Archive for June, 2018


TED Talk

June 29, 2018

Reshma Saujani

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”


Kathy Shaw Retires

June 28, 2018

Amazing work for 28 years

The Maine Arts Commission Senior Grants Director, Kathy Shaw, is retiring tomorrow after serving the people of Maine for 28 years. She has been a wonderful colleague supporting arts education in multiple ways. She has  worked with the Arts Learning grant program and applicants, helped set up the Dance Education and Ticket to Ride grants in the Grants Management System, supported the work of teaching artists in the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, and has been available to answer my questions and provide advice since I started at the MAC almost 5 years ago.

Kathy has been the kind, patient, and helpful voice on the other end of the phone or email for Maine arts grantees for 28 years — in addition to many other ways she’s served the field during that time, including as Director of Arts Accessibility. Now she hopes to spend more time in her garden — but not before we give her a proper send off! Please attend the Open House we are hosting in Kathy’s honor on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm at the Arts Commission offices at 193 State Street (across from the Blaine House) in Augusta. RSVP here for this free event — and to leave a note for Kathy!

Kathy Ann joined the Maine Arts Commission staff in 1988 to serve as Museum & Visual Arts Associate, moved up to Contemporary Arts Associate, and has held the position of Senior Grants Associate since 2007. She oversees the management of all the agency’s grant programs in coordination with program staff. Additionally, she serves as the agency’s grants liaison with the National Endowment for the Arts. Kathy Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Studies degree in Aesthetics, Art History and Philosophy from the University of Maine, Orono, and has completed course work for a Masters of Arts degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy Center for Museum Studies in San Francisco. After returning to Maine, she held the position of Assistant Development Director at the Portland Museum of Art. Kathy Ann is on the Board of Directors of the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. She enjoys gardening and studying comparative religion at her home in Augusta where she lives with her husband and two Newfoundland dogs.

Best wishes Kathy Shaw – may all your retirement wishes come true!


Be an Illustrator for a Day

June 27, 2018

Folk Art Studio at Fiber & Vine

Be an Illustrator for a Day! workshop for students with Rochelle Draper. Being held on Tuesday, August 14, Folk Art Studio at Fiber & Vine, Norway. Learn more below and at classes


Happening at the Legislature

June 26, 2018

Proficiency-Based Diploma

Last week the Maine Legislature reconvened and worked on LD 1666: “An Act To Ensure the Successful Implementation of Proficiency-based Diplomas by Extending the Timeline for Phasing in Their Implementation”.  As a result the Maine State Senate voted in favor of the House’s amendment. Next step: the Governor, for support or veto. If the amendment is signed, school districts would have a choice to offer a proficiency-based diploma or return to the credit-based diploma.

To learn more please CLICK HERE.


Eat the Rainbow!

June 25, 2018


In a collaboration between FoodCorps and the Hall School art program, fifth graders (and a few fourth) created almost 64 square feet of “mini masterpieces”, assembled into a colorful and impactful collage.

Students learned the importance of “eating the rainbow” to get a variety of fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals for a healthy body and mind. They applied the color theory they learned in art class with art teacher Lisa Wheeler and what they learned in the school garden with Emily Dufford, the FoodCorps Service Member who is serving the Hall School in year three of a five year program.

Students created over 400 monochromatic resists using crayons and watercolor paint of colorful fruits and vegetables. They saw how individual pieces of art can be combined to make a whole; alone they have little impact but together . . . WOW!

Fifth graders also learned the value in creating art to leave their mark on the Hall School as they depart soon for middle school.

Thank you Lisa Wheeler for providing this information. 


Art and Yoga

June 24, 2018

Sweet Tree Arts – Hope

Interested in art and yoga? If so, Sweet Tree Arts Center in Hope is offering a class Art and Yoga Summer Adventure with Nina Devenney for children ages 6-12, July and August. For more info or to register CLICK HERE.


Education at the Farnsworth

June 23, 2018

Summer Opportunities

The Farnsworth Art Museum, located in Rockland, has a full schedule of opportunities this summer and into September.

On May 20 over 585 visitors attended the opening event of the yearlong Stories of the Land and Its People 2018 exhibition. Attending the event included students, families, educators, artists, and community members. The event kicked off at the Strand Theatre in Rockland with a red carpet entrance and three original performances by 4th grade students at Lincolvnille Central School, Appleton Village School, and Rockland’s South School. Everyone enjoyed poetry readings, films, puppet shows, and collaborative projects by over 165 midcoast students. Eighteen educators and artists were honored at the stage. The exhibition is on view until September 9 with a special tour on July 11, 1:30.

Stories of the Land and Its People program includes 4th and 7th grade students who used the art experience to study a variety of subjects including Maine studies, science, environment, poetry, geography, and more! The exhibit includes interactive stations, digital work and touchable items created for visitors to enjoy. The museum provides this arts in education program free of charge to Mid-coast Maine schools. Funding is provided by several organizations including the Maine Arts Commission.

The Farnsworth’s Stories of the Land and Its People program was developed and led by Andrea L. Curtis, Arts in Education Program Manager, and celebrates its 7th year working with local Maine schools.

Teaching artist Scot Cannon leading students in performance. Photo credit: Michael O’Neil

Other Farnsworth Art Museum learning opportunities this summer include:
  • Special Gallery Tour: Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold. Wednesday, June 27, 1 p.m. Meet in the Main Lobby at the museum
  • The Wyeth Experience, Fridays and Saturdays through, July through September, 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tour begins at the Wyeth Center. The tour includes an intimate look at select Wyeth works at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, and continues by van to the Olson House for an in-depth tour.
  • Raising the Stakes Poetry Writing Workshop with Kathleen Ellis, Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13, 9 a.m. – noon, Gamble Education Center.
  • Intro to Plein-Air Watercolor with Annie Bailey, Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gamble Education Center.
  • Wyeth Day Lecture: Christina’s World at 70, Thursday, July 12, 2 p.m.,
    The Strand Theatre.
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