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Survey Closing

May 3, 2016

Tonight at midnight

On December 15, 2016 I sent the following message to the Maine Arts Education community:

I am soooooo excited to announce that the Maine Arts Commission has launched the Statewide Arts Education survey which you will be hearing a great deal about in the next few months. We are thrilled that we are partnering with PK-12 Arts educators, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Maine Principals’ Association, Maine Department of Education, Maine Alliance for Arts Education, and the New England Institute for Teacher Education.

Here we are four and a half months later and about to close the survey (tonight at midnight). The collection of information has been outstanding. As of this morning, 94% – 556 schools have submitted the survey. This success is because many of you have contributed! THANK YOU seems to small to express how appreciative the Maine Arts Commission is to everyone who has contributed. We are grateful to the visual and performing arts teachers, the census steering committee, principals who submitted the survey for the school, superintendents who urged principals to complete the survey, other educators, teaching artists, parents, community arts organizations, and the many other community members who made phone calls, sent emails, and communicated.

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A large part of this happened thanks to 15 Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leaders who served as ambassadors and contacted school personnel. And, Noel Paul Stookey who serves as the census Champion has been amazing. He wrote a letter and created a song/video inviting principals to complete the survey. Many participated due to his message. I am grateful for everyone’s involvement!

Washington superintendents region schools reporting – 100%. Aroostook and York regions – 98%. Hancock and Mid-Coast – 97%. Cumberland and Kennebec Valley – 95%.

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Noel Paul Stookey

This work reflects a strong collaboration and is a clear message to me about how much people in Maine care about the future of visual and performing arts education for all learners! The next steps are being done by the census consultant who will be collecting anecdotal information from educators throughout the state. If you are interested in being interviewed for this part of the census please contact me ASAP. Everyone will not be able to participate but we are looking to collect from our diverse population.

By the middle of the summer we should have a report and a draft plan for how to put the report into action. Over the next year we will be putting the information into the hands of policy makers. Of course, the blog will have the information/details. This could be an opportunity for you to help guide and strengthen arts education at the local level.

We do have about 30 schools who have not completed the survey. If you are wondering if your school is one of them please go to (not updated with the latest as of 8:15 AM) and check the list of who has completed the survey. Thank you to each and every blog reader who has helped with the statewide census!

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