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UMaine Community Artreach

September 24, 2020

Art Education

Last spring art education students at the University of Maine in one of Connie Albertson’s courses were working on a yearly community artreach/servide learning project called the University of Maine Art Education Community Outreach (UMAECO).

Community partners Kathy Pollard of Know Your Land and the lead project director of the Bangor Land Trust’s Edible Landscape Project, Ann Pollard Ranco, enrolled member of the Penobscot Nation, and others who worked together to develop interdisciplinary/ intercultural art lessons that also address LD 295. In addition art teacher Courtney Harvey at the Doughty Middle School in Bangor was part of the project with plans to teach in person lessons. When schools closed because of the pandemic the university students turned to video lessons. Consequently, they’ve produced useful online lessons that are available for a broader audience at THIS LINK. You might find this helpful in person and/or remotely when planning lessons for the school year.

The resources include the history, culture, and all kinds of interesting information about the outdoors of Maine’s Indigenous peoples and directly connect with Maine’s Bicentennial celebration. Several resources are included and geared to grades 6-8, adaptable for high school.

Thank you to these students who are responsible for the work.

Iorthanis Andoniades

Blake Eden

Marion Harless

Sarah Picard

Kate Westhaver

This project was supported by generous grants from The Maine Humanities Council, The University of Maine McGillicuddy Humanities Center and the Department of Art. If you have any questions please contact Connie Albertson at constant@maine.edu.

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