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News from MAEA

February 2, 2015

Maine Art Education Association upcoming opportunities


Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.19.14 AMRecognize FANTASTIC Art Educators by nominating them for one of the MAEA annual awards.  Deadline extension through Sunday, February 15. All forms can be found on our newly designed MAEA site. Digital submission of documents is strongly encouraged. Thank you for helping share the incredible efforts of our art teachers. If you have questions please contact Holly Houston at

MAEA is currently seeking nominations for the following categories:

  • MAEA Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Art Educators of the Year
  • MAEA Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year
  • MAEA Retired Art Educator of the Year
  • MAEA Museum Educator of the Year
  • MAEA Higher-Education Art Educator of the Year

Click here for the Awards Program Overview – which contains links to the Nomination Form, Vita Form, Ranking Process, and all scoring rubrics.


Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.18.44 AMThe Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibit being held at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is just around the corner. The link to register your YAM Submission(s) will be available until Wednesday, February 11th. (Not the 14th as previously shared. The storms may make this difficult however, please plan accordingly as the extended forecast this week continues to look unsettled.)

Drop off at PMA Loading Dock (99 Spring Street) one of the following dates/times

  • Thursday, February 12, 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday, February 13, 4:00-6:00pm
  • Saturday, February 14, 10:00am-1:00pm

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.18.52 AMMake sure to review the guidelines and print a copy of the Release Form for each artwork submitted! The artwork(s) need to be photographed. These photos will be used in the slideshow during the reception and will be posted on the website – so make sure the image is of high quality.

If you have questions, please reply to this email or contact Manon Lewis, the MAEA YAM chair:


The deadline t0 submit ideas to present at the Maine Art Education Association Spring Conference has been extended to February 8th!

Click here to submit a presentation! More information can be found at

Creating is a Constant – Quality is our Standard

Venue: Brewer High School
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:00
Registration: $40 (free for accepted presenters)
… and later that evening …
The MAEA Awards & Recognition Reception
Place to be determined.

Consider sharing what you have to offer with your colleagues.

Perks Include:
• Opportunity for leadership and collegiality
• Free admission to the conference (present a session, attend the rest free of charge – includes lunch)
• A day of networking and fun!

Please contact Heidi O’Donnell if you have any questions at



Playing it Forward

February 2, 2015

Hampden Academy’s Music Industry Class

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 8.47.57 PMStudents in Pat Michaud’s music industry class at Hampden Academy have created a CD. The class teaches students how to operate audio, work in a music studio, and produce a CD.

We know that this curriculum is not so unusual, but this learning opportunity turned into something larger. Students decided to plan a concert to perform the music that they wrote and included on the CD they created. The proceeds from the selling of the CD has become a way to help out others. At the concert they sold the CD to raise money for the former workers of the Verso Mill workers in Bucksport.

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 8.48.53 PMSenior Daniel Rice said: “I think it’s just a great feeling because I get to do what I love and to be able to donate the money it also a great thing.”

And, Mr. Michaud adds, “The nice thing about this is what they’re going to hear mostly tomorrow is all original material. These are all compositions the student have written themselves.”

The students have raised $1000 and there are a few CD’s still available to purchase for $8 by contacting Pat at And, you can learn more at

This is not the first time that this type of project has been done at Hampden Academy. You can read about their other projects at the following links.  This is the third collaboration we’ve done. We will sell those for $1 a piece.  Folks can contact me through e-mail me at Hampden Academy

The first time they undertook the project the following was published in the Bangor Daily News

An article was published in the Feb. 2011 edition of the Maine Music Educator’s Bulletin. The article is called “Playing it Forward at Hampden Academy” on Pages 26-28 at–Technology-Issue

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