Archive for June, 2014


Community Art and Skatepark Beautification

June 30, 2014

Story from Waterville High School Art Teacher, Suzanne Goulet

WSHSkatePaula Raymond, a colleague with Adult Education and a resident of the South End planted the seed with
community members and Matt Skehan with Waterville Parks and Rec about making a connection with the
Waterville Senior High School Art Department.

Plans were made in the Fall……but cold weather came a bit early (remember?) ….the Spring arrived!

Laden with Sherwin-Williams donated paint and supplies, a volunteer group of Art and Outing Club students converged on the weather beaten skatepad to add a bit of color. Students came prepared with designs and having explored the culture of street art (Keith Harring, Shephard Fairey, Banksy, etc) and were then joined by visiting community members.

Alternative Education Educator, Ryan Guerrero, shared his street art skills with a transformation of the center pad and mini-ed sessions on the fineries of spray tips.

The canvas is large…..and the inspiration is to contribute two times a year to create a quilt of color and images.

You can read the entire article published in the Kennebec Journal by clicking here.



iPads Even the Playing Field in Band

June 29, 2014

NPR story

I suggest that you listen to this NPR piece called iPads Allow Kids With Challenges to Play in High School’s Band. It addresses the topic and also provides light how fortunate we are in Maine to have 1-2-1 laptop devices. It is easy to forget.

The link is embedded here so others can access the information provided. I am embedding the link here so you can access the story. If you’d rather just read the story please click here.

Thanks to Kevin Facer for sending this link.





June 28, 2014


NEMC PSO Concert Information


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

June 27, 2014

Latest info


The coalition has provided some useful resources on the National Core Arts Standards that I suggest you check out. After the celebration of rolling out the standards most of the information was archived in one way or another. To read more about the speakers or view the power points, click here.

If you missed a portion of the event or would like to re-watch it as a whole, please view the archive here.

As we enter the next phase of this work and beta test the new website, we invite you to try it out. Please visit to view more. As this is the preliminary launch of the website, be sure to continually check back for updates, improvement and additional ahead of the formal launch in October.

Thanks to Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts for providing this information.




POL State Champ

June 26, 2014

Gorham High School graduate

This year Charlotte Feinberg represented Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. during March. In order to earn the trip to D.C., Charlotte had to recite many many poems. Charlotte loves poetry and as a matter of fact she has many passions. Charlotte graduated from Gorham High School this year. Charlotte was kind enough to answer some questions for this blog post. The Maine Arts Commission wishes Charlotte well as she moves on to the next chapter of her life. We know she’ll continue making her mark on the world!


Charlotte reciting at the National Poetry Out Loud competition.


What prompted you to participate in POL?
My English teacher Kerry Herlihy encouraged me to participate. Being a writer she assumed it was right up my alley, I thought I’d give it a try.

Name the 3 things that you learned or impacted you.

  1. The performance experience I gained was immense, I had performed my own poetry before but the memorization and performance process really strengthened me as a speaker.
  2. I also learned excellent memorization skills.
  3. The thing that impacted me the most was my connection to the poetry, the entire process allowed me to understand and truly love the poems that I had been performing.

What was the greatest challenge with you POL experience?
My nerves were rough, between dancing and poetry I was no stranger to being on stage but the memorization aspect made it especially tough.

What kind of support did you receive and who provided it?
Kerry Herlihy was an incredible support to me throughout the entire process. Encouraging me and keeping me calm and making me laugh. David Patterson really helped with my understanding of the poems, especially “When you are Old” by William Butler Yeats.

What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about participating in POL in the future?
Choose poems that you care about, disregard any ideas about what you think will aid you in the sense of competition and stick with things you can connect to on a personal level.

What was your greatest success?
Conquering my stage fright and being able to perform in a way I never had before.

What is your long-term take-away?
I’ll always have a connection to my poems, and a true appreciation for the power of spoken word.

Thousands of students participated in Poetry Out Loud at the local, regional, and state level in Maine during the 2013-14 school year. This year 365,000 students across the country participated in POL. The POL program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and is administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. Materials will be available in September for next year. If you are interested in participating please contact


60th Anniversary – Down East Magazine

June 26, 2014

Art of Giving Gala

PORTLAND, MAINE – Five iconic Maine artists: Angela Adams, Eric Hopkins, Alex Katz, Barbara Ernst Prey and William Wegman, in addition to MECA alum Renée Bouchard, have agreed to participate in a fundraising gala commemorating Down East Magazine’s 60th anniversary, on Thursday, August 14, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Portland Company, 58 Fore Street, Portland.



