Archive for January, 2016

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Brunswick Junior High School

January 31, 2016

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

Family Art Night 2016

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MAMM SLAM

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: http://www.maineacademyofmodernmusic.org

For more details or to register, visit www.mainetoday.com/mammslam (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 MaineToday.com, Coffee By Design, freezingprocess.net, 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.

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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.

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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 https://instrumentingsuccessbandingtogetherforthearts.wordpress.com/ 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.

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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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 24, 2016, 5 PM.

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

ABOUT GRANT

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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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.

REVIEW CRITERIA

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%)

APPLICATION NARRATIVE

(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)

APPLICATION PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/artslearning#.

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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 https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster.

More information about the MAC Teaching Artist Roster is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artists.

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