Archive for January, 2016


Brunswick Junior High School

January 31, 2016

Family Art Night – February 5, 5 to 7:30, cafeteria

Family Art Night 2016



January 30, 2016

High School rock off

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 7.17.44 PMThe Maine Academy of Modern Music is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 MAMM SLAM – Maine’s High School Rock Off! Click here to learn more and register:

For more details or to register, visit (until March 4th). The preliminary round will be held on April 9th at Bayside Bowl and the finals will be held on May 14th at the Portland House of Music & Events.

The competition is open to both solo performers and full bands.  The winners have a crack at $1000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Music Fund, along with coveted recording time, radio appearances, plum gigs, a tour of Gateway Mastering, and college scholarships to the Maine College of Art (MECA) of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band.  Awesome, right?

The MAMM SLAM is generously sponsored by, Coffee By Design,, State Theatre, Crooked Cove, Gateway Mastering, Rusty Rocket Music Fund, Bayside Bowl, and Portland House of Music & Events, with support from WCYY, WBLM, Maine Magazine and WPXT-TV.


Student Art Exhibit

January 29, 2016

Tidemark Gallery – Waldoboro

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Expanding Perceptions

January 28, 2016

If you can’t measure it, it does not exist

Brene Brown Courageworks speaks of connection, leaning into the work, courage, practice joy, compassion, and a host of other topics that just might connect to the work you do as an educator. Her TED Talk is worth a few minutes of your time. Take a look.


Madawaska Middle/High School

January 27, 2016

Music students create blog

The following blog post was written by Elizabeth Theriault who is a GT Music student at Madawaska Middle/High School and is one of the Gifted and Talented students at the high school. Elizabeth plans to study journalism.

Elizabeth Theriault

Elizabeth Theriault

We are the advocates, we are the voices, we are the supporters. We are the Gifted and Talented Music students of Madawaska Middle/High School.

Our blog represents all of which we want to accomplish, being students of the arts. It is focused, but not limited to promoting music and music education in our school and community. Madawaska Middle/High School has seen a serious decline in their arts programs, leaving those who are interested and/ or talented in those areas with no outlet to explore and learn. Therefore, it is our goal to try to promote the arts, including music, to build back the support it once had. It is a big job, but taking small steps, like making a blog to promote the arts of students, can add up over time.

The students behind this blog are the students that will be the voice for all painters, musicians, photographers, artists and more that want to be heard. We plan on using those voices to stir up as much support as we can. To show that the arts are important, the arts do matter, and the arts will play an important role in students lives.

Currently, our blog has numerous articles written by students themselves all about their own personal experiences with music. These articles illustrate how much music means to all of us, and we hope it inspires others so it means something to them as well.

So, our blog may be small, but we have dreams for it to grow into something that will make a difference in our lives as students today, and for many more students to come.

If you want to help us make that difference, come check out our blog at and spread the word on the importance of music and the arts in education.

This group of students work with Madawaska Middle/High School music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Josh Bosse.


Arts Learning Grants

January 26, 2016

Maine Arts Commission grants

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 10.18.08 PMThe Maine Arts Commission awards grants to artists, arts organizations, and arts educators through 12 different programs. The 2016 applications for six of these, with a deadline of March 24, are now open. The Arts Learning grant is especially for schools and educators working with students providing arts education.


The maximum award is $5,000. Last year the average grant award was $2,300.


Funds are to be used to enhance PK-12 arts education through teaching artist programs, connections with community arts education, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists and teachers of all content.

The proposal should include the use of best educational standards-based practices reflecting 21-century teaching and learning.

PK-12 schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions acting as or in partnership with teaching artists are eligible to apply for the Arts Learning grant.


Your school or organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a nonprofit organization, legally established in the state of Maine.
  • Has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, is a public school, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.


