Archive for April 16th, 2016


Calling Teaching Artist Leaders

April 16, 2016

Leadership role

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, Phase VI

Visual and Performing Arts Teaching Artist Leader Application


Join us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) invites YOU to be part of Phase VI. For the past five years, MALI has worked with visual and performing arts educators from Maine schools to become leaders in developing arts education in their districts. As the initiative enters Phase VI, MALI has grown to include 73 teacher leaders. For the last two years, teaching artists have been included in our summer institute.

Teaching Artist John Morris leads the MALI teacher leaders in some stretching

Teaching Artist John Morris leads the MALI teacher leaders in some stretching

This year, we are looking for teaching artists who are interested in being leaders and helping to develop teaching and learning in the arts. This is an opportunity for you to participate in professional development and networking, as well as to have a voice in the direction of arts education in the state of Maine.

If you are selected, you will be required to attend our summer institute, August 10, 11, and 12, 2016. We will provide professional development workshops and support for you to develop your own workshop related to your area of arts expertise. We will then ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other teaching artists, educators and community members in your region and beyond.

If interested, please send a completed application by the Friday, May 6, 2016 deadline to Argy Nestor at ASAP. Details are below.

Selected Teacher Artist Leader responsibilities for the 2016-17 school year include:

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend the three-day Summer Institute, August 10-12, 2016, USM, Portland
  • Present your draft workshop and receive feedback, at an all-day event, date and location to be determined
  • Present the finished workshop in your region
  • Present a workshop at a mega-regional workshop site that will be coordinated by the MALI leadership team
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the work of Phase VI with teacher leaders and the leadership team to be held winter/spring 2017

To access the teaching artist leader application please CLICK HERE. If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission.


In Today’s News

April 16, 2016

Clay mural artist in residency

photo 5Randy Fein just completed a clay mural with 187 fifth graders at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School entitled “Exploration”. The mural was unveiled as part of the school’s Science Discovery Night.

photo 3Each student created a 6 inch tile that became part of the mural which has become a permanent artwork in the school. Fein is on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster located at THIS LINK. She said she is a life long amateur astronomer inspired by her Dad.

Read the entire article describing the work in the Times Record at THIS LINK.

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