Each work will be portrayed on an inside cover of the August anniversary issue and each artist has identified a nonprofit charitable partner to receive proceeds from the Art of Giving Gala. Down East Enterprise President, Publisher, and CEO Bob Fernald said, “Down East Magazine is guaranteeing at least $60,000 will be donated to the six charitable organizations; a minimum of $10,000 will go to each — in fact, we’re hoping for more.” Fernald added, “It’s an honor to support so many important nonprofits in Maine and we are truly grateful for each artist’s significant contribution. I am looking forward to this very special evening. I hope our readers will join us in celebrating and giving back to the Maine community.”

Tickets to the Art of Giving Gala are $100 per person and can be exchanged inside the event for one raffle ticket at no additional charge. A limited number of additional raffle tickets for the works of art may be available at the event for $100 each. Tickets to the gala are available online through or The Penobscot Bay YMCA is the Art of Giving’s community outreach sponsor and is managing the process of distributing the donations to each charitable organization.

Kathleen Fleury, editor in chief of Down East, talked about the process of selecting the artists for the anniversary issue, “These artists are each known in their own right for their incredible work. They are tied to the legacy of Maine and have helped Maine achieve recognition for its beauty, strength of character and creative talent, all of which are important elements to Down East’s own mission of celebrating Maine. We are extremely honored by their willingness to contribute to our anniversary celebration.”


About the Artists
North Haven native Angela Adams began her career by earning a degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and establishing the angela adams design house in Portland in 1995. Together with designer Sherwood Hamill, the angela adams brand has expanded to include rugs, tapestries, bedding, totes, scarves, and furniture. Adams’ bold graphic patterns have caught the attention of numerous national publications, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, Dwell, Real Simple, and more. The donation will go to The Locker Project/Good Shepherd Food-Bank.

Renée Bouchard lives and works in Bennington, Vermont. She graduated from the Maine College of Art in 1999 and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Phoebe Flory Watercolor School prior to that. Bouchard has received awards and honors from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Studio Center, Cooper Union, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Montana Artist Refuge and from the Kate Millet Art Colony for Women. McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, New York, and Moberg Gallery in Des Moines and Chicago currently represent her work. Her work was selected to be included in the Art of Giving by Down East editor in chief Kathleen Fleury, MECA and artist Eric Hopkins. The donation will go the MECA Scholarship Fund.

Eric Hopkins captures the beauty of Maine in a variety of media, including watercolors, oils, blown glass, and photography. He grew up on North Haven, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has spent his career sharing his unique vision of the Pine Tree State. He has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle and shown his work at the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and several U.S. embassies across the globe. He is also represented in the corporate collections of Maine companies like L.L.Bean, Central Maine Power, and Idexx Laboratories. The donation will go to the North Haven EMS.

Since 1951, Alex Katz’s bold painting and prints have been shown in than 200 solo exhibitions and are included in more than 100 collections worldwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institute, and Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum. Katz is a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Manhattan’s Cooper Union Art School. In 1949, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since then, images of Maine have featured prominently in his vast collection of dramatic portraits and striking landscapes. In 1996, the Colby College Museum of Art opened a 10,000-square-foot wing dedicated to Katz and featuring more than 400 works donated by the artist. He is a longtime summer resident of Lincolnville. The donation will go to the Colby College Museum of Art.

Barbara Ernst Prey has earned widespread acclaim for her landscape watercolors, which frequently depict Maine. A New York native with degrees from Williams College and Harvard University, Prey maintains studios in Maine, New York, and Massachusetts, where she is an adjunct faculty at Williams. Her work been commissioned by NASA and the White House and is included in collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She currently serves on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts. The donation will go to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

William Wegman is best known for his cleverly posed photographs of his Weimaraner dogs, which have been exhibited worldwide for more than 40 years. After earning degrees in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Wegman began teaching at California State University, Long Beach. That’s when he got his dog Man Ray, a Weimaraner that would become the central figure of his owner’s art. Since Man Ray’s death in 1981, Wegman has continued to work with the dogs, featuring them in videos shown on Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, and Nickelodeon. They’ve also inspired nearly twenty children’s books. Wegman lives in Maine and New York. The donation will go to MOFGA.