Arts Learning Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of high-quality arts education teaching and learning opportunities. (25%)
  • Clear description of the project and its impact. (20%)
  • Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners and capacity to carry it out. (20%)
  • Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. (15%)
  • Alignment with State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts and the Common Core standards. (10%)
  • Assurance that the project will include certified, trained teaching artists and will provide professional development opportunities where appropriate. (10%)


(All character counts include spaces. 4,400 characters/page)

  1. In two to four sentences, please describe your idea. (4,400 characters)
  2. Clearly state the objectives for the idea, and plans for evaluating your success.(2,300 characters)
  3. Describe your partnership, collaborative planning and the learners that you serve, including underserved students. (2,300 characters)
  4. How does your proposal align with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts? If relevant, speak to the Common Core standards. (2,300 characters)
  5. Who are the professional teachers and teaching artists involved in this project? Summarize their professional experience. (2,300 characters)


  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget
  • Most currently completed 990 (for organizations only)
  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel. Include resumes for all teaching artists
  • One to three letters of support from individuals or representatives of organizations or schools who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project
  • Lesson Plan/Unit showing learning outcomes and assessment tools

To read all of the details please go to


Teaching Artist Roster

January 25, 2016

7 new artists added

The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) is excited to add the following artists to the Teaching Artist Roster:

  • Ian Bannon – Theatre and Visual Arts
  • Doug Day – Music and Theatre
  • Gayle Fitzpatrick – Visual Arts
  • Richard B. Klyver – Visual Arts
  • Helena Melone – Dance
  • John Morris – Dance
  • Brigid Randowski – Media Arts

IMG_1016The artists on the roster have demonstrated mastery of an artistic discipline, knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction, good communications skills, planning and organizational ability, and an understanding of their target learners.

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

Since the establishment of the roster in December of 2014 MAC has conducted three rounds of applications. The Teaching Artists are available to conduct high-quality learning opportunities for students in school settings and community organizations that offer arts education. We encourage educators and those responsible for arts education to utilize the roster by communicating directly with the Teaching Artists.

Please note that all of the Teaching Artist contact information is included in their profile on

More information about the MAC Teaching Artist Roster is located at


Report on Creativity and Aging

January 24, 2016

NEA webinar showcases report

Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:24 PM
Subject: Advisory: Feb. 3 NEA webinar on creativity and aging

For immediate release                                            Contact: Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs
January 20, 2016                                                      202-682-5606 |

Live, public webinar on Wednesday, February 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is women over age 85. What role can the arts play in ensuring healthy aging for this growing population?  Learn more at the February 3 webinar, which introduces a white paper of recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging.  An archived version will be available at

The paper highlights recommendations on healthy aging, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design.  The summit was a precursor to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which addressed four major issues: retirement security, long-term services and supports, healthy aging, and elder abuse. The webinar will cover the main findings from the summit, including opportunities to use the arts to help develop vibrant, healthy communities and services for older adults.

·         Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director, National Endowment for the Arts, will moderate the webinar
·         Gay Hanna, Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging
·         Nora Super, Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

To join the webinar
The webinar takes place on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at

Follow the conversation @NEAarts and @CreativityAging with the hashtag #CreativeAgeSummit.

Check out the Maine Arts Commission webpage on Creative Aging at


What Are You Proud Of?

January 23, 2016

Ask yourself, ask your students

SoulPancake video with many people answering: What are you proud of?



January 22, 2016

High school Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project launches

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Contact: Cory Wilkerson
Tel: 800-587-6814

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has completed the selection of schools and teachers for the High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project. The project is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs), a component of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, were created at the benchmark grades of 2, 5, 8 and the three high school levels (proficient, accomplished, advanced) to demonstrate the type of standards-based evidence needed to show student achievement. In 2015, NCCAS completed the field testing of the elementary and middle school MCAs, and will be posting benchmarked examples of student work gathered as part of that project on the standards website.

For the high school project, NCCAS received applications from more than 120 schools and teachers to participate in the project focusing on MCAs in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts. Between 10 to 15 pilot sites were chosen for each discipline. The professional arts service organizations and members of the NCCAS Media Arts leadership committee made the choices based on a careful review of applicants, with the goal of creating a diverse cross section of urban, suburban, and rural schools from across the nation.

Participating educators began professional development training in the Core Arts Standards and the MCAs this month, in order to prepare them to pilot the tasks in their classrooms February through May.  Student work will be collected and benchmarked during the summer for archiving on the standards website.

Individuals and organizations interested in the project can follow the work or obtain more details as it unfolds, including a list of the states participating by geographic region, on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards wiki at

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