Archive for December, 2020

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Around the World

December 31, 2020

Top 12 Films of 2020


I’ve posted about the Global Oneness Project in the past. They continuous are providing amazing resources, food for thought, asking challenging questions, and pushing on educators thinking. Thank you to Executive Director Cleary Vaughan-Lee recently I received an email with the following information. I’m not re-wording the message that Cleary sent since it is ‘spot on’ (as Rob Westerberg would say)!

A good story has the potential to broaden a student’s worldview, providing a foundation to foster empathy and inquiry. I love this description of storytelling from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Eudora Welty, who explored the American South. She said, “Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.” 

We’ve created a collection of our most viewed films of the year. From an ecologist in the church forests in Ethiopia to a Native teenage basketball player in a remote community in Alaska, these stories document the vulnerability and resiliency of life around the world. 

I’ve been watching these films and they are thought provoking and they warm my heart – a good thing for the end of 2020!

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Pentatonix

December 30, 2020

Get in the Holiday Spirit with this performance of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the A Capella group Pentatonix.

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Change for a Dollar

December 30, 2020

Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE? Follow a man as he affects multiple peoples’ lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn’t take much to be the change in someone’s life.

As we finish out a very challenging year I encourage you to think about how you can be part of change for the better through small acts of kindness. I know that many of the Maine Arts Education blog readers are change makers. I certainly appreciate your good work in your corner of the world and am hopeful that the differences individuals are making will continue. All of the small acts of kindness add up to a very large impact! I am grateful!

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Memories

December 29, 2020

This is the official Maroon 5 – Memories Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir. This video was made during the quarantine period of the COVIC-19 pandemic using videos recorded by choir members at their homes.

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Ode to Joy

December 29, 2020

Musician and Conductor André Rieu performing “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven live in Maastricht with His Johann Strauss Orchestra. Even with the video a bit blurry the performance is beautiful. Please listen and see for yourself.

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Kwanzaa

December 28, 2020

Recognized December 26 – January 1

Kwanzaa is an African-Americans celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January and based on seven principles which are represented by seven candles and Kiswahili words.

  • unity – umoja
  • self-determination – kujichagulia
  • collective work and responsibility – ujima
  • cooperative economics – ujamaa
  • purpose – nia
  • creativity – kuumba
  • faith – imani

Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one with an inherent spiritual quality.

Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. Dr. Karenga created this festival for Afro-Americans as a response to the commercialism of Christmas. In fact one might say that Kwanzaa has similarities with Thanksgiving in the United States or the Yam Festival in Ghana and Nigeria. The word “kwanza” is a KiSwahili (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) word meaning “first.”

Learn more about Kwanzaa at THIS LINK.

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Nat King Cole

December 28, 2020

Merry Christmas to you lyric video

This song is definitely the one that I remember him singing. The Christmas Song, also called Merry Christmas to You, in this video with the lyrics that you may want to share with elementary students. There’s also a wonderful new animated version that can be seen on Facebook Watch.

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Deck the Halls

December 28, 2020

This clip was created by a former student, Aaron Robinson, who is a composer, conductor, musician & author. He is a concert pianist and as a teenager was mesmerized by the ragtime music of Glenn Jenks. He taught himself the “Maple Leaf Rag”; in this video you’ll hear Aaron playing a ragtime version of Deck the Halls. Not only is Aaron an amazing musician but he is also kind, gentle and very funny (as a middle schooler and as an adult)!

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The Lennon Sisters

December 27, 2020

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

From the Lawrence Welk Show, 1958. I wonder how many of the Maine Arts Ed blog readers remember The Lennon Sisters?

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739,539 Lights

December 27, 2020

The Piano Guys

A piano, a cello, and 739,539 Christmas lights. Perhaps a perfect setting for a mashup of two of the most well known and beloved Christmas carols, “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland.” For this tune we triple-channeled the stylistic vibe of legends Michael Bublé, Sara Bareilles, and the Doobie Brothers! We stitched them together so tightly that we hope it feels like being wrapped in a patchwork blanket of both carols, these artists, and The Piano Guys throughout every second of the song. Add the visual splendor of an inordinate amount of synchronized lights filmed in below-freezing temperatures and it’s instant Christmas spirit!

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