The Art of Giving is made possible through the support of area businesses including Aurora Provisions, Transformit, Vena’s Fizz House, Sweetgrass Distillery, and Rainmaker Springs, and event sponsors MEMIC, L.L. Bean, Pequot Papers, Brown Printing Company, and Marlow Yachts. The Penobscot Bay YMCA is the community outreach sponsor for the Art of Giving Raffle.

For more information about Down East Magazine’s 60th Anniversary and Gala, visit



MMEA Awards

June 25, 2014


At the All-State conference this Spring the following Maine Music Educators Association awards were presented.

  • Music Educator of the Year, Karen Beacham, Mt. Blue
  • Administrator of the Year, Superintendent of Schools, Falmouth

Honored guests

  • Retiree Robert Coller and Mary Canning
  • MMEA President Nancy Curran
  • Past Presidents: Paul Phelan, Charlotte Neuberger, Merrill Shea, Silvia Moore-Young

President Nancy Curran and Karen Beacham



Barbara Powers


Retiree Robert Coller, MMEA President Nancy Curran, Past Presidents – Paul Phelan, Charlotte Neuberger, Merrill Shea, Silvia Moore-Young, Mary Canning


Community Conversation

June 24, 2014

Maine Focus Groups and Community Conversations – don’t miss this opportunity!

Are you interested in joining others interested in arts education to talk about the future of arts education in Maine? If so, please plan on attending the event on

Tuesday, July 29, 7:00=8:00 at the Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.27.24 PMWe have a wonderful opportunity to help influence the future of our community and the future of our state. Please join me  to participate in a discussion about the kinds of creative opportunities and activities you would like to see available for our residents, our children, and our families. Often times, plans are created for us, instead of with us they miss the mark and we miss the opportunity to see what we value included in the mix.

This opportunity is specific to arts education and part of a bigger picture that the Maine Arts Commission has undertaken.

Project Goal

  • Create Maines Cultural Strategic Plan
  • Discover new ways to increase the value, reach, and relevance of Maine Arts Commission’s programs and services across the State and, by spring 2015, create a cultural strategic plan to guide implementation.

Focus Group Goal & Community Conversation Goal

  • To achieve a clearer understanding of what Mainers think about arts and cultural development and what they would most value in terms of future opportunities, activities and offerings. These session provide the opportunity for more in-depth information seeking especially for people not inclined to complete a public opinion survey.

0422141055MAC Needs Your Help with Community Convenings

In order for Maine’s cultural strategic plan to be truly representative of all our residents, it is important that we hear from a variety of arts educators to share their opinions and views with us. More individuals will participate if they are invited by someone they know and trust. Please invite a colleague or someone else that you know is committed to quality visual and performing arts education for all students.

There will be several community gatherings in Maine but this is the only one that is specific to arts education.


Great Leaders

June 23, 2014

TED talk Simon Sinek

This is an interesting TED talk that I am certain that some of you will find interesting. Simon Sinek talks about leadership and how leaders inspire cooperation, trust and change. Hopefully you will think about who you work with that perhaps does one or more of these and what your place is in your school, district, and/or state level in arts education.




Music at the Core: Making Standards Work

June 22, 2014

Online course offered

This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the music curriculum.

Course description
Music teachers set high standards for their students by the nature of what they do. Performances have to make audiences and performers alike happy. But just getting applause and a “good job” from an administrator doesn’t mean you can readily prove what your students know and are able to do.

No matter where you are, this class will show you how to “begin with the end in mind” and structure your teaching around State, National and/or Common Core standards. We’ll explore online tools, building authentic rubrics, and how to manage your data. More importantly, you’ll learn how to enhance what you already do while meeting your Standards requirements.

Course goals
Upon completion of this course, learners will understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in music. Use of web-based technology will enhance this process and embed 21st Century skills throughout the course. This course also provides a component of each of the six Standards of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation process.

Course objectives
Collaborate with classroom or core subject teacher.
Develop effective rubrics for both teacher and student.
Adapt a lesson plan template to incorporate standards.
Explore online collaboration and/or storage tools.
Work collaboratively with peers to develop a standards aligned lesson and/or unit.

This course is being taught by Barbara Vinal (Packales) with a start date of July 9, 2014. To register please click here.

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