Census of Opportunities to Learn in the Arts and the creation of the unique Imagination Intensive Communities project which received recognition from the national Partnership for 21st Century Skills for its innovative approach. She served on the Network Leadership Committee of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and on the Governor’s Council for the Creative Economy. She received the Maine Music Educators 2010 Appreciation Award for her advocacy work on behalf of Maine students.

Mike Edgecomb, MAAE’s Board Chair, said “It is with much regret that we accept Carol’s resignation. The Board of Trustees is very pleased with Carol’s many accomplishments during her tenure and her dedication to arts education in Maine. She will be missed by all, and we wish her great success in her future plans.”

MAAE’s Board is in the process of appointing an interim director who will manage the organization for six months. The Board will announce the start of its search for the Executive Director position at a later date.

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