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BFA Opportunity at USM

September 27, 2012

New Art Education Program: BFA in Community-Based Arts Education

The USM Art Education program offers a degree for those interested in teaching art as a community-based educator. The students who opt for this program, intern as student teachers at various community organizations, rather than in a traditional k-12 classroom.

Why Community Art Education?

The BFA in Art Education with a concentration in community is a degree intended for artists, art educators, and other arts professionals who want to become teaching artists and cultural workers.  The degree will enable graduates to develop, teach, and facilitate visual arts education programs in community organizations, centers for non-traditional learners, after-school programs, and other alternative sites. This degree does not provide a k-12 teaching license, but instead prepares graduates to engage k-12 students and adults outside of the traditional classroom settings. This degree also serves as a foundation for those interested in art therapy, art as social justice, and creative civic engagement.

Partnering Organizations for Student Internship:

The Art Van, Bath

Susan Curtis Foundation, Portland

The Center for Grieving Children, Portland

Engine, Biddeford

Cheetah, Portland

The Telling Room, Portland

The Art Department and Shoot Media, Portland

For More Information Contact:

Kelly Hrenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Art Department
Art Education Program Coordinator
University of Southern Maine
109 Robie Andrews, 37 College Avenue
Gorham, ME 04038
207.780.5364 /

USM Art Education

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