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September 13, 2012

Announcement from Maine Alliance for Arts Education

I was thrilled to receive the email below from Elizabeth Watson, President of the Board for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. Last December Carol Trimble, Executive Director of MAAE retired. Over the next several months Gail Scott served as the interim director and the board worked to create a strategic plan to guide their work. A new director is in place and I look forward to working with him. I know you will join me in Welcoming Peter and offer your support to MAAE!

Dear Friend of MAAE:

I am very pleased to announce the selection of our new Executive Director. After a long search the board has chosen Peter Alexander, a well-known musician and organizer from Bath, to lead Maine Alliance for Arts Education in the implementation of our new Strategic Plan.
Peter comes to us with outstanding qualifications: he is one of the few people in the United States with a Masters Degree specializing in non-profit advocacy and organizing; he is an accomplished musician ( and has a long history of leadership in the fields of both the arts and environment; he served from 2009 – 2011 as president of Opportunity Maine (; he has served since 2009 as President of the Maine Songwriters Association (; he is the convener and leader of the Gulf of Maine Restoration Initiative (; and he is a founding member and still serves on the board of the America’s Great Waters Coalition (
The board has entrusted Peter with an extraordinarily difficult challenge. Recent cutbacks in state, federal, and foundation program funding for organizations like ours have left MAAE in a difficult financial position, and Peter’s first responsibility will be to lead us on a course to financial stability. This will involve updating and streamlining our organizational infrastructure and finding new sources of support: from building our membership and increasing donations to developing corporate sponsorships and other strategies.  
You can help right now by making a contribution through PayPal here.
The board is organizing a wine and cheese reception to officially welcome Peter, and we would like you to attend. It will take place on October 21 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell (163 Water Street). We will have a wonderful program for you that will include musical performances by outstanding high school musicians, and talks by Maine’s Arts Education leaders. Space is limited, so please make a reservation today by responding to this message.
When you meet Peter and experience first-hand his energy, enthusiasm, and confidence in our mission, I think it will be clear why the board was unanimous in its decision. As our outgoing interim Executive Director Gail Scott said after meeting Peter, “The organization is in good hands.”
I look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you on October 21.
Elizabeth Watson,
Now is also a great time to lend your support and your expertise to MAAE. If you would like to volunteer some time to help with the reception or any number of “mission-critical” tasks, please call me at (617) 372-6339.

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