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Logo Contest

December 19, 2013

Maine County Commissioners Association

I know this is short notice (I just received it), but you might have a student who would like to do something during Christmas vacation – quick turn around for this logo contest – due date: December 30, 2013!

The contest winner will receive an award in the amount of $500.

The contest parameters are as follows:

  • Any aspiring artist who is a Maine resident is eligible to submit an entry
  • Any medium may be used
  • Entries must be submitted by email to as a jpg, png, tiff or gif picture of the design
  • Deadline for submissions will be 12-31-13
  • The winning artist must agree to sign a waiver allowing MCCA to use the logo free of charge
  • MCCA reserves the right to reject any and all designs submitted.

What we’re looking for in regard to the design:

The Maine County Commissioners Association seeks to embrace a design that embodies the spirit of its mission as well as our great State of Maine. We intend to use our new logo on letterhead, publications, banners, etc.

To understand MCCA, one would need to know a little bit about County Commissioners and County Government. The voters in each of Maine’s 16 counties elect commissioners to oversee the operation of county government. Commissioners are ultimately responsible for the fiscal operations and policy decisions affecting county government. Maine County Government includes county sheriff’s offices, county jails, registry of deeds, registry of probate, county courts, emergency management agencies, public health services, airports, emergency communications and services for unorganized Maine territories.

VISION Statement for the Maine County Commissioners Association
The Maine County Commissioners Association is a well-respected network of county governments in the State of Maine that provides public services and relevant programs to its members in a responsive, efficient, credible manner.

MISSION Statement for the Maine County Commissioners Association
It is the mission of the Maine County Commissioners Association to make this vision a reality through communication, service, education and cooperation by and among all departments of all counties.

For more information about MCCA please visit our website at: Good luck to all!

If you have questions please contact Lauren Haven at

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Mad Science and the Arts

December 19, 2013

An article by Jonathan Katz

Screen shot 2013-12-15 at 8.42.54 PMThe executive director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Jonathan Katz, provides insight on a book that is actually filled with inventions, discoveries, science, and technology. The information is taken from Wired Magazine and edited by Randy Alfred. The examples in the book exemplify how artistic and design skills are needed and necessary in so many instances. In what has been created through history and continues to be true today.


Taken from the article located by clicking here:

Close observation, which has been understood as the first step in modern scientific method since Francis Bacon first described it in 1620, is not only visual. Artistic skills include hearing, touching, moving, smelling, tasting; it’s useful to think of artistic skill as sensory awareness and exploration. Some scientists and engineers make extraordinary contributions because they have ideas about what needs to be heard. Heinrich Stölzel, in 1814, is credited with inventing a system of valves for the French horn. Before this time, “natural” horns were used for signals and ceremonies, but it was a rare virtuoso who could play multiple notes.

We can talk about the importance of integrating the arts, the value it brings to learning experiences for students, and how adaptable and transferable arts learning is but this statement by Katz is a great example:

I’ve checked out several compendia of “greatest inventions” and “innovations that changed the world” recently and have found some compelling themes. The breakthroughs come through an integrated mix of the three basic symbol systems that learners draw upon to understand and explore everything—numeracy, literacy and imagery (where imagery includes sensory impressions, not only visual).

I recommend that you read the entire article which will give you a broad view as well as details.

Shree Nayar

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