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Creating the Future

December 19, 2017

End of year reflection – creating communities of hope

With another calendar year coming to a close, I’m taking a few minutes on this blog to reflect about the work (and play) that you do across the state and country – making the world a better place!

You engage in art, music, dance, theater, writing, AND you make environments where others can create in the arts. But, what you do is so much more than creating. You make positive spaces where individuals are comfortable and find a home. Where young people and adults can come together and learn from each other, where they can stretch themselves and in many cases, learn to believe in themselves. These spaces that you provide for all ages leads to creating the future – full of wide eyes and HOPE!

During the December holidays we recognize and celebrate and they are full of hope. The arts help bridge this hope to carry forward throughout the year – in our hearts and in our communities. Through teaching and learning your work inspires learners and equips them to find their own purpose and voice. Each person can take that forward and contribute hope to their communities.

THANK YOU for the time you spend, sometimes awake at night, wondering how to reach every learner. How you will face the challenges. How to guide them in finding their voice and empowering them to be life-long creative learners. Teaching is a super power and your leadership in the classroom, school, and community is appreciated. The courage that it takes to go into your classroom, stand before a school board, attend town meetings, testify before the legislature, write a letter to an influential person at the national level and all of the things you do, does not go unnoticed.

You each have a story to tell and in 2018 I encourage you to tell that story through a contribution to the Maine Arts Education blog. Perhaps it is an idea that you use that works with individuals or large groups of learners. Or maybe its a mountain that you’ve climbed through your own art making process. Or an encounter that you’ve had many years after having taught a student. Perhaps it is a change in your community that is happening because of the work your students are doing. Whatever your story, please have the courage in 2018 to share it with others. Not to boast, but so we can learn from your experiences. Many of you’ve heard me say “none of us is as smart as all of us”. I invite you to share your knowledge so we can all learn. My friend Carol Trimble says “we’re a genius”. I love that!

My wish for you during the break is to celebrate what you give each and every day! As the sun sets on another year, THANK YOU for your passion and the commitment you make to provide and support an excellent arts education for every learner!

Photos provided by Equinox Guiding Service

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