Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts EducationMay 9, 2016
Students, teachers, and parents traveled through the last snow storm (most likely) of the season to the State House in Augusta to attend the celebration of the Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education at the Hall of Flags recently. The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education, in partnership with the First Lady of Maine, Ann LePage, are proud to sponsor the program.
Congratulations students whose artwork is part of the exhibit from the following school districts: MSAD #51 (Cumberland/North Yarmouth), RSU3 (Unity), and AOS91 (Mt. Desert). Congratulations to the 62 students whose artwork is throughout the State House complex until the middle of June.
Congratulations to the following teachers whose students are exhibiting: James Treadwell, Suzannah Wood, and Lynda McCann-Olson from Greely Middle School and McCann-Olson and Joanne Matusko from the Mabel I. Wilson School in MSAD 51; Greg Warren from Monroe Elementary, Morse Memorial, and Walker schools, Linda Ravin from Mount View Elementary School, Eric Phillips from Mount View High School, and Gloria Hewett from Mount View Middle School in RSU 3; and Charles Johnson and Mary Swift from Mount Desert Island High School, Carol Shutt, Mount Desert Elementary School, Robert Sattler, Pemetic School, Chandra Raymond, Swan’s Island School and Tremont Consolidated School, and Connie Barnes, Trenton Elementary School, all in AOS 91.
Greely High School Madrigal Singers under teh direction of Sarah Bailey and the Greely High School Jazz Combo delighted the attendees with their performance at the celebration. The singers will perform the National Anthem and an additional song at the reception’s opening, and the jazz combo will close the celebration.
Maine’s First Lady, Ann LePage attended the celebration to congratulate and honor the students. Joining the First Lady were Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission; Dr. William Beardsley, Deputy Commissioner of Education; and Peter E. Geiger, State Board of Education Vice-Chair.
At the conclusion of the ceremony students gathered with the First Lady to have their picture taken and toured the State House complex to view the artwork. It was a delightful afternoon!
You can view the student artwork online at