Artful Teaching!

October 4, 2016

Still room for Thursday’s Conference

Teaching Artful Practice/ Practice Artful Teaching
Franco American Heritage Center: October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cheryly Hulteen

Cheryly Hulteen

Arts teaching professionals have much to share in their partnership to create personal artful pathways for students to express and explore creative voice through the arts. Using the Multiple Intelligences Theory, join us in a collaboration-defining, exploring, celebrating and understanding different practices of artful teaching. We will build a learning community that reflects the role the arts play in everything we do, teach and learn by strengthening the creative exchanges of artful process and practice.

  • $40 registration includes lunch, 4 contact hours provided (no cost for full time students).
  • Primary Presenter: Cheryl Hulteen

REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE. Please email Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or Beth Lambert at beth.lambert@maine.gov if you have any questions.

Guests are encouraged to attend the opening reception and keynote for the Maine International Conference on the Arts at the Franco Center beginning at 4:30. Featuring keynote speaker is Crystal Williams, a poet, essayist, advocate, Associate Professor of English, and Vice President for the Office of Diversity at Bates College; speaking on “Practical Approaches to Creating Impact: Getting to Cultural Equity.
MICA starts the next morning, Friday, October 7 at the Bates Mill with an Idea Lab which includes 5 presentations (similar to pecha kucha).  The Arts Commission is proud to present five diverse Maine artists:
  • Marsha Donahue, Visual Arts, Millinocket. The owner and founder of North Light Gallery, Marsha has degrees in the fine arts from American University and the Maine College of Art and cites as inspirations Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.
  • Nancy Frohlich, Arts Education, Rockport. The founding director of Leaps of Imagination, Nancy has worked in small schools as a Head of School, Director of Studies, and teacher. Her early training was with Sybil Marshall, who believed that a classroom is like a symphony: one subject should flow into and connect with the others, like instruments in an orchestra.
  • Salim Salim, Literature, Bowdoin College. Salim speaks five languages and was born and raised in the city of Mosul, Iraq. His family was one of many forced to escape. Salim and his family came to the U.S. in 2010, where he attended Portland’s Deering High School. Salim credits organizations like Seeds of Peace, The Telling Room, and TEDxDirigo for helping him maximize his potential as an immigrant living in America.
  • Sarah Sockbeson, Traditional Arts, Lewiston. Sarah creates handcrafted authentic Penobscot ash basketry made from the finest quality brown ash and sweetgrass and woven with traditional Maine Wabanaki techniques. She is a third generation participant in the Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, having apprenticed with Jennifer Neptune in 2004.
  • Daniel Sonenberg, Performing Arts, South Portland. Daniel is a composer and performer best known for his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. The opera was premiered in concert format in a joint presentation by Portland Ovations and the University of Southern Maine in 2014, with the support of a National Endowments for the Arts grant.  It will receive its staged world premiere by Pittsburgh Opera in 2017.

Following the idea lab there will be 20 breakout sessions with 4 specific to education including:

  • John Morris

    John Morris

    Creativity: A Group Inquiry presented by teaching artist/dancer John Morris
    Session Description:
    What is creativity? How can it potentially impact our lives? And how do we talk about it with each other? This structured group dialogue will help artists, advocates and educators make connections between creativity research and creativity in practice, while promoting inquiry into the nature of creativity, as well as its role in art, education and community.

  • screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-7-26-18-amSTEAMing up in Maine – panel with KATE COOK WHITT, Thomas College Assistant Professor teaching STEAM education, (Kate has a B.A. in Neuroscience and Music History/Theory), JONATHAN GRAFFIUS, K-6 art teacher, Poland Community School, who includes STEAM in his teaching, MALLEY WEBER, self-employed artist and specializes in teaching about local glacial-marine clay and integrates the science of ceramics with art, CHUCK CARTER, Chief Creative Officer who creates video games connecting illustration and animation.Session Description: What is all the buzz about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) going on across the country? What are the benefits of STEAM in Maine education and beyond? This  presentation, in panel format, will bring together four people who are focusing on the topic in their work and play. From PK to higher ed, from teaching artist to game creator. Your questions and ideas are welcome!
  • Lindsay Pinchbeck

    Lindsay Pinchbeck

    Stories and Images of Malawi – No one can show you the sunDzuwa Salodzelano with presenters LINDSAY PINCHBECK, director of Sweet Tree Arts and founder of Sweetland School, a Reggio Emilia Inspired Arts Integrated elementary program in Hope, ME. ARGY NESTOR, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission.Session Description: An 18-day journey to Malawi in July led to the most amazing teachers doing incredible work with very little resources (financial or tangible). The arts were the powerful tool that guided the daily workshops with 12 teachers and opened the hearts and minds of all involved. Join Lindsay and Argy on a visual journey and hear stories of songs and traditions gathered along the paths in Malawi.

  • Take a peek at the full schedule by CLICKING HERE.